The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic, has many ways of impacting our mental health.  One such way is the impact of the lockdown and social distancing measures on relationships, including those with significant others.  In the age of COVID-19, there are various ways relationships can be stressed.  For married couples, or cohabitating couples, they often find themselves in a situation where both may be working from home and spending more time together, and more time with their children.  While more time with your loved ones is a great thing, it is important that people make time for themselves.  For a lot of people who may not be in cohabitation relationships, love in the time of COVID-19 presents a whole other set of relationship stressors. Social distancing measures, lockdowns, the closure of places where singles may meet and mingle can be very isolating for those who are actively looking to establish new relationships, or foster and grow new ones.

Maintaining Mental Well-Being

While we are in the coronavirus pandemic, it is important to make time for ourselves.  The amount of time we spend with family members and loved ones should be monitored – if you find you need some time to yourself then say so.  Setting boundaries or rules can be helpful – such as when an office door is closed, it means do not disturb unless there is an emergency, or establishing that during certain hours of the day, childcare responsibilities may fall on one parent.  Using a calendar can be helpful in establishing these boundaries and making times that one is unavailable well known.

For those who are experiencing the alternative relationship challenges during the COVID-19 crisis, taking measures to maintain and improve mental health is key.  While striving to develop or maintain romantic relationships, social isolation can make dating more challenging.  With those doing online dating, digital dates on a video chat platform such as Zoom can be a great way to establish some initial interactions, followed by meeting outside wearing face masks and maintaining appropriate social distancing and adhering to CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety.  

Getting Help

For many people, this a stressful time that goes beyond simply changing the way you approach relationships.  Perhaps the stress of cohabitation, taking care of the kids and working from home while stay-at-home orders are in place is proving to be too much of a source of stress, or you are finding that a lack of social interaction and engagement is impacting your mental health.  If that is the case, we encourage you to reach out and set up and appointment with one of our qualified mental health professionals who can help you maintain a positive mental outlook and mental health during these trying times.