Being at home most of the time has become the world’s new normal, and there’s likely still tension between people in the household. We have never lived in a time where we had to quarantine extensively in our homes, so it is expected to have had a few disagreements from time to time.
Still, if you find your relationships have arguments escalating above minor disagreements, then it is time to re-evaluate your situation and find healthy ways to cope. Here are some tips on how to deescalate and maintain your relationships.
- Take a Walk
Everyone gets stressed out once in a while, but being cooped up with someone 24/7 is not natural and can lead to stress and anxiety. Even the strongest relationships have felt the strain of long-term isolation.
In situations like this, where you may feel like a prisoner in your own home, taking action and going for a walk can make a huge difference. After all, no one said you could never leave your house; sometimes you just need to get some fresh air and take a walk to clear your mind.
- Keep in Touch with Friends and Family
Technology is a wonderful thing and in times where we are supposed to practice social distancing, technology is our saving grace. It allows us to stay in touch with our friends and family in ways that weren’t even possible just a few decades ago.
Whether you’re sending your friend a simple “hello” text or Face timing your mom, technology can really help you stay close with loved ones. In these uncertain times, the more support we have around us the better off we are.
- Have Open Communication
When you are around one person constantly, fights are inevitably going to happen, but the key to a healthier relationship is communication. Whether you’re frustrated that your partner didn’t empty the dishwasher or the laundry wasn’t folded correctly, fighting is completely normal in a relationship. How you approach the situation after the fight is what makes or breaks it.
With this in mind, take all the time you need to cool down. Then, have a civil conversation about it. The best thing you can do is try to see the situation from your partner’s point of view.
- Take as Much Alone Time as You Need
There’s no way to get around this: after being stuck in a small space with someone for a long period, both people need some alone time. Don’t be afraid to have boundaries and communicate your needs. Sometimes, you just have to think, breathe, and relax – on your own. Encourage them to do the same!