COVID-19 has dramatically affected our lives. It has made a deep impact on our physical and mental health, financial stability and our relationships with other people. The 2021 lockdowns which have been imposed in multiple regions in the country are important due to the rapidly growing cases of the novel virus. Nonetheless, one can’t deny the emotional effects of such measures on our relationships.
Now, when you are at home during the lockdown and trying to cope up with this uncertain situation, your personal relationships might take a hit. You cannot do much about the spread of the virus but you can take active steps to preserve your relationships.
Here are 5 things that will help you nurture your relationship amidst the severe stress caused by the ongoing pandemic:
Sometimes, a relationship becomes about ‘living next to each other’ instead of ‘being with each other’. We can use the lockdown as an opportunity to think and nurture the equations at home. Try to use physical proximity to spend meaningful time with your partner and family. Do something enjoyable together in order to bond and get through the time together as a team. Encourage joint participation in activities like cooking, playing, watching the television or exercising. Try to connect with your spouse and other family members like never before because it is this cosmic connection that will help you sail through this difficult ocean.
Laughter helps reduce stress and anxiety. It makes our immune system stronger, boosts our mood, and reduces pain. When our mind is overburdened with fear and tensions, watching funny shows and doing fun activities with the children can prove to be the most effective remedy. Laughter is the best medicine to get through this tough time.
Try to listen to others without judging because when we don’t listen to our dear ones, we can’t make out what m
ight be troubling them. At times, we see our family members getting angry at petty things and we feel disappointed in them. We fail to understand why small things affect them so much but if we dig deeper and listen to them calmly, we may find out the anger was coming from some other deep thought not expressed by them before. So, it’s very important to hear the other person out in order to nurture your relationship.
At times, we don’t convey what we actually wish to convey because we feel that the truth may hurt others. We must understand that communication is the key to build strong relationships. You may be experiencing severe stress in other areas of life but avoiding revealing your issues to your family to ensure they don’t feel tensed. What you need to remember is that talking your heart out will make you feel lighter and happier.
We’re all guilty of taking our loved ones for granted. We forget that our love, attention and care will help our relationship blossom. If we treat our family members with respect, love and care, they would support us during our rough patches. So, care for each other genuinely so that everyone in the family feels secure, loved and happy.
These small changes can ensure your relationships don’t feel the pressure of the stressful situation we’re living in.