In an unexpected situation like the one we find ourselves in now, we are all having to adapt to a new way of living. We know that staying at home and avoiding contact with others is the best approach but this, combined with the increased stress of worrying about what the future holds, can have a big impact on relationships.
It is easy to become overwhelmed by uncertainty. To help people adapt to these changes together, we are offering to help people cope with the challenges their relationships may face as we deal with this new way of being.
In the first of a series of articles published on our dedicated relationship platform – www.clickrelationships.org– we are offering helpful tips ranging from how to manage feelings of isolation, to how to argue better when tensions rise in the home.
Penny Mansfield, our co-director, said:
“We are living in a period when anxieties will be heightened. People will be worrying about themselves or their loved ones getting ill, as well as work and finances. Arguing in any relationship is normal but in times like this, when we are forced together with little opportunity to escape or let off steam, there’s areal risk of tensions bubbling over, damaging relationships at a time when we need to be coming together most. Having the skills to calmly express what you are feeling and really listen to what the other person has to say are vital ingredients fora supportive relationship. At OnePlusOne, we want to help people help themselves to work through challenging times together.”
Among our top tips for surviving social distancing are:
- Making use of technology to stay connected.
- Practicing gratitude and positive visualisation.
- Learning how to argue better – it’s bound to happen but it’s the way you do it that matters most.
There are a variety of free digital resources on www.clickrelationships.org that where people can find helpful advice on a wide range of relationship issues. There’s also a supportive community forum.
Read the full article, ‘Maintaining your relationship during social distancing,’ here: https://click.clickrelationships.org/content/all-issues/relationships-and-social-distancing/