Partners, even those in long-term relationships, can have very different coping styles when it comes to dealing with the painful uncertainties of Covid 19.
One may be more purposeful and proactive in moments of crisis, while the other is more passive and fatalistic.
However, if you and your partner don’t take the same preventative health measures during the pandemic, one of you can easily feel like your safety is by being compromised.
Does the following exchange sound familiar?
You are underreacting. We should limit contact with others and stay home as much as possible.
No, I’m not. You are overreacting. The chances of catching the virus are slim.
While you may be more immune to panic than your partner, neither of you is immune to the Coronavirus.
Wherever you fall on the continuum of attitudes and behaviors about the pandemic, everyone would agree that the world has been turned upside down. Each of us is left to choose for ourselves our degree of caution, while understanding our responsibility and the consequences of our actions.
How do you handle coronavirus anxiety when you and your partner have different survival styles and you are at odds?
There is not only one way to do things.
If you and your partner clash over coping styles, it’s important to remember that both of you (within reason) are right, or potentially right. Each person deserves to be heard.
Remember that you’re in this together. Use this time to find new and creative ways to connect rather than blame each other.
Stay safe and healthy
Please leave your comments, suggestions, feedback….
Here’s the place to make a list of the things you want to learn, work on, understand better and what’s worrying you. Let me know what’s in your head. I am listening.
Learn WHY your marriage/relationship came apart, the PART you played in it, and most importantly, HOW to empower yourself to move forward to ensure that these issues don’t occur in your future romantic relationships (to virtually “divorce-proof” them).