COVID-19 has taken a serious toll on many relationships around Australia, especially in areas facing increased lockdown restrictions. With so many people forced to spend far more time with their significant other than usual due to lockdown restrictions, it is no surprise that many couples are cracking under the added pressure. On top of this, many people are also experiencing job insecurity, uncertainty about the future, financial issue, stress, loneliness and a million other factors that grain on people’s mental wellbeing and ability to be present in their relationships.
While every relationship is different and faces different obstacles, here are a few tips to take on board to help to keep your relationship strong and happy through the pandemic.
1. Focus on the little things
With all of the added stress of the pandemic, it may be challenging to put a lot of time and energy into working on your relationship with your significant other, so it is important to be grateful for the little things. Learn to appreciate small acts of affection and love, for example, cooking a nice dinner, leaving a sweet note or buying your partner’s favourite ice-cream. All these little things can add up to a happy and stable relationship and don’t require much effort; you just have to take notice.
2. Understand each other’s love language
Sometimes, you may feel like your partner isn’t displaying enough affection or acts of love; however, maybe you simply have different love languages. According to Gary Chapman, there are five love languages; words of affirmation, quality time, giving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. Understanding you and your partners love language is important in ensuring that there are no ‘language barriers’ in your relationship.
3. Give each other space
While this may be difficult when living together during lockdown, especially during the current level four restrictions in Melbourne, it is important to try to give each other space. This may mean working in separate rooms, going out for exercise independently or doing the groceries separately. Often, just a little physical or emotional space is all you need to be able to gain a little composure and clarity on your relationship and to appreciate each other when you do spend quality time together.
4. If necessary, seek couples counselling
If you and your partner are struggling with the pressures that COVID has placed on the relationship, couples counselling may be the answer. An experienced psychologist can help all parties to air their feelings and difficulties in a safe space and work through them together to strengthen your relationship.
Life Resolutions Couples Counselling
If you and your partner are struggling to cope through these difficult times, couples counselling could be exactly what you need. At Life Resolutions, we have specialist psychologists that can work with you and your partner to develop strategies and techniques to strengthen your relationship and overcome obstacles you may be facing. While it may be intimidating to reach out for relationship counselling, it can really make all the difference in finding happiness in your relationship and reigniting that spark.
Contact Jodie Brenton and Mary Magalotti Life Resolutions Today
If you would like to hear more on our couples counselling services, or any other mental health services available at our Life Resolutions clinic, feel free to contact our friendly team here. Furthermore, if you would like to discover more about our CEO and Founder, Jodie Brenton, or our Principal Psychologist, Mary Magalotti, or even learn more about the journey of Life Resolutions, head to our website today.
At Life Resolutions, we are always looking to improve our ability to provide quality mental care to our valued clients, so please do not hesitate to reach out to Mary Magalotti and Jodie Brenton Life Resolutions, if you have any feedback, questions or suggestions.