In theory, the idea of self-isolating with your partner seems comforting, romantic and ideal. But in practice, the current lockdown is putting relationships to the test as being cooped up together with nowhere to go is proving to be a challenge. Here are the many ways in which you can alleviate stress and maintain the peace during this lockdown period
The big sort
Being confined to the four walls of your home 24/7 is no picnic—especially if you and your partner are dwelling in a home filled with clutter. The pile-up of unnecessary articles can induce stress, trigger mood swings and lead to a decline in productivity. Conquering clutter—especially in a scenario of self-isolation—helps lower your stress and anxiety levels and elevates your mood! A cleanup project—whether it’s tidying up your kitchen shelves, sorting through your wardrobe or getting rid of hoarded items—is almost therapeutic as it keeps your mind sharp, gives you a sense of accomplishment and helps you focus better. The highlight of it all is that it fosters better communication, improves your energy levels and gives you one less thing to bicker about!
We understand how delicate, confusing and downright terrifying the current state of events are. All of this is overwhelming and can easily put a strain on your relationship. And so, it’s important to gain some perspective and keep calm. Instead of starting your day with aggrieving news and media reports, practise yoga or an hour of meditation, both of which will do wonders for your mind and body.
Let the games begin
To effectively pass the time, indulge in some competitive gaming sessions together. From board games to video games, cards to Jenga, puzzles to Pictionary—an indoor game night can be a fun and enjoyable way to spend time together.
Work it out
Your home is a space you return to after a long day at the office. It is your safe place where you disconnect from your professional woes and enjoy downtime with family. In this period of self-isolation, working remotely can prove to be quite a challenge as the lack of social interaction may leave you feeling detached from the world. And while you deal with that, converting your home into a shared working space with your partner will come with its own set of challenges. Suddenly, you will find yourselves privy to each other’s office jargon, water cooler gossip and work etiquette. In such a scenario, try and establish separate work stations so that you don’t get in each other’s way. Refrain from spending your entire day glued to your work screens or discussing office matters; instead, set in place a schedule that distinguishes your work hours from downtime together.
Cook before you leap
They say, one cannot think well, love well and/or sleep well, if one has not dined well! Take it upon yourselves to indulge in some healthy, home-cooked meals. Intimate and fun, cooking together builds your skills as a team, opens the channels for communication and helps you connect with your partner. Remember: a hungry heart is a hangry heart, so go on and get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen!
For a sense of escapism, sit back, relax and unwind with your partner by binge watching a new web series, television show or a feel-good film. A light-hearted comedy, for instance, will provide just the right amount of relief and put your mind at ease.
Disconnect to connect
Take a break from your ‘home office’, phones and television to connect and converse with each other. Being mindful of each other’s feelings and providing emotional support to one another is key to maintaining the peace at home. While anger, irritability and cynicism are side-effects of such a situation, understand that a large part of what’s happening is beyond your control. Stay out of each other’s hair, establish boundaries, spend time alone during the day and be respectful of each other’s personal space. That said, find the balance and make worthy use of this time together to bond, unwind, reconnect and rekindle your romance.