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Relationship Survival Skills 101: Stay At Home Edition




A couple are seen wearing protective masks as the walk by the Aussenalster during the coronavirus crisis on April 4 in Hamburg, Germany.
A couple are seen wearing protective masks as the walk by the Aussenalster during the coronavirus crisis on April 4 in Hamburg, Germany.
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As with most things, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a brand new set of challenges for couples, especially those living together during widespread stay-at-home orders.

Long-term relationships and marriages can be challenging enough on their own without the added wrinkle of being forced to stay home 24/7 with your partner. Lines between work and personal space can start to blur, alone time can be tough to come by, and add kids into the equation for an extra degree of difficulty and stress. And the reality is that all this time couples are spending together means there’s a good chance they’ll start to dig into issues they’ve been avoiding discussing, for better or worse, and that could make some relationships and break others. Communication, experts say, is even more crucial right now to ensure that your relationship or marriage doesn’t fall victim to coronavirus. Since space is at a premium, things like creating boundaries or finding some time to be separate from one another or to do an individual activity without interruption can be key to not going stir-crazy from being cooped up in the same house with the same person or people all day, every day.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll speak with a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in couples counseling about how she’s guiding some of her clients through the challenges posed by COVID-19 and take your calls and questions at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Elisa Dombrowski, licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in couples and relationship therapy; she is the founder of the Corona Del Mar Counseling Center and an adjunct professor of psychology in the graduate program at Pepperdine University