Is it us or is it COVID?
It’s clear that the COVID situation has added pressures and stress to all of our lives. Things that we took for granted, such as getting groceries, visiting friends or family, going to the movies, or even going to a park, have become more challenging. And for many of us, our daily work lives have changed significantly because we’re working from home and not going to an office. It might be nice to avoid the commute, but it’s also not fun being stuck in your house all day. The challenges of childcare or caring for family (like having your parents live with you temporarily) can add significant stress to our lives.
It's important to be aware that we’re all a little on edge at the moment. Even if there aren’t obvious or significant changes that you’ve had to make to increase your personal safety, none of us are immune to stressful messages in the news and from friends and acquaintances.
COVID related stresses put pressure on any relationship. Don’t assume that being impatient with your partner means that the problem is the relationship. This is a good time to note the effects of COVID on your lives, and have some conversations about external pressures that are affecting you and your partner.
Here are some things to ask yourself about recent life changes that might be affecting your mood:
-- What changes have I had to make in my work life since COVID?
-- What changes have I had to make in my home life?
-- How have recreational activities have changed for me?
-- How has my social life changed?
Remember that the current COVID situation is temporary. Though our lives may not be back to exactly what they were before, they will change and we won’t always be stuck at home. There is light at the end of the tunnel.