Keep Your Relationship Intact During the Crisis

I was video chatting with a girlfriend yesterday and she told me she can't stand the way her husvbandI was video chatting with a girlfriend yesterday and she told me that she can't stand the way that her husband chews anymore ... they've been bickering a fair amount since they got stuck in quarantine together for weeks. I've also seen a few stories about an uptick in DIVORCE FILINGS because of couples being quarantined together. So here are seven expert tips I found on (TIME) on how to shield your relationship from the extra stress we're all under . . .

1. Appreciate, don't criticize. Our flaws might seem magnified and more annoying right now. So try your best to let things slide and focus on the good stuff.

2. Remember it's okay to be stressed out and upset right now. We're all dealing with it differently. So try to be a good listener, and remember their feelings are valid too.

3. Give them some privacy. Alone time is important, especially now. So respect each other's space . . . don't hog the TV . . . and do your own thing sometimes.

4. Don't forget about sex. It relieves stress and keeps you connected. A last week found only 13% of Americans are having more sex during the outbreak.

5. Stay flexible. Plan out your week, but don't fill your whole day with things that HAVE to get done. Make sure you both have as much free time as possible.

6. Be willing to hit "pause" on a fight. Things can spiral out of control fast when you're cooped up together. So take a break and cool off for 30 minutes.

7. Laugh together. Make time for movies and shows you both like. Laughter's a great stress reliever, especially when you can laugh at something together. 

We're all in this together. Sending you love and light.

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