Couples Counselling During Lockdown
Have you and your partner been struggling during the lockdown? Whether you had problems in your relationship before the COVID-19 pandemic or they have recently been conjured up due to the fact that you’re having to spend a lot more time together while having to stay at home, there are ways that you can overcome this situation.
Continue reading this blog for a closer look into how the current circumstances can affect your bond with your significant other, as well as how couples counselling during lockdown could be your best bet at retaining your relationship and looking towards a brighter future for your partnership.
How The Lockdown Can Affect Relationships
Whether you have recently moved in together, have lived together for a long time or are having to spend lockdown apart due to the current climate, all of these scenarios can put a massive strain on your relationship. If you’re living together, chances are you’re spending a lot more time together, treading on each other’s toes and lacking in having your own space.
This can cause a lot of heat between the both of you, especially if you’re not working and are struggling to find activities to do so that you both stay occupied. Additionally, if you had only recently moved in together or decided to stay with each other during the lockdown, this can be extremely challenging too. Living together is already such a huge life change, and now you’re having to experience it in full force.
On the other hand, if you’re apart during the lockdown, and are only meeting up for the occasional social distanced walk, this can also have a significant impact on your relationship. What once was a very intimate bond, you are now having to resist contact. Not only that, but you will most likely begin to miss each other, and making an effort will be vital in order to keep your bond intact.
Without putting in the effort and by not communicating how you’re both feeling, you may start to feel distant towards one another, and it’ll begin to put a strain on your relationship when you finally address the issues.
What You Can Do To Help Your Relationship During The Lockdown
Now that you’ve established why your relationship is struggling during the lockdown, now is the time to find ways in which you can overcome these obstacles in your relationship. Being honest and communicating is vital for overcoming these barriers, whether you live together or not.
Also, as previously mentioned, putting in the effort when not together and even when together is necessary too. While staying in, organise a make-shift date night that you both get dressed up for; this will still feel special and as though you’re both trying to keep the fire burning. When not together, have FaceTime calls and go on romantic walks; as long as you’re making an effort and enjoying your time together as you usually would, your relationship will have a higher chance at overcoming this situation.
While living together, make sure that you’re doing your own thing in between spending time together. While you’re meant to be working or spending time apart in normality, going out for individual walks or spending time in separate rooms is the best way to replicate having your own space.
Couples Counselling During COVID-19
If you still need extra support after carrying out the above, couples counselling maybe your best solution. As an experienced and qualified counsellor, I have dealt with many scenarios that have led a couple to seek counselling together. One thing that you must remember is that seeking professional help doesn’t make your relationship any weaker or less stable than the next.
Sometimes, it’s about receiving an outside perspective on the situation at hand so that you can both understand each other’s point of views, as well as rationalise on the reasons behind those feelings. Upwards of 80% said that couples counselling had a positive impact. With such a fantastic statistic, it goes without saying that couples therapy really can benefit those who are struggling in a relationship but want to overcome the issues at hand.
Couples counselling during lockdown is still possible. I am currently offering virtual counselling sessions to my already existing clients, as well as new ones that need extra support during this stressful, uneasy and uncertain time. With the dedication of you both and with my expertise, we can work together to find the core of the problem that is causing your relationship to suffer.
Once established, I will assist you both in exploring ways in which you can overcome this controversy so that once you find a healthy middle ground so that when the global pandemic has been controlled, you can walk out the other side with a stronger partnership than you had beforehand. Contact me today on 07914 952723 or through my website for further information on my services or if you’d like my advice.