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The old joke about spouses entering retirement is that they signed up for life, but not for lunch. It’s a bit of humor that draws on the insight that spending too much time with anyone — even somebody you love dearly — can create a tension all its own.
Enter the pandemic. Now we work from home, manage our kids’ online learning, turn to Zoom happy hours — all in close contact sometimes 24/7 with your spouse. What could go wrong? As we’re finding out — plenty.
Kelsey Borresen, writing for the Huffington Post, cites experts in the field, saying “Maybe you’ve found yourself flipping out on your partner over a pile of dishes in the sink. That strong reaction may have less to do with the messy kitchen itself and more to do with mounting pandemic-related stress you’ve been trying to suppress.”
What are the leading causes of stress that couples are dealing with during the pandemic? See if these issues sound familiar:
- Lack of alone time
- In-person schooling (or not) for the kids
- Support from your partner
- The blame game
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