COVID-19 requires social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine situations which can create extra stress and anxiety for a lot of people. These are unprecedented times and it is completely normal to feel out of sorts and uncertain about the future. Video therapy plays an important during social distancing.
Couples, in particular, are finding this time to be incredibly difficult on their relationship. While being alone confined to a small space can be stressful, being quarantined with your partner can reach the intolerable. Stuck at home together can bring up a lot of emotions and if you are already experiencing relationship problems, you could reach a breaking point.
“We’re now officially in a pandemic,” says Eric Klinenberg, a New York University sociologist who has studied the way social isolation leaves older Americans vulnerable in emergencies. “But we’ve also entered a new period of social pain. There’s going to be a level of social suffering related to isolation and the cost of social distancing that very few people are discussing yet.”
What Can You Do For Yourself?
Even temporary quarantine can have negative consequences on your mental well-being. The good news is there are several things you can do to cope.
- Keep A Schedule – The disruption of your daily routine can make you feel directionless. Even if you are working from home, create a daily work schedule just as if you were going to the office. This can include showering, getting dressed, taking a lunch break, making dinner, and going to be at the same time as usual.
- Be Physically Active – While most gyms and studios have temporarily closed their doors, your options for staying active are still limitless. Physical activity plays a big role in your mental health so consider online classes, checking out Google for at-home workout ideas, or if you live in an area where you can still walk outside in nature, do it!
- Stay Informed But Not Immersed – While social media can be an amazing way to stay connected, it can also be the worst place during any kind of catastrophe. Rather than getting bad information and taking part in panic use sources such as the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and your local health departments to gain the straightforward news you need.
- Stay Connected – There are so many great options to minimize the feeling of being isolated. Stay in touch with friends and family all day via phone calls and texts, and by using video platforms such as Zoom, Facetime, and Skype. Reach out to others on social media or join fun discussion boards over your favorite hobbies. You can still be a part of your community even when you are in your own home.
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How To Stay Hopeful?
With so much tragedy surrounding the coronavirus, it can be hard to remain hopeful. But being positive is a helpful coping mechanism during crises. Seek out positive messaging wherever you can. It can help change your brain chemistry, your body’s energy, and in general, just make you feel better.
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How To Use This Time To Strengthen Your Relationship
Quarantined at home with your partner can be a great opportunity to spend quality time together that in normal life may be hard to come by. Use this time to grow closer and work on the positive aspects of your relationship.
Have deep conversations that you have been meaning to have. Get to know one another like you haven’t since you first met. Maybe there are new things about your partner you have yet to discover.
Create new goals together, or plan trips. This can be the ideal time to discuss how you both want to live your lives in the future.
Also, this can be a great time to discuss if couples therapy is right for you. Spending more time together could mean new issues arise and it might be a good time to get some professional help.
Individual and Couples Therapy Via Zoom
During these stressful times, self-care is important. Video therapy is a great way to continue to take care of your mental health while getting the individual and relationship services you need. At Northbrooklyn Marriage & Family Therapy, we offer remote sessions available through HIPAA compliant platform Zoom. This service is available to all of our clients with all of our therapists.
Find out more about how we can continue to serve your individual and relationship needs during this stressful time.
Wishing you continued good health.
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