It’s only been a week since many of us were forced to start spending more time at home with our spouses.
We went from spending a majority of our time at the office, the gym, running errands, and socializing…
To working from home and staying indoors nearly every hour of the day.
All of our usual activities are closed, and we’re strongly discouraged from visiting the people who used to be a respite from our relationship problems.
Combine all this with the stress, uncertainty, worry, and doubt we’re feeling through this time (end date unknown)…
And it’s no wonder that if your marriage was struggling and disconnected before the worldwide pandemic… it’s in real trouble now.
Disagreements and differences will intensify.
The things that previously irritated you will become unbearable….
And, more likely than not, the disconnection between the two of you will grow greater and more pronounced.
So, what exactly am I saying here?
I’m saying that these challenges have only just begun.
This is the first week of MANY that we’ll spend alone (or nearly alone) with our spouses.
Unfortunately, this means that it hasn’t gotten as bad as it’s going to get in our marriages.
These struggles will only get louder and stronger over the coming weeks (or, potentially, months).
We’re going to grow more stressed, upset, and tense – not less.
That’s why now is the time to equip yourself with the relationship tools you need to navigate this crisis (not in three weeks when you’re too upset to think rationally and calmly about your relationship anymore!).