It’s been a hectic week for us. I wasn’t able to send out our newsletter last week due to a relative needing to go to the hospital. Having to “drop off” a family member at the ER, and not being allowed in, was truly one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. The good news is that I was able to pick up my family member on Monday and all is well. Thank goodness. Hope your week was less exciting.

We are now in a new phase of the pandemic crisis where being home, or whatever your routine is, has become the “new normal.” The shock and disbelief have worn off. Relationships have either become better or worse, as couples and families are living together in small spaces for longer periods of time than ever.

In our practice we have seen some couples have a newfound appreciation for their relationship or marriage. Time has been slowed down and they are interacting more, working better as a team, seeing more depth in each other. For others, we have seen an awakening of unhappiness in their marriage and a strong desire to either make it work or separate.

The pandemic crisis will put your relationship to the test. And there is still a lot ahead. Especially, I imagine, there will be difficult discussions about when and how to return to our workplaces, how to handle finances, and how to handle issues with children.

This week I’m sharing an insightful article from TIME magazine:

Can Your Relationship Survive the Togetherness of a Pandemic? – Staying at home due to Coronavirus concerns is recommended for public health. But what does it do to a relationship?Here are 11 things Couples’ Therapists recommend.

If you missed our previous articles, check them out:

How to Keep the Quarantine from Ruining Your Marriage – Marriage researcher Carol Bruess shares advice for how couples can strive to cultivate connection during this unprecedented global pandemic.

Tips to Move from Surviving to Thriving During Lockdown – A letter from Esther Perel about ‘Life and Love Under Lockdown’ with tips on thriving, not just surviving, this difficult time.

Why We Are All Grieving – While our situations and circumstances are different, everyone in the world is experiencing a shared sense of loss. Here’s why.

Surviving the Coronavirus: 9 Practical Steps for Couples (& Individuals) – You and your partner are confined to your house to stop the spread of COVID-19. What do you do now? I share how Bob and I cope.


Your relationship deserves the highest level of support. Relationship Experts, Bob and Lori Hollander are committed to helping individuals and couples build connection and deepen bonds in a world that often makes it difficult.

Call them at 410-363-2825 or email them today, info@relationshipswork.com


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