If you're in lockdown and you're a pinkie nail away from absolutely LOSING YOUR S**T if your partner so much as BREATHES near you (ʘ‿ʘ) - you're not alone, friend.
This is a safe space.
The last year or so has pulled a LEVEL TEN on relationships - and we're not just talking about intimate partners. We're talking about housemates, family members - the whole shebang.
"Lockdowns have been brutal on relationships. Small issues can become big ones when you’re in close confines for months. It’s like being in a pressure cooker," said psychotherapist and couples counsellor Lissy Abrahams.
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"It’s been very difficult, especially for those who have experienced financial difficulties and job insecurity. The daily grind has worn down many parents who have been juggling homeschooling young children with their work responsibilities."
"They might also have a child with special needs and a lot less access to support. Throw in the challenge of border restrictions, many struggle with being separated from family."
There's no denying that the added stress, enforced quality time and changes in our current day-to-day routines has had a massive impact on our relationships and how we communicate with each other. And it's been a make or break situation for many couples.
"All of these factors contribute to many of us struggling with anxiety, overwhelm, sadness, and even despair. Any of these can tip one or both partners over the edge. If there were any cracks in the relationship before Covid, the pressure from lockdown rips these cracks wide open."
However, it's important to note that it's not the same for everyone - some couples are ✨thriving✨.
"On the flip side, lockdown has also had its benefits for some couples who say they have much more time together and enjoy working from home without being under the pump all the time."