Imagine this: It’s 2020 —spring has finally sprung. You just moved in with your partner after less than six months of dating. A global pandemic breaks out —you and your partner are quarantined together for the foreseeable future. You live in a 500 square foot box. This is life now.
While we’re seeing memes joking about couples being “forced” to spend all their time together, divorce rates in China have skyrocketed from exactly that. According to local news reports in south-western China, couples are splitting after spending too much time together during quarantine. “Young people spend a lot of time at home. They tend to get into heated arguments because of something petty and rush into getting a divorce,” Lu Shijun, manager of a marriage registry in Dazhou, told local news.
Breakups are no fun. But how can you avoid them when you’re confined to such limited space, your daily routine has gone out the window, your gel nails have grown out and there seems to be no end in sight? We reached out to love and sex expert, Jess O’Reilly, PhD., host of the @SexWithDrJessPodcast, for help with how to keep things chill with your significant other when tensions are at a (unprecedented) high. Spoiler alert: A lot of it has to do with caring for yourself right now and keeping stress levels low.
Maintain your other relationships
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Practice mindfulness (seriously just try it)
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Structure your days
Forgive and forget
Expert pro-tip:Dr. Jess advises to go easy on your partner right now. This doesn’t mean that you should accept being treated poorly and abuse is never OK. This is more about letting the small things go and moving forward. We have bigger things to worry about — like my split ends.
Keep date night alive
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Take some space
Have better, slower sex
Let go of expectations
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Divide household tasks
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Discuss finances…and breathe
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