Did the Covid-19 pandemic hurt or help your relationship? The answer might depend on how resilient you are as a couple. Many influences are factored into whether or not a relationship survives an economic or emotional crisis, some couples might seek divorce or therapy. However, studies show that even though significant stress can drive couples apart, relying on each other for emotional support during that stressful time can actually improve your relationship.
What is resilience?
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, or significant stress. Close, personal relationships work as a support system during a crisis, but a romantic partnership offers unique opportunities for reinforcement.
What are the signs of a resilient relationship?
According to Psychology Today, whatever the crisis; pandemic, infidelity, or tragedy, some characteristics of a resilient relationship are:
- Active Optimism — Being optimistic and having the self-confidence to know things will work out well when you work together.
- Honesty, Accepting Responsibility & a Willingness to Forgive — Being honest, being able to admit when you’re wrong, and being just as willing to forgive each other for wrongdoing, is a big part of any successful partnership.
- Tenacity — Having the ability to persevere despite setbacks or failure, and knowing when to adjust your game plan.
- Self-control — the ability to delay gratification and control impulses helps couples engage in positive practices.
Other characteristics include the ability to communicate well, even when it’s a difficult conversation.
If your relationship has hit some bumps in the road, reach out and we’ll help you achieve a smoother journey together.