Lockdown has changed the way we live our lives in ways we never imagined.
It’s a tense time, and you’ll no doubt have a lot on your mind.
It’s not all face masks and banana bread as social media might have you believe.
Relationships, whether newly formed or 3 years deep will face new challenges during this testing period.
Can Your Relationship Survive Lockdown?
We’ve shared some ideas on how to keep your lockdown love strong below.
The first and most important step is to take care of you.
Focus on your well-being and make sure you’re giving yourself the tools to cope with the lockdown.
A few ideas on what can help below.
Whether it’s a walk in the park or a full-on HIIT workout, keep yourself moving.
The rush of endorphins and sense of routine will keep you feeling motivated to get through this period.
Use apps such as Calm or Headspace to check in with yourself and take 10 minutes away from the real world.
Light meditation can be uplifting and a good way for you to feel grounded.
You might not be able to visit friends and family but you can certainly be in contact.
Use video calling to stay connected and check in on your team.
Even reconnect with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while for a feel-good boost.
Make a Plan
Talk to your partner and work out a plan on when and how you will communicate.
Set a time of day that you can both be free for a video call or chat.
Having a routine can help you feel connected and more stable.
If you live together, this could be as simple as setting time slots where you cook together or have a clear out.
Don’t get into the rhythm of the mundane day to day chat.
Ask them how they’re really doing.
Let them have a chance to speak out on what they’re thinking/feeling.
Lending an ear can really improve someone’s day but also help you feel closer to each other.
Set Time Apart
Ensure you are both taking time out to follow your own pursuits, separate from each other.
Read, watch a series or cook something new as an experience for yourself.
You don’t need to be in each other’s pockets all day.
Make an Effort
Whether you live with bae or they’re a FaceTime away, make an effort.
Yes, there are very important things going on in the world right now.
But that doesn’t mean you walk around in your stain covered pyjamas all day.
Fix up, look sharp.
Ultimately, it’s not going to be easy.
But, if you know that and understand that you’re both likely to become frustrated at points you will be better equipped to deal with it.
This won’t be forever, so just be patient with each other and keep talking.
You’ll get through it in no time!