Here are some tips for maintaining emotional health and your relationship in times of confinement. Having your own space and being patient helps.
Facing long periods of confinement at home, like what is happening during the current quarantine, can trigger new relationship dynamics you are not used to. Being at home 24 hours a day can stir up problems related to living together and intimacy can be lost.
Saludando, Universidad de Antioquia’s website for promotion and prevention of health proposes some advice to better cope with confinement alongside your significant other. The recommendations provided by mental health specialists mention limiting talk about coronavirus; equally distributing household tasks; doing things that you both enjoy and that you did not have enough time for before; and making time for moments of intimacy, because even if you live together, alone time is also necessary.
In addition, it is important to take advantage of this time at home to strengthen your bonds and build a closer relationship with the person you love. According to the World Heart Federation, “people with strong emotional ties improve their ability to recover from certain diseases by two to four times.”
According to the federation, even being in love can provide benefits for heart health, as it helps to decrease stress, release dopamine to improve mood, and may help when receiving treatments for heart disease.
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