Things you can do to work on your relationship in quarantine

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Humans are not perfect and neither are their relationships. All relationships need work, time, and effort to thrive. Many people take their relationships for granted and end up stifling them. This is detrimental to both your relationship and your partner. Any relationship needs attention and nurturing, just like a seedling does to grow into a healthy tree. There is no simple way or shortcut to a wholesome relationship. One should make compromises and put efforts into it to make it so.  

Many couples complain that their relationship had a brilliant start, but then, somewhere down the line, the spark went missing. This results in recurring fights and, eventually, in the emergence of differences between the two partners. There could be many reasons responsible for this change in any relationship. Both of you might be too busy, or you might not be communicating well, etc. The relationship takes a backseat in such cases. This is a clear signal that your relationship needs work from both sides. Otherwise, you will continue to suffer in your relationship. 

This quarantine, though inconvenient in several other ways, can act as a boon for all the couples that complain about not getting enough time with each other. Use this time to strengthen your bond with your significant half to relish a better, happier relationship for years to come. 

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Here are a few ways in which you can use this quarantine to work on your relationship and get closer to your partner-

1. Have heart-to-heart talks

Communicating openly is the first and the most important step in any relationship. We can solve no issue without a proper understanding of a couple. This understanding is always a result of meaningful conversations. You might talk a lot with your partner, but you may not be communicating the right things. Apart from your general day-to-day conversations, make time now and then for a heart-to-heart conversation. Share your deeper feelings and emotions, and your thoughts on things that matter. During these conversations, do not forget to hold back your judgments as it can discourage your partner. Talk in turns instead of interrupting each other. Be a good listener. Listening well and talking openly, both are the equally important parts of an effective conversation.

2. Give each other space

Spending loads of quality time together is great. But you need to be mindful of each other’s space. Spending too much time together can annoy, and can make you both irritable. It will inevitably lead to more arguments over trivial things. To avoid this situation, try to dedicate some of your free time to yourself and let your partner do the same. Politely, and without taking it personally, tell each other when you feel you need some space. It is natural to want some alone-time to think things through and to recharge yourself. Some people need it more than others, and your partner might be one of them. Be respectful of their needs and they will reciprocate. 

3. Work on your physical intimacy

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Working on a relationship does not involve just verbal communication. It also involves physical intimacy. Widen your horizon sensually and try new things to find out what both of you like. This will help you bring back the spark in your relationship. You and your partner will get to discover new and exciting things about each other in bed. This will help you be in a better tune with yourself and your partner. It is a great way to relieve stress as it takes your mind off of stressful things.

4. Maintain a relationship journal

If your relationship has been turbulent for quite some time, you need to do some serious work to mend it. Keeping a relationship journal can be helpful in this case. You can maintain a relationship journal just for fun, too. It is like any other journal, just relationship-oriented. Write about how your relationship has been, things you have been doing together, what you two have been talking about, etc. Depending on your convenience, both of you can either write in the same journal or maintain separate ones. Keeping this journal will help you manage your thoughts better, which will help you realize what has been amiss in your relationship. You can even use it to note down the things that frustrated you or vent out your pent up anger to get it all out of your system. This journal will also help you mark your relationship’s progress. This exercise can be therapeutic if taken seriously. 

5. Do fun activities together

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Taking part in light and fun activities and enjoying together also is an essential part of a healthy relationship. Identify activities that both of you enjoy and take some time out to do them together. As per your preference, you can read books, do art and craft, cook, or play games together. In case you do not have any common hobbies, you can try out each other’s idea of fun. Who knows, maybe you will develop a liking for their hobbies too. 

6. Give each other space

Spending loads of quality time together is great. But you need to be mindful of each other’s space. Spending too much time together can annoy, and can make you both irritable. It will inevitably lead to more arguments over trivial things. To avoid this situation, try to dedicate some of your free time to yourself and let your partner do the same. Politely, and without taking it personally, tell each other when you feel you need some space. It is natural to want some alone-time to think things through and to recharge yourself. Some people need it more than others, and your partner might be one of them. Be respectful of their needs and they will reciprocate. 

7. Take strolls together

Go for walks together if you have access to places suitable for this. These strolls can be very calming, especially during these times. Going on walks with just your partner is safe, provided you maintain the required social distance from others. This activity can be stress relieving. Fell free to play some music or you can even walk in silence and enjoy your surroundings. You can do this whenever you feel you need to get out of your house for some fresh air. Since quarantine has probably increased your screen time too, these strolls will also let you take a breaker from that. Merely taking a walk while holding hands can get you closer to each other.

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We can make the quarantine less stressful and more enjoyable if you and your partner work as a team. You both can become each other’s stress buster. Sharing a powerful bond will let you confide in each other without hesitation. These times are hard as it is. You do not need a difficult relationship to make them tougher. Start working on your relationship post haste if you want to have a happy and healthy relationship that keeps thriving in the long run.   

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