Keeping Love Alive in the New Normal

The Eagles were definitely on to something when they sang about love keeping us alive because, in the face of the widespread fear and confusion brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we need love more than ever. Unfortunately, indefinite isolation is leaving nerves frayed and stresses skyrocketing, which, in turn, leads to tensions in relationships. In fact, the internet is already predicting (increasingly less jokingly) that many couples will be consciously uncoupling throughout this new normal.

But the fact is, you and your partner do not have to be a statistic. With the right mindset and a few lifestyle tweaks, your relationship can come out of this unscathed. The key is to keep each other supported—and yes, loved—throughout this ordeal, while also taking great pains to take care of oneself. We’ve put together some great resources to help you do just that.


Relationship
12 Healthy Dinner Ideas for Two
25 Creative Ideas for a Romantic Date Night at Home (on a Budget)
How to Keep Romance Alive While Under Quarantine With Your Kids
15 Tips On How To Stay Married During Quarantine
How to survive isolation with your roommates, your partner, your kids – and yourself

Health
Don’t Go Down a Coronavirus Anxiety Spiral
Promoting Mental Health at Home: How to Design the Perfect Meditation Room
The Best Yoga Apps For Finding Some Zen This Year
21 of the Best Exercises for Beginners to Try at Home
27 Science-Backed Ways to Reduce Stress Right Now
Sleep During Crisis: How to support your mental health and sleep
Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health


Indeed, it’s been said that love is all you need, and yes, that’s from The Beatles. But apart from love, you also need care, good health, and mutual support to survive this quarantine (or any other challenge, for that matter). So keep the love and romance alive and prove that sometimes, numbers do lie.


– Julie Morris, ARNP

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