Since the pandemic began, human beings worldwide have been urged to remain vigilant and follow all the COVID-19 protocols such as sanitizing, quarantining in their houses, and wearing masks when leaving the house (if they really have to) to avoid spreading the virus.This will no doubt affect family relations and their everyday life as well.
For most people, this has forced them to make a lot of adjustments to their daily lifestyle,including schooling, working, and feeding, just to mention a few, not forgetting that at the same time, they are dealing with a lot of tension about contracting and spreading the virus.
Due to this, Covid-19 has had so many effects on Aussie relationships. Let’s have a look at how the coronavirus disease has reshaped relationships in Australia.
Worries over sources of income
For most people, quarantine meant working from home, losing their jobs, or a pay cut. Many social amenities, like hotels and schools that made money from day to day activities, could barely stay afloat. They either had to lay-off their workers or reduce their salaries by a significant amount. The same also applied to self-employed individuals who ran independent businesses.
This has made couples who did not have money problems before COVID-19 have issues now. Working from home is cumbersome due to a lot of distractions with the children and family. Besides having no assuredincome source places the family on a tight budget with the changing needs. There are tuition fees to be paid since children are now studying online from home.
Anxiety about the virus
People have different levels of anxiety and attitudes about the virus. These differences can become significant sources of conflict, especially if one individual feels that the other is not taking enough precaution and is putting them at risk. The same may also arise when the other person feels that the other is being a little bit paranoid and is overreacting
Risein divorce cases
Confinement and quarantine made many bad relationships worse. There is a lot of pressure on couples because of constantly staying indoors together. Being made to always remain at home causes build up in pressure, conflicts arise, and even at times, end up in violence. Couples tend to have more disputes over childcare and distribution of housework, especially when both parents are working from home.
Most couples whose marriages were unstable would, on regular occasions, spend the whole day apart at their respective places of work and only meet in the evening, thus reducing chances of conflicts and disagreements.
Often, unstable marriages actually survive when both partners spend time away from each other at work or with friends. Living together with the lack of personal space and time puts a strain on the relationship. Court houses that have opened have faced a backlog of cases, with most being overwhelmed with divorce cases.
Impersonal fear of loss and death
When the pandemic struck, it was chaos, and everybody was scared of contracting it, being thrown in quarantine, or even worse, death. There was also a lot of stigmatization of people who had contracted the virus, wholly recovered, and free to go back home. Most people wanted nothing to do with them and even distanced themselves.
It is clearly evident that coronavirus claimed many lives and leftfamilies suffering and grieving. This has a tremendous effect on families, including being financially unstable, especially after losingtheir breadwinner.
Rise in depression cases
Being subjected to closed environments during quarantine with zero human interaction or with the same people every day has affected most individuals’ mental health. This is due to the psychological impact of prolonged social isolation on human beings.
There has been a reported rise in depression cases, with most people having zero access to therapy, mainly due to financial constraints.
Quarantine meant not seeing the people they are not living with but are used to for most people. It conversely meant getting used to people you do live with because you are always seeing them more than you are used to.
This has also taken a toll on maintaining family and friends connections who prefer to catch up in person or who are used to physical meet-ups as the only way to stay in touch.
Quality time and bonding
Turns out, the effects of COVID-19 are not all adverse. Some families admitted to getting the chance to spend more time together and get to bond with their family members. This is usually the opposite as on regular working days everyone is up and about their business and they only meet up in the evening when they are all tired from the day’s work, take supper and sleep.
Amidst the tension and worry of new income sources with money being tight and everything, some families engaged in income-generating activities together. Everyone had a role in making money for the family to enable them survive during the pandemic.
Coronavirus has had and continues to have both negative and positive impacts on human relationships. Although it might be comforting that you are not going through this alone, the consequences are more negative than positive.
Most people have been forced to stay close to their partners or whoever they are living with. While this served as a limitation to a large number of individuals, as it meant them rubbing shoulders with their family members a little more than usual, to others, it was a chance to actually bond and get to know a little more about each other.
If Covid has strained your marriage, it might be a good idea to consult a therapist for online guidance and counselling sessions.
Communication is also crucial as partners can listen to each other and solve their problems rather than let tension build-up. Meditation and exercise have also proven helpful and stress relieving as they keep your mind occupied and free from worries. And finally, if you’ve been drifting apart from other family members or friends, it might be worth trying to save the relationships.