In the past few months, Americans have had to spend more and more time at home. This means more and more time in each other’s company. For some couples, this is a welcome time to become reacquainted. For others, though, it has been a time of strain and stress on the marriage.
If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of spouses feeling the strain of social isolation on your marriage, you still have options. These are some tips that you can consider when it comes to your relationship.
- Establish healthy boundaries
Have you heard the saying, “Good fences make good neighbors?” Well, good boundaries can make good spouses. You and your spouse should ask about each other’s boundaries and then, most importantly, respect them.
- Spend time away from your spouse
Sometimes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. If you and your spouse are becoming irritated by spending time together, then put some distance between one another. This could mean a solo walk or a few hours in a different room for some much-needed “me” time.
- Consider counseling
Reach out to a mental health clinician who focuses on relationships. They can provide a much-needed objective perspective on your marriage. Counseling can also give you a place to vent your feelings in a safe environment.
- Talk to a divorce attorney
Have you tried everything you can think of, but your marriage is still in jeopardy? It may be the time to consider a separation or divorce. Divorce is not a failure, and it is not shameful. Instead, it may be the best path for a happier future.
Coping with marital stress is never easy. Know that you are not alone during this difficult time. Millions of American spouses are struggling to cope in their marriages while adjusting to this new normal.