Love Under Lockdown: How has Covid-19 affected relationships?

Written by on June 3, 2020

Remember when you could see your partner any time you wanted to? Remember how you used to go out on fun dates? Remember the endless hugs and kisses you would give them? Well that is not much of an option anymore.

Love Under Lockdown: How has Covid-19 affected relationships?
by Shaylene Karelse

Covid-19 has affected all aspects of life, including relationships. Many couples went from February (the month of love) to March (the month of dramatic change). The lockdown started on the 26th of March 2020 with rules and restrictions that would impact lovers forever. Some would say that if you live with your partner, you are one of the lucky ones. You still get to see and connect with your partner every day. In fact, Covid-19 could be seen as an opportunity for couples that are living together to deepen their bonds.

However, lovers that are geographically separated may not be considered that lucky. When you are in a new relationship, you long to see your significant other every chance you get. You make plans for when you will spend time together, what you are going to do and where you will do it.  However, the virus could have long term consequences for newly dating couples because they will not get to see each other often if not at all.

With the pandemic, lovers now have to search for other ways to stay close to one another. Couples are relying on technology to maintain their connection with each other. You can always call your significant other to talk to them however, for some, that might not be enough. Couples then resort to making use of constant texting through social media platforms and video calls. This can help them feel much closer to each other and sustain their connection. Although, this is not a perfect solution as it could also present a challenge, especially if your financial circumstances have unexpectedly changed due to the lockdown. Not having enough money or data could result in you communicating less with your partner.

So what does this mean for couples that are not living together? There is no doubt that Covid-19 is testing the bonds of many relationships and truth is some relationships might end with this pandemic. It’s imperative that couples communicate with each other and understand that by staying home, not only are you saving other people’s lives but you are saving your partner’s life.They will need to communicate with each other how they will get through the lockdown. They will have to rely on their love for each other. They have to be strong for each other to get through this.

The circumstances might not be perfect but if your connection with your partner is strong, not even Covid-19 will be able to tear you apart. If anything, this situation will make you appreciate each other more and it will make your bond stronger. And after all this is over, you and your significant other will be able to testify that love does conquer all.

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