When we said” I do”15 years ago nobody said anything about a 3-4 month quarantine! Seriously though, it’s been quite an adjustment being indoors together 24hrs a day and I must admit the first week as a little rocky. But, Ron and I have gotten into a good groove these last few weeks so I wanted to share a few things that have helped make this time a little easier.
It’s not easy to shift from going into the office to both of you working from home so try and distinguish some personal space for each of you. While not everyone has an office or a large amount of space, take what you can and designate an area to each one of you. If you would typically talk a few times during the day via phone calls then maintain that routine or maybe even have lunch together, but stick to your usual business hours.
Let go of the little things
Emotions may be running high but don’t take your stress out on your significant other. Let the small things be just that and let them go. In times of stress it is easy to get into an argument over things that are not really worth arguing over. Talk things out before something small escalates.
You’re probably cooking more meals than you ever have at home in quote some time. Let cooking be something that the 2 of you share every evening and get creative with it. Try making some new recipes and maybe even explore some new cuisine. Sit together and figure out what you might like to eat for the week and prepare your shopping list so that you’ll have everything you need. Cooking can be very relaxing if you let it so use it as a way for you both to unwind at the end of the day.
A great workout is a wonderful stress reliever so challenge and support each other to stay active during this time. Go for a social distancing bike ride together or check out new online classes, there is so much available from yoga and pilates to HIT. Pull together some books to use as weights and have fun creating your own routines.
A little extra praise goes a long way Say thank you and nice job when your partner does the laundry, dishes, or anything that is helping to contribute to keeping the space you share together comfortable.
Small acts of kindness like making your partners favorite breakfast are extra meaningful these days. If you’re the one doing the supermarket runs throw in a little something extra that you know your partner loves, maybe grab some flowers or order in from your partner’s favorite restaurant as a surprise.