How to survive lockdown/isolation with your partner

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

You can be in the happiest of relationships and even then spending all day every day with one single person can still be challenging. As I've mentioned before - we have endured 3 sets of 2 week isolations so far (not including lockdown) so I thought I might be a good fit for writing a little lighthearted post on 5 ways to help survive isolation with your partner. If we can't laugh we might cry right? 

Alone time 

Being locked in a house 24/7 with anyone can be a little intense at the best of times and the stress of isolation might just tip that over the edge a little. Making sure you get alone time here and there can do wonders - whether it's simply sitting in another room for a few hours, locking yourself in the bathroom and treating yourself to a pamper evening or simply taking yourself off into the garden for a little bit - it might just give you the breather you need to carry on. Most importantly, if your partner says they need some space, try not be offended. We're all just doing the best we can. 

Together time 

Ok, so this might seem a bit contradictory after my first point but hear me out. When you know full well you'll be locked in the house for 2 weeks with no visitors it's easy to fall into bad habits and get a bit too carried away doing your own thing. (For example if I left Kal to play the PlayStation from the second he woke up until bed time he actually would). Try and make sure you spend some time actually in the moment together - perhaps turning off the phones and watching a movie/show, playing a board/card game together or cooking a nice meal as a couple. It might make you appreciate that time a little more. 

Exercise together 

It's easy to feel unmotivated when you're not allowed to leave your own four walls but exercising together is actually such a good way to feel motivated and give you both a mood boost too. It's also potentially a great way to have a bit of a laugh with each other (which might feel impossible when you've asked him 800 times why his wet towel is left on the bedroom floor) by popping on a fun YouTube workout video and giving it your all. For those into a more intense workout - having one another to motivate and spot each other might just be the morale boost you need.

Don't sweat the small stuff

As hard as it might be to not scream at the top of your lungs about the fact his dirty socks are on top of the wash basket instead of in it and that his dirty plate is next to the sink rather than in the bowl - try not to sweat the small stuff. Full blown isolation can be daunting and difficult and it most definitely doesn't need to be made harder by arguing everyday. Try have a reasonable conversation or if all else fails - throw the dirty socks at his head and leave the dishes until he doesn't have any left to eat with!*

Keep in touch with others

Contact with the 'outside world' can really help keep everyone sane during isolation/lockdown. Regular FaceTimes/Zooms can make it more bearable and can really make isolation feel less lonely. Another great idea are things like multiplayer games (e.g just the other day we set up Messenger Video on the laptop and then we share played online monopoly on the PlayStation with our nieces) or things like zoom quizzes as it's a bit of fun for everyone and makes you feel less disconnected! 

That's just a quick 5 things I could think of to help get you through isolation with a partner. As mentioned above it is just a bit of lighthearted fun but equally it can be hard spending all day everyday with someone who you wouldn't usually. 

Let me know if you have any tips to get through isolation too! We're always looking for new ones, haha!

(*I just want to add a little disclaimer here that this is of course all in jest and I don't condone violence of any sort
I also appreciate that many people were separated from their partners for the whole duration of the first lockdown and I don't wish to upset anyone - this is just a lighthearted post.)

Disclaimer: This blog post is in no way sponsored and all opinions and photographs are my own.


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