Relationships are extremely important for getting us through this period as changes continue to happen in the way we live, which can be exacerbated by self-isolation, social distancing and other measures which increase the pressure.
In partnership with Relate, we have collated some tips for looking after family relationships with partners, children and friends during this challenging time.
Thankfully we live in an advanced world where there are so many ways to keep in touch with friends and family. It’s important to keep these connections, because these precious moments take our minds off the current situation.
It’s important to remember not only to check in on people's wellbeing but also to discuss other topics and have a laugh too.
Get creative with your connections, you could organise online games or an aperitif over a video chat; have you heard of the popular “quarantini”?
Supporting your kids
Children deal with the situation in different ways, there is not a perfect solution to support them through the pandemic - just make sure you have regular chats with them to help them with how they're coping.
If they seem worried about things they have seen or heard from friends or on social media, let them know they can come and talk to you. Remember to communicate calmly and use simple language.
Children need routine too. Structure days with time for home study and fun activities to reduce boredom.
This is a challenging time for everyone, so don’t be hard on yourself if you feel irritation rising.
Maintaining your relationship with your partner
Increased time spent with a partner can strain a relationship; give yourself a break if it becomes challenging.
Put difficult conversations on hold while the current situation is dealt with, especially if one of you is not well.
If you’ve been arguing over a particular issue, consider calling a truce during this period to make living under one roof more bearable.
Previous relationship problems can make it difficult being together in the same house. You may want to consider relationship counselling via video call to help you work through things. Our partnership with Relate gives you access to their relationship counselling service.
If, at any point, you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and then press 55. This will transfer you to the relevant police force who will assist without you having to speak.
On the positive side, your partner may actually surprise you by how well they are handling things. If so, let them know how much you appreciate this.
Treat each other with kindness and try to organise a date night at home to keep the spark going.
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