When Does Time Together Become Too Much Time Together?
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives in remarkable and unexpected ways. One such change is that most of us have been spending a lot more time at home with our children and spouses. This can have a definite upside, but there can come a point when spending more time together is tantamount to spending too much time together. This is especially true if your marriage was strained to begin with.
A Stressful Situation
There is no denying that COVID-19 has wreaked a certain level of havoc in our lives. All of the following examples apply:
Many have faced losing their jobs, being furloughed, being forced to take leave, being required to work from home, and/or taking a reduction in pay. Further, many are concerned about the stability of their jobs in general (especially for those in the hospitality industry).
Parents are unsure about whether their children will be going back to school in the fall and whether it is actually safe for them to do so.
Most of us have curtailed our activities outside the home, including reducing or eliminating dinner dates, social gatherings, movies, play dates for the kids, trips to parks, and much more.
All told, very few of us are not spending considerably more time at home. On top of all this, there is the additional stress of increased financial insecurity and fear and uncertainty about the health and well-being of our loved ones, including our children. It is a lot, and it can lead to a serious increase in marital tensions.
You Have Options
If you believe the overarching effects of the pandemic are negatively affecting your mental health and/or your relationship with your spouse, help is available. Telehealth is on the rise, and it has been propelled even further by the immense impact of COVID-19. There are remote couples’ counseling (and individual counseling) options available (including phone and video chats).
Having the opportunity to discuss the stressors you are facing and other issues in your marriage with your spouse – while guided by a counselor’s constructive feedback – may be exactly what you need to weather the COVID-19 storm. It is important to remember that you are not alone in this and that seeking the help you need is a courageous move. By committing to counseling, you may find a way to save your marriage, but if you cannot, you will be reassured to know that it was not due to a lack of effort.
Discuss Your Divorce Concerns with an Experienced Killeen Divorce Attorney Today
If your marriage is suffering under the pressure of the pandemic – or for any reason – Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is a dedicated divorce lawyer who is committed to helping you better understand your legal options and helping you move forward with purpose and an eye toward your best future. Your case is important to us, so please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.