As people spend more and more time indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many couples are in close proximity with their partner more often than usual. At the start of the pandemic, no one knew how long we would be stuck indoors. And almost no one figured we would still be dealing with shutdowns and curfews by mid-July. Due to this, love has changed.
The dynamics of the relationship have changed. As people are stuck indoors, tensions have flared. But just like the dynamics of the relationship have changed, so must we. We must adapt to the situation, and instead of letting this pandemic damage the relationship, we can foster it into something stronger. Here are some tips to keeping the spark of a relationship alive during the pandemic.
Communication Is Key
If there is one thing that is important for a healthy relationship, it is communication. It is ever more important now, in the midst of a pandemic.
Maybe you’re used to working with zero distractions, but now your partner is around loudly listening to the news. Perhaps you’re used to having more alone time, and it is difficult to find it these days. These are things you should communicate with your partner to find a resolution.
But always remember that both partners have needs. Just as you want to set your boundaries and demonstrate ways that will make your life more comfortable, your partner deserves the same. Healthy relationships only thrive with a mutual understanding of each other.
No Relationship Is Perfect
With social media portraying everyone as perfect, movies showing Hollywood romances, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking your relationship should be perfect. Here’s the thing – a perfect relationship doesn’t exist.
Everyone has their faults and moments of irrationality. That’s what makes us human. In fact, the rough edges that we show are what attracted us to our partner in the first place. If you try to live up to perfection, you will never be satisfied. The bar is just set too high.
Experiment, Experiment, Experiment
Another critical element of a healthy relationship is experimentation. Try new things!
Don’t fall into the trap of getting stuck in a routine. Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t spice things up. Try cooking a new dish in which both of you can participate. Go for a drive to an area you two have never been together. There’s plenty to do. Be creative!
Another area worth experimenting with is in bed. Just as routine can be detrimental to your daily life, it also makes sex less exciting. Try new positions, buy some toys, better yet book a room at one of our Executive Fantasy Hotels. We offer a variety of unconventional rooms that are guaranteed to shake things up a bit.
Stress Is the Ultimate Mood Killer
With everything going on in the world, people are more stressed than ever. With stress, people withdraw themselves and show less affection.
Research has shown that people tend to bring the stresses from work home with them, negatively impacting your relationship. But if you work from home, it can spill over into all aspects of your life.
Remember to take the time to recharge and balance yourself. Like we touched upon earlier. COMMUNICATE. Tell your partner you need your time to relieve stress and listen if they need to do the same.
Relationships Are Resilient
The pandemic surely has put a strain on many relationships throughout the world. A few arguments and negatives will happen, but that doesn’t mean your relationship is heading toward ruin. But like all great things, nurture and love it, and it can grow to be stronger than before. Follow the advice listed above, and things should start moving in the right direction. Always remember that we offer a variety of exciting fun-themed rooms if you need a push to bring back the romance.