At first glance, the latest lockdown restrictions represent a further blow to young couples. Different households have been banned from mixing, and the public must stay at home whenever possible. Clearly, partners who do not cohabit may now be forced to spend a significant time apart from their loved one.
This can have a significant impact on mental health, as individuals may struggle to adapt to the prospect of not being together until at least mid-February. However, a few small changes to your daily routine can help soften the blow.
1) Make time for them
You both have personal commitments each day, whether that be a demanding job, university assignments or family/care commitments. A little time spent talking to your partner each day will let them know you care, despite the hustle and bustle of your everyday routine. This doesn't have to be over the phone! However, a facetime call can add an extra element to proceedings and will allow you to communicate via those all important visual emotions. As the old saying goes, a picture speaks a thousand words.
2) Let them know when you need support
In the current lockdown climate, it can become easy to become isolated, and bogged down within a daily routine. Although no physical support is possible, sharing your emotions with your partner can often release pent-up stress and anxiety. They likely know you as well as anyone and will be able to listen to your concerns. They should also be able to offer solutions should you require them. Equally, encourage them to open up to you, as they may be going through similar periods of negative emotion. A problem shared is often a problem halved.
3) Stay positive
The final piece of advice is much easier said than done. The last 12 months have been painful, but things can only improve from here. However difficult it may be, try to plan ahead with your partner. Create lists of things to do together, places to explore and activities to enjoy. Booking a holiday or mini-break for the summer will give you both something to look forward to, and make the separation period seem just that little bit easier.