Hey there! It’s hard to deny the pressure that the COVID-19 pandemic has put on marriages, for good or bad. Whether you or a family member has the virus yourself, suddenly adjusting to working from home, been furloughed or lost a job, or juggling homeschooling with your many other duties, your marriage is likely being impacted due to added stress.

Many couples are looking for answers to get from survival-mode back to to thriving.

I reached out to Dr. Matt Eschler, PhD and family therapist, for practical tips about what couples can do to reduce stress.

Watch the 6 minute video by clicking below to hear what he has to say:

In summary, his suggestions are:

  1. Limit news consumption. Stay informed but don’t let the gloom and doom of news pump continual fear into your home.
  2. Remain active. Get outdoors and move around to avoid isolation. Use this as an opportunity to date your spouse every day. 
  3. Find something to make every day better. Do one little thing tomorrow to make tomorrow better, but don’t fall into the trap of perfectionism.

Have you any creative ideas on how you’ve struggled with the added pressures that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on your relationship? Write them in the comments below!