How to Keep Your Relationship from Imploding During LockdownBy Marisa Cohen
In a pre-pandemic world, did we ever imagine a relationship could go bust because someone dared to wear their outdoor shoes inside the house or talked too loudly on Zoom calls? Could anyone have predicted that couples would be driven to tears over who is going to teach their 7-year-old about the water cycle for virtual school?
But when couples are sheltering in place together 24/7, and anxiety over the state of the world is at an all-time high, the tiniest annoyances can grow into major relationship issues. “Couples who were used to spending the day separate from each other are now either working from home or idle at home,” says Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D., a psychotherapist and author of How to Be Happy Partners: Working It Out Together. “This greatly increases the irritation factor, and, added to the generalized anxiety, it can create a lot of friction in the home.”
We’ve all been living with the threat of coronavirus for weeks now, but for couples, the pandemic is bringing another danger–to their relationships. In China, where the virus hit first, there have been reports of a spike in the divorce rate beginning in March as the quarantines began lifting, and la