Rindie Eagle, MA, LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
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The coronavirus pandemic and ensuing isolation people find themselves in will put many relationships to the test.  In normal circumstances, time spent in “togetherness” is a goal and hallmark of a healthy couple.  But no one ever suggested spending every waking minute in the same space, day in and day out.  There are of course exceptions, couples that normally find satisfaction in putting their full attention on the “we” rather than “me” but surely even they would occasionally run to the grocery store on their own.
When mixing people’s collective anxieties, worries and stresses with being cooped up with their partners, there will be a negative impact on some relationships.  And others will thrive and become stronger.
How do you keep your relationship as healthy as possible during quarantine?  
-> Give each other space, where possible.  You both need time alone, especially if there are kids in your space with you.  Talk about the importance of this and how to make it happen.  Are there times of the day that you can spend time in a separate room  doing your own thing like reading, napping or doing your online exercise class?  Can you agree that sometimes you’ll take a walk alone to

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Here we are … COVID-19, a pandemic, something most of us and our marriage have never faced before. You may be experiencing anxiety, job loss or current loss of income, time away from or more time with your spouse due to work demands/work from home situations, and the question mark of what tomorrow holds. Life…
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It’s time to talk about an uncomfortable topic.
Grief.
Grief is so uncomfortable that many struggle to know what to say to someone experiencing the grief of a sudden, soul-crushing loss.  Grief can also sneak up on you.  The unfolding coronavirus pandemic is a set-up for this as people can initially be more aware of the other normal responses to this abnormal situation such as shock, anger, fear, worry, stress and anxiety.
Though you may not be aware of grief specifically, it can masquerade as other emotions.  Other signals of distress like anger outbursts, tensions in your relationships, paralysis, preoccupation and overall angst can signal grief is underneath.
Like many, you may be using humor to manage your feelings; sharing memes on social media and in text threads (which by the way is a very effective coping tool).  But I also encourage you to at least be aware of grief and the possibility that you will encounter it at some point.
Consider just a few of the losses people are experiencing, with more coming:

jobs
money
security
weddings
Spring Break trips
bar mitzvahs
dinners out with friends
dinners in with friends
last little league seasons
Tuesday night darts
being with classmates at school
church on Sundays
high school and college graduations
book clubs
hoops at the Y
movies at the theater
concerts
watching

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Something really interesting happens when you’re forced to slow down.  One thing, you get creative.  Boredom can also stoke creativity.
As the new social distancing way of life rolls into the third week, I’m noticing myself doing things differently as I move around in my home.  The pressure to be anywhere isn’t there.  I’m taking my time to the dishes in the sink without preoccupation with the other things I should be doing.  Items on the bottom of my “I’d like to do that but I never get around to it” list, like art and baking, are actually happening.  And humor is more important to me than ever.  We all need it.
On Twitter, there is a hashtag making the rounds called #IsolationLife and people from all over the world are sharing things they are doing (or even thoughts they are having) while in self-quarantine.  It’s clear people are stretching themselves, finding silver linings, in contemplation and using loads of humor to get through this thing.
Enjoy some  #IsolationLife tweets (the second one is mine):
“Shaved the sides of my head, having a Britney moment.”
“I read a study about the benefits of doing art “even if you suck at it” so I drew the

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To say we are living in uncertain times is a massive understatement. I’ve been blessed to be on this earth now for 60 years, from the Vietnam War to 9/11 to the global financial crisis. I’ve lived through periods of tremendous change and turmoil in the world, at various moments in the history of society […]
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These are challenging times.  Most of you have had to redefine what’s “normal” as we practice social isolation to do our part to avoid the spread of COVID-19 / novel coronavirus.  Some of you are home with your partners and kids, challenged to be teachers as your children continue their schooling online.  In many of those cases you are trying to work at home too, if possible.  If your kids are younger, you may be trying to entertain them and create some semblance of order.  Some of you are without kids in the home but as a couple, individual or roommates, also trying to wrap your brain around your new temporary lives.
Some are highly stressed, worried about your health and the health of those you care about.  Others are also worried about finances.  Where will money come from if your place of work is now closed?  And if you are in a country where there is a literal lock down in effect, you are even further contained in what might be a small apartment, where you aren’t even allowed to leave without permission (to shop or essential needs only).
This global pandemic is a collective experience and indeed, we are all

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“I’ve found that spouses often feel more betrayed by emotional infidelity because it’s not just about sex. Emotional affairs are about an intimate relationship with someone outside the marriage. Learning to trust someone and be emotionally vulnerable after these affairs can be incredibly difficult. If only they had learned how to talk to their partner…
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In a time when “social distancing” to “flatten the curve” has literally hijacked life as we used to know it, it’s critical for our emotional health to stay upbeat whenever possible for what could be a long haul.
At the moment, though in this together collectively, we may have different coronavirus impact depending on where we live (the San Francisco Bay area, for example, has a mandatory shelter in place order).  Some of you may have kids at home that are doing some kind of online schooling (perhaps while you try to work if you’ve had the ability to do so remotely).  Others may still be going to work because your area has not been restricted yet or perhaps you are one who is considered an exception (in health care or other required social services).  And there are surely those who are terrified about fundamental needs and their economic survival if out of work during this pandemic.
One thing seems pretty clear.  It could be a while.  As we settle in inside to decrease the spread of COVID-19, now more than ever before in any of our lives is it important to stay connected with the people we care about and find

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