How Couples Can Support Each Other During The Stay-At-Home Order – COVID-19 Lockdown, PART ONE
No doubt, it’s been difficult for all of us when we see what’s happening around the world. People getting sick, suffering and dying just like that. Hospitals are outstretched to capacity. Doctors and nurses overwhelmed at the influx of patients waiting for their services.
Every death victim, whether male or female, has a family and was loved by someone. Our prayers and sympathy are with the families of the affected.
Today, however, we bring to you some tips on how couples can support each other during the stay at home order. Read and apply the ones that are relatable in order to stay safe and at peace with the love of your life.
1. Be sure you understand the situation. It’s as simple as that. Knowledge is powerful. To be informed is the very first step to take in solving a problem. Be well-informed of what is happening around the world. Know why you are into what you are into. The stay at home order is for your safety and the safety of others to protect you from the COVID-19 disease. A crisis that is a global one and affects us all.
2. Constantly check on COVID-19 updates in your nation, state or locality. Follow the news daily nationally and locally. The circumstance around the COVID-19 pandemic is changing and as it does, the authorities are adapting with new rules and regulations to mitigate and contain it. Some rules might be different from others due to regional laws. So check to see what’s up constantly within your locality to know when it’s lifted, or the places you can access or take a walk with your partner together, etc.
3. Check to know the instructions made available for your safety. While it’s a global issue affecting different nations unequally, there are some safety measures taken by some nations to help its citizens stay safe. Things like constant hand washing and sanitizing, covering of mouth when sneezing or coughing and many more are things to practice even when you are with your partner. These measures might not be exactly the same in all places, so check to know what exactly applies to your area of residence.
4. Don’t feel guilty, It’s not your fault. The COVID-19 pandemic is not your fault albeit you suffer the consequences. Don’t blame it on yourself or see it as the authorities are being unfair to you.
5. Don’t blame your partner, It’s not your partner’s fault as well. Don’t blame it on your partner in any way because it’s not his fault the crisis is affecting you. This is a natural disaster since the cause is still unknown. Let’s take it as such and leave it in God’s hands while we do our best to survive and stay safe.
6. See the provisions made available to ease life within your locality. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to disrupt our lives, some governments of nations, states, and local authorities have been helping its citizens with money, food and other palliative services to make life bearable. It’s good for you couples to seek help when needed or know what exactly has been put in place for your advantage during this period. So check out for updates in your local authorities constantly.
7. Cut on non-essential spending. This is logical to do at a time like this. Spending on what is not important for you couple at this moment of crisis should be put on hold. With so many unanswered questions and uncertainties, the basics of life which are food, water, shelter and other things to keep you healthy and informed are what should be your priorities now. Designer clothing, accessories, cars and the luxury of life, should not bother your peace at all even if you can afford them. It’s just not the time. Cut them off.
8. Discuss new plans and ways to spend with your partner. Talk with your partner about the new, inexpensive way that you desire to live your lives during this crisis period. Let her or him know why the changes so that it must not be seen as if there is an issue with the relationship. Carry your partner along in whatever decision you make.
9. Share resources together if possible. It’s time to share resources with each other if possible. Resources go beyond finances to talents, skills, knowledge and other intangible know-hows that money cannot buy. So if your partner can’t give you money now, there’s something he or she can contribute other than money. Be wise and at peace with each other.
10. Understand and accept the reality of your income(s). With the COVID-19 crisis, people are asked to stay home, meaning some don’t go to work, and jobs are lost consequently. The rate of unemployment is higher than normal. Unemployment benefits are what keep many families afloat. Accept, therefore, the reality of your incomes. It might not be the same as it used to be. It could be possible that income falls. And it’s alright if what you used to get from your partner is lowered or stopped entirely.
11. Postpone some spending or desires for later considerations. Not everything that your mind thinks of now should be bought. Some items though good can wait until the crisis is over. It doesn’t make sense to buy something that you don’t need for staying at home. Even if it can be useful at home, some items can be postponed until the end of the crisis.
12. Have a spiritual fellowship with your spouse. Remember that God is the supreme being to always trust at times such as this. Put your trust in God and pray constantly. Study the Bible together with your spouse. Be alert and ready, cover your relationship with the blood of Jesus Christ. In case anything happens, you are covered.
Finally, tell us which ones mentioned above have you already practiced during this lockdown. Do you have any other tips to share?
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