Well, this pandemic has really impacted many different aspects of everyone’s lives — health, family, friends, careers, childcare, income, housing, and many more things…even relationships. Most of us are completely out of our routines and that may even include the way that you are connecting with your partner. For instance, maybe you’re not comfortable with having babysitters come into your home to have time away with your significant other. Or you’re used to having dinner and a movie as a regular date night, and that’s not an option anymore. These changes can make us feel a little disconnected.
Some couples thrived being stuck at home with each other while others aren’t sure what to do. Either way, just about every household was placed in an abnormal situation in some way or other during this past year. So if you’re a couple that didn’t “thrive” during this time, that’s okay. One of the ways you can create change is by building appreciation within your relationship with your partner.
Again, these are just a few things that you can incorporate in your relationship each day or throughout the week to build a sense of appreciation for your partner which you may not have been able to express the way you wanted due to the pandemic. If you’re needing more assistance individually or as a couple, please feel free to contact our office at 616-929-0248 or shoot us a message.
Rosann Raftery is a Limited Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LLMFT) and LLLPC living in Grand Rapids, MI. She specializes in working with couples and families to assist them in building their communication skills, healing, and strengthening their relationships. She is available for Marriage Counseling, Family Counseling, Pre-Marital Counseling, Divorce Recovery, and more. For more on Rosanne, read her full bio.