“My partner and I are both working at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. So far it’s been one week, and all this togetherness is causing a ton of tension in our relationship. He is very loud when he works, whereas I prefer quiet to get anything done. We haven’t been seeing as many friends either, so there’s no chance to get away. How do we get space from each other so we don’t lose our minds? Or how do we learn understanding?”
This is a scary and uncertain time, and things can get tense in small quarters, especially as you and your partner adjust not only to your new daily routines working from home but also to each other. I’d like to think it could bring a lot of couples together if they manage their circumstances and physical closeness in positive ways. Here’s what I’m going to suggest you do to stay sane amidst the outbreak. Think of this as a crash course in togetherness.