#Covid-19 Lockdown: How to make sure your relationship survives the tough time
Spending three weeks in lockdown with a known partner either fills the heart with forgotten butterflies or dread, says clinical sexologist Dr Eve.
Some may have made the decisions to move in with their partners for the first time out of fear of being separated from them.
Will your relationship be tested through this time? How can you ensure you survive the next 21 days?
In her blog, Dr Eve says you and your partner should consider what makes a happy or unhappy relationship and that it may be different for each person. She says these differences will emerge strongly during this time of lockdown, or “forced proximity” as Eli Finkel calls it. He advocates that you be realistic about what your marriage or relationship can realistically provide in these times.
She suggests some actionable tips that you can begin to use to assist your partnership.
We have to think about what makes a healthy relationship to be able to assess and know what we expect from a partner now.Dr Eve, Clinical sexologist
Taking care - it starts out with how do you groom yourself ... I suggest you do that, you continue with that. The importance of routine and maintaining that routine. It is really important for intimacy as well that you have self-respect and respect for others that you are living with.Dr Eve, Clinical sexologist
The important thing is that we understand how much space people need together and apart from each other. I am very aware of the fact that most people in our country are not privileged to be able to take space. For those of you who do have that ability, please create either zones in your house or rooms where you can have individual space and create times where you can be together and when you can be apart from each other.Dr Eve, Clinical sexologist
Spend time knowing who your person is, how much attachment they need in that moment and that means having communication ... it is important for your to be able to say I need some time out right now and allow that person to.Dr Eve, Clinical sexologist
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