🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19 and the Associated School Closure
Life in quarantine has been an exhausting experience. Not only is quarantine physically draining but it’s emotionally draining. You have the tiring strain of school work to finish, the hardship of maintaining your...
job (if you’re lucky enough to have one) and keeping up personal relationships is just the tip of this iceberg when it comes to the new stay-at-home orders that have been across the U.S. Speaking of relationships, at a time like this it is more pressing than ever to stay connected to the people you care about. It’s very easy to fall into a downward spiral during these isolating times if you don’t have the love and support from friends and family that is crucial during this lonely period. Although we are ordered to stay six feet apart and to stay confined to our homes, with new avenues of social media, video calling and instant messaging, there has never been an easier time in history to interact with one another. It’s easy, however, to let your personal relationships fall on the back burner when you have more pressing issues to worry about. It has been proven that social interaction promotes a boosted immune system and a more positive outlook on life.
However, COVID-19 has made it increasingly difficult to sustain these interactions as more and more precautions are set in place for people to social distance properly. What happens when two people in the same relationship have different perspectives about the Coronavirus? Me and my boyfriend both come from families who view the virus in two different ways. My mom takes precaution by making minimal trips out of the house and requires a mini screening process for the few guests me and my siblings invite over. On the opposite end, my boyfriend's family has prayed for protection against this virus. They wear masks but continue to go out and live life. While I’ve been socially distant in my room and working from home, my boyfriend has been out with friends and working at a crowded factory.
At the beginning of the initial outbreak we struggled to understand each other's views and respect each other's boundaries while maintaining our relationship when quarantining first began. Here’s his perspective: “This was quite an interesting time to be in a relationship. I still wanted to get out of the house because in my eyes, I felt that this is as clean as it is going to get. Less people are out and people are taking extra caution to clean up after themselves, but my girlfriend had other views which made it hard. Having someone wanting you to stay in, causes just a little bit of turmoil. In my opinion the best thing for relationships during quarantine is just understanding. Because it’s a difficult time for everyone right now, and we really have to consider how everyone is going about it differently.”
While relationships may be difficult to maintain in any setting, they’re a necessity to make sure your mental health stays afloat. Whether you go on walks and stay six feet apart from friends, or you have your boyfriend pull you out of the house on a solitary hike for a few hours, finding happy mediums and compromises that respect each other's boundaries, enhances the relationship and creates a stronger bond.