Now that we are all staying home due to COVID-19, are you finding it hard to manage your relationship or the children or working from home? The combination of those three can increase stress if you don’t know how to manage them well. It’s like the movie, The Perfect Storm. Please forgive me if I get this wrong, but if I remember correctly, in that movie 3 different storms come together and create a super storm. Sound familiar?
Having to work from home while the kids are home trying to do school or keep from getting bored, and be around your spouse all day everyday sounds like 3 stressful “storms” coming together. What are you going to do? How are you going to juggle it all? Unfortunately, there may be more storms. If you are like my wife, she is craving Chick-fil-a right now. The usual ability to get out and have fun or see different scenery than your own familiar walls is a very missed luxury right now. Humans need newness and experiences outside the norm. I heard one person say recently, “There is a reason they use solitary confinement in jails and prisons.” We may not be totally solitary, but the combination of the changes that have come upon us so suddenly can cause intense amount of stress, especially in light of the anxiety around COVID-19.
So, I wanted to try to help. Hopefully this will provide some ideas on how to keep your relationship on track while working through the changes.
- Practice patience and kindness
- Bring back your creative side
- Share duties and give each other time to reboot
- Learn about grace and forgiveness
- Get outside
- Be playful
- Practice listening and understanding
- Focus on teamwork
These 10 tips are almost self explanatory, but I will expound on them in the next few blog posts. They may not seem like they are ways to improve your relationship, but if you are practicing each of these daily or weekly, I can almost guarantee they will help. Please stay tuned. If you have trouble, please don’t wait to call me or email me so we can see if we can help you. Sometimes people just get temporarily stuck. Sometimes there are deeper things going on. Sometimes we just need someone to listen to us. Whatever it is, let me help!