During the pandemic and lockdown together, relationships can take a beating. Here are 3 things that will keep your relationship strong.

Keeping your relationship strong during the pandemic by practicing these three things.
Keep your relationship going strong during the pandemic by practicing these three things.. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Any Relationship Can Go Through Hard Times

As with any other couple in a relationship for a long-time, my husband and I have difficulties in our marriage. We met on June 8, 1998 and have been together ever since. This June 8, 2020 will be our 22-year anniversary together. We got married on June 8, 2004, six years after we met.

Because of our long-lasting relationship, we have learned a lot of unique ways to keep our marriage strong, even during the pandemic. Because of this, we get along well. We have been best friends the whole time we have been together. I would say we have a strong relationship—even being together constantly since the pandemic started.

Here are three ways to keep your relationship strong during a pandemic.

Keep Your Relationship Strong by Only Arguing for Five Minutes

You can keep your relationship strong during a pandemic by keeping your arguments to only five minutes long and walking away.
Keep your relationship strong during the pandemic by keeping your arguments short. Photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash

When you and your partner argue or have a disagreement, let everything out you want to say and argue for five minutes, then stop. Walk away if you have to, but stop after five minutes. Not that you need to time your disagreements, but brief arguments are better because you don’t say things you will regret later.

Trust me, if you keep fighting after that five minutes is up and don’t walk away, you will say or do something you will regret later. 

Once you step away from the disagreement and have time to calm down, you can come back with a clearer head and talk to them, apologize, and get back to a loving relationship.

Getting outside and walking together can keep your relationship strong during the pandemic.
Getting outside and walking together can keep your relationship strong during the pandemic Photo by Heng Films on Unsplash

Keep Your Relationship Strong by Starting New Healthy Habits Together

  • You can start taking walks together. Walk in nature, go to the park, or walk downtown to window shop, while practicing social distancing from others. 
  • Start a workout routine with your partner at home after you are both done working for the day. You can even make it fun by making it a contest to see who can do the most pushups or situps. 
  • Start eating healthier together. Plan your meals for the week. Look up healthy recipes online and make it fun by cooking together.
Keep your relationship strong during the pandemic by setting boundaries
Keep your relationship strong during the pandemic by setting boundaries Photo by You X Ventures on Unsplash

Keep Your Relationship Strong by Setting Boundaries

When working from home together, work in separate areas of your home. This will give you both time to focus on working. If you don’t, you might sit there and talk to each other, have fun, and not get anything done. You can have a lunch break together and then get together for dinner after work hours are over.

Practicing these three ways to keep your relationship going strong during a pandemic is very important. If you argue too long or too much, ignore new healthy habits you can start, and don’t set boundaries while working, you may end up losing the one person who has been and still is so special to you.