It’s no secret that the coronavirus outbreak has caused most of us to drastically alter our daily lives. Everyone is experiencing a new version of normalcy by trying to stay home as much as possible, which requires new routines, more patience, and additional mental health maintenance. If you’re experiencing quarantine along with others during this time, you may find that tensions can run higher than normal, especially if you’re in a small space. Regardless of how much you adore the people you are quarantined with, being under the same roof all day long can be challenging. Don’t worry. Today we’re taking a minute to share some tips about how to get along with others during quarantine.
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Bring some order to everyone’s day by carving out designated time for daily activities. Agree on meal times and which meals will be eaten together versus separately. For those who are working from home, establish your “working hours” as well as your temporary work space. If you’re both working, try to create separate zones if possible. It’s also a good idea to make a schedule for chores and communicate when you’d like to get up and go to sleep (although it doesn’t have to be the same.)
Even though you must be physically together for the duration of this period, alone time is essential for mental health. Make sure to give your companion(s) plenty of private time to reflect, read, and recharge individually. Simply stepping away from others for a bit is a great way to check in with yourself and feel grounded so you can bring good energy back into the other room.
Balance is key. Although alone time is important, you don’t want to spend all day dodging each other and living parallel lives. Human connection is like medicine and for those of us spending quarantine with others, togetherness should be celebrated. Make a plan to do something fun together at least once a day: whether it’s having a movie night, cooking a new recipe, video chatting with friends, or playing a board game. There is no remedy quite like laughter and fun to keep morale high.
There are many better ways to spend your time than arguing over who’s turn it is to take out the trash or unload the dishwasher. Eliminate tedious arguments by splitting up the housework and specifying when it will get done. This will help everyone be clear about his/her role and keep your quarantine quarters spic and span.
In general, clear communication is the not so secret sauce for having a healthy relationship. Whether you’re with a roommate, partner, or your entire family, it’s crucial to express your needs and be open about how you’re feeling. Whether you need some extra alone time or could use additional support, the best thing you can do is be honest and speak up in a kind and calm manner.
No matter what your situation may be, we will get through this together one day at a time. Until then, stay positive, patient, and remember to live each day with gratitude.
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