Is your relationship feeling the pandemic strain? You're not alone, The Doctors share the unfortunate news that divorce rates are up to 55% right now. Find out what psychiatrist Dr. Ish Major suggests you need to ensure your love life survives COVID.
Dr. Ish says the pandemic is like "gas on a fire" for relationships and that it amplifies the good, as well as the bad. He notes that stress, the uncertainty of the future, and a serious drop in our frustration tolerance levels is leading to more fights, arguments, breakups, and even divorces.
He feels the fights are not usually about something like unwashed dishes in the sink and more likely due to emotions related to fear or stress.
So how can couples -- especially those that live together and are both working remotely from home -- best handle these newfound relationship stressors?
Dr. Ish says you need to carve out your own "me time" and not be afraid to ask for it and tell your partner when you need it. He also contends if you feel this way, chances are, so does your significant other. He even suggests couples spend time in separate parts of the house for an allotted amount of time to get space. He also says listening to music, reading, or going for a walk alone can also help.
For those experiencing domestic violence during the pandemic, Dr. Ish says having a “go plan" in place is vital, including a safe person to contact, cash, and personal items, in case you need to leave your home unexpectedly.