"The Coronavirus is Affecting My Long Distance Relationship"
The world is going a bit crazy right now due to the coronavirus… Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re definitely aware of the virus. According to the NHS, the coronavirus (aka COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The virus originated in Wuhan, China, and has now made its way all around the world. Lately, I’ve been getting tons of messages saying “the coronavirus is affecting my long distance relationship.”
To help contain the virus, travel bans have been put in place. Now, this may upset you, and you have every right to be upset, but you need to understand that the travel bans are to help stop the virus from spreading. So, unfortunately, we’re going to have to deal with them for a while, which means, you may not be able to see your partner for quite some time.
If you were one of the people who said, “the coronavirus is affecting my long distance relationship”, then continue reading this blog!
Here is some advice to help you deal with not being able to see your partner during the coronavirus outbreak!
1. Talk on FaceTime / Skype
I know, I know… Talking to your partner virtually is nowhere near being the same as talking in person. However, you have to work with what you have! Thankfully, we live in a world with awesome technology. So, grab your phone or computer, and video chat with your partner! Both of you are going to be feeling the same way about not being able to see each other, so spend some time together online. You’ll be able to see each other (virtually) and talk about how you’re feeling.
2. Think realistically
As I’m sure you’re aware, people have been going a bit overboard… Stocking up on toilet paper is not going to cure a virus, just saying. Keep reminding yourself that the world isn’t ending! This will all blow over soon and you’ll be able to see your partner again. This brings me to my next point…
3. Stay positive
I say this in so many of my blogs… Stay positive! When you think positive, you feel positive. So, don’t sit around and tell yourself “oh my gosh, I’m never going to see my partner again”, “the world is ending, my life is falling apart”, etc… Take a deep breath! You WILL see your partner again, the world is NOT ending, and this travel ban WON’T last forever. Yes, things are tough right now for long distance couples, but soon enough, you’ll be able to reunite with your partner… It’s just going to take time. So, in the meanwhile, try to think only positive thoughts!
4. Spend time with other people who love you
The coronavirus isn’t just affecting long distance couples… It’s really affecting everyone. People aren’t allowed to work, and in some countries, people aren’t allowed to leave their homes – it’s ridiculous! So, if you’re stuck at home, then make the most of the time and spend it with your family. Play some board games, watch some funny movies, and make each other laugh. Take this as an opportunity to get closer to your family who love and support you!
5. Play online games with your partner
I recently wrote a blog all about online games for couples, so what better timing to read that blog than right now!? There are tons of online multiplayer games where you can meet up with your partner in a virtual world. They’re actually pretty fun!
Click here to check out some online games for couples!
The coronavirus is affecting my long distance relationship, too.
So, I can definitely relate to how you’re feeling. My partner doesn’t know when he’ll be able to visit me in New York next due to the travel bans. However, we’re staying strong and hoping for the virus to disappear sooner than later.
The NHS stated to “stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
Do not go to a doctor, pharmacy or hospital.”
The NHS also included a list of what to do to ensure you stay safe, so make sure to educate yourself on those steps!
I hope it’s not too much longer that you and your partner need to be apart. Good luck, stay positive, stay safe, and remind yourself that you’ll see them soon!