Most of us can’t remember the last time we spent this much time at home, with very little interaction with the outside world. For a lot of families and households, this also means spending a lot of time around each other, given that colleges and schools are out, workplaces are shut down or operations are remote, and social lives are pretty stagnant.
When you’re sheltering in place at home, and share your space with friends, family, roommates, or even your partner, it’s easy to get flustered and frustrated. The lack of privacy and space can feel stifling, especially if you’re not used to being around each other for prolonged periods.
Here’s how you can negotiate your boundaries and ask for personal space without being rude or hurting those around you:
Working from home can come as a welcome break for many of us who live and work in fast-moving big cities and metropolitans. It’s a disruption from the long commuting to and from work, endless traffic, and balancing work and home life during your busy schedule.
However, it’s also easy to get overwhelmed when you’re a few weeks—or months. Whether you’re working from home temporarily, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, or working from home regularly, these tips and tricks will help you a lot. Learn to effectively manage stress and separate your work and home life in the following ways:
A new—or even long-term—relationship can hold a lot of value for most of us. When you’re starry-eyed and smitten, freshly bitten by the lovebug. Your partner is the most beautiful, selfless, loving person you know, and they sweep you off your feet with grand gestures and romantic good morning texts.
Each of us has different reasons for being in a relationship, apart from the emotional or sexual aspect of it. Sometimes, we cling on from sheer loneliness, other times because we’re too afraid to leave. We end up ignoring some major red flags as a result of that. Let’s talk about some of the most common red flags we often ignore.
Most people who’ve been in long and even short term relationships and have engaged in sexual activity with their partner know that your sex life is never constant. Things change with time, routines, kids, and sometimes that fiery passion evolves into gentle intimacy.
There are a lot of factors that come into play when it comes to sex, but one thing is certain: nobody really has as much sex as they’d like you to think. Whether that’s your friend or your single sister who’s got a new man each week, or your buddies down at the bar. Social pressure to have sex all the time is immense, making couples feel like failures against an arbitrary standard.
Shelter-in-place due to the COVID-19 outbreak has been in place for months now, and while it’ll be long before life as we knew it resumes its usual course, many of us can relate to feeling frustrated.
It’s not easy to be at home indefinitely, especially if you’ve had to move back to be with family or working-from-home (WFH), and so is your partner. It’s wonderful to have time to slow down and be together; there’s no doubt about that. However, being in such proximity can be frustrating. This is why you need to work on your communication.
Try the following tips to make communication more open, honest, and free-flowing:
Whether your goal is to find a new sense of value in your motives and abilities; or to use couples therapy to improve communication between yourself and your spouse, I can help start the healing process.