The COVID-19 pandemic has put a lot of stress on relationships. Whether you were in a newly- formed relationship or a long-term committed relationship spanning several years, this year has been tough on everyone; a test of faithfulness, trust, and loyalty.
Many couples thrived living together. The experience brought them closer, and the extra time with their partner since the world went silent brought forth a newfound appreciation for their lover. However, for many couples, the constant sight of their partner made them realize that they did not know their partner very well.
Living in closed spaces isn’t always easy
Recently, there have been numerous success stories of relationships flourishing where the two partners lived away from each other. As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. We’ve also been increasingly seeing people putting up their wedding announcements on social media, having babies, and taking the next step in the relationship. However, such things can be very unsettling for people who broke up with their partners.
As you begin to spend your days and nights with someone in the same house, you begin to see them in a different light. How they go about their day, how they react to certain situations, and more. Many relationships unraveled because, in the end, you realized that you did not like your partner as much as you thought.
Handling a breakup during the COVID-19 pandemic
The most common response to a breakup is to find someone who can distract you from your broken heart. People tend to go online to chat with someone or visit a bar with their friends and get drunk. While these are completely acceptable ways of responding to a breakup, the risk of jumping into another relationship or hooking up is quite risky.
A big part of processing all your emotions after a breakup is getting in touch with your inner self. Focus on your hobbies and self-growth by watching movies and reading books, especially the ones that talk about healing. You can also learn new skills – gardening, coding, or pottery.
Another good option is to get to know your neighbors. I have spent more time talking to my neighbors than ever before. You can also consider becoming more organized and cleaning your room, house, or car.
However, the most important thing to do is to reflect on the relationship in a healthy way. Remember the good times and lessons. Release, let go and live for yourself. Understand that if the relationship is meant to be, it will return, and hopefully, you can create new beginnings. If it does not return, then you know there is something or someone better out there for you.