Saturday 5 December, 2020

Taking Care – Couples & COVID-19

Love lives around the world have been challenged by the effects of COVID-19. With increased strain on time spent together or apart and more at-home tasks to juggle, a lot can change. 

In part two of Taking Care sponsored by the Unit Trust Corporation, Dr Dianne Douglas, Clinical & Community Psychologist, Clinical Director, Douglas & Associates Limited, talks about the detrimental effects of COVID-19 on relationships. These human connections are put to the test by matters such as working from home, homeschooling, absence of childcare support, and some of us may not know what to do to prioritize our partners and ourselves.  


To ensure that we give our relationships the best possible chance in these challenging times, Dr Douglas shares five decisions that all couples should make to ensure their relationship prospers: 

  1. Be your best self – let your partner experience the best of you as you handle the various pressures brought on by COVID-19  

  1. Be resilient – make a decision to ensure that your relationship thrives during these unprecedented times  

  1. Commitment – live within the boundaries that make your relationship successful e.g. your marriage vows  

  1. Intimacy – feel safe knowing that you can share your vulnerabilities with your partner  

  1. Passion – have fun with your partner and nurture each other  

Dr Douglas encourages persons in relationships to apply these five decisions to ensure that their relationship not only survives COVID-19 but more importantly, it thrives. 

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