The coronavirus outbreak is dramatically changing our lives, including our relationships with other people in our communities, our families, our homes, and our workplaces. Many of us have also found ourselves spending far more time than we’re used to with those who share our homes, whether family, housemates, or both – not to mention pets.
Many tips about how to maintain good relationships are as relevant and important now as they were before coronavirus, including the following:
- Give time: put more time aside to connect with your friends and family
- Be present: this means really paying attention to the other people in your life and trying not to be distracted by your phone, work, or other interests
- Listen: really listen to what others are saying and try to understand it and to focus on their needs in that moment
- Let yourself be listened to: honestly share how you are feeling, and allow yourself to be heard and supported by others
- Recognize unhealthy relationships: harmful relationships can make us unhappy. Recognizing this can help us to move forward and find solutions