You made it through 2020 as a couple. And considering, well, everything—see: distance learning, sheltering in place, risky essential work and endless financial and emotional stress—that’s no small feat. So how do you make your marriage even stronger in 2021? Jordan Green, a licensed clinical therapist who works with both individuals and couples (and also curates an exceptional educational and inspirational feed about relationships on her Instagram @the.love.therapist), told us the one word she has on her mind for the new year: interdependence. Here’s why.
Per Green, as we inch toward living in nearly a full year of COVID-mode, so many couples who have been with their partners 24/7 are struggling to find independence. On the contrary, there are also couples in long-distance situations who are struggling to feel close. Green’s advice? “Find a balance of interdependence in your relationship.”