Have you found yourself a little too close for comfort with your significant other during this self-isolation period? It might be easy to tell the children to go outside or give you quiet time, but it’s more challenging with your partner.

Like every healthy relationship, start with clear, consistent communication. If you haven’t already done so, sit down and establish parameters for cohabitating in a 24-hours-a-day environment. What are the expectations and needs? Discuss these upfront and honestly to avoid future conflicts.

Create a sense of structure or schedule together. Do you have a similar sleep schedule? Establish guidelines for meals, breaks, and entertainment. Going completely AWOL from your routine can result in sleep deprivation, depression, mood swings, and stress.

Block out alone time. No matter how much you love someone, you need time apart. Establish periods for you to do what relaxes you—go for a walk, read, meditate, or bake. Respect your partner’s space when it’s his/her turn.

Find creative ways to spend date night once a week. Take turns planning the evening. Dress up for a candlelight dinner, or have popcorn for a movie marathon. Surprise one another!
All of these suggestions come down to communicating with your partner. It’s not easy, but it does alleviate stress and confrontation if you talk and work together.

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