Let’s face it , quarantine and social distancing has us spending way too much time with our significant others one way another.
As much as you may be head over heels with each other, you might find yourself arguing a little bit more than usual and that’s completed okay. Most people don’t spend this much time under one roof together, so this takes a lot of adjusting and learning.
Below are some tips to maximize sanity when quarantining with a significant other.
1.If you are working from home , set up your work stations in different areas of the house. Try to reserve known “office/work hours” where you each give each other space to handle work tasks. Working in the same room can be distracting and can result in very unproductive workdays.
2. Take some time for yourself everyday, where you just do something for you. Only because you are quaranting together, doesn’t mean you have to be in the same room together all day. Time some time for yourself. It’s okay, you are still in the same house !
It’s good to have your own personal me time where you can: watch your own shows, read a book, catch up on the news, nap, meditate, call up friends ,whatever your heart desires. Just how you would if things were normal, you would have your own plans and things to do. Being at home gives you the perfect opportunity to set a time that is yours.
3. Just how you need personal time, you need set times where you spend time with your partner with no distractions. Tensions sometimes arise when it feels like your partner is not present or on their phones or playing games or maybe busy with work or other hobbies. Putting away phones or silencing them for at least an hour so you can spend some one on one time helps you treasure those moments you see aside for each other so that you don’t feel like you need to spend more time with each other than you should.
4. Know when to step back. Some couples love doing everything together and that’s okay too. Learn when its okay to step back and let the person breathe and think.
5. Set aside time every week to check up on each other’s mental health. Quarantining and social distancing has taken a toll on many people mental health. It is important to stay up to date with how you are feeling and communicating those emotions clearly to each other to avoid confusion and unnecessary to conflict.
6.Be patient. This is a new experience for everyone, and it takes a lot of strength for many people to spend so much time together. Take it one day at a time and learn from each day together.