Expert Pitch
Virginia Tech

Tips for couples to improve relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic

26-May-2020 3:50 PM EDT, by Virginia Tech

Many couples are struggling to balance connection and alone time while sharing physical space at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Family studies expert Mariana Falconier — who leads Together, a free program for couples offered by Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland, College Park — shares some ideas on how to adapt to being at home together and improve your relationship during this time.

  1. Talk about your “love language.” Be intentional to understand each other’s needs and communicate about what might be missing in your relationship.
     
  2. Don’t take things personally. Sometimes we get on each other’s nerves while we’re cooped up and under stress. Assume “purity of intention” with your partner. 

  3. Have fun together. Watch something funny on TV. Laughter is medicine for the soul.

  4. Limit your screen time so you have more time for other activities that you can do together, such as exercising, cooking, or playing a board game. 

  5. Go outside and take a walk in the fresh air. 

  6. Read together. Poetry, inspirational stories, and books about other difficult moments in time can help you see that this is a collective moment in time, and these major ups and downs are part of history. 

  7. Set a daily routine. Wake up and go to bed at the same time. Quality of sleep greatly affects your mood and physical health. Developing a daily routine has other benefits. For example, eating and exercising at the same times each day is good for your overall wellbeing. Keeping these routines will help manage your time better, which will have a positive effect on mood and help you feel productive. 

  8. Look for ways to help your partner, especially if you have children.

  9. Find time to connect at the end of the day. Although you’re home together, you may be working and not seeing each other during the day.

  10. Make plans together. This is an excellent time to do budgeting and financial planning. It’s also a great time to discuss life after the pandemic, such as the first fun activity you’ll do together after social distancing restrictions are safely lifted.

  11. Try a new hobby. Painting, gardening, cooking, knitting, scrapbooking, and learning a new language are all activities you can do by yourself for some alone time or as a couple to spend more quality time together.

  12. Organize the house together. Take this time to reorganize your bedroom, closets, bathroom, kitchen, or any other areas of the house that need to be tidied up or even just refreshed for a change of scenery.Take a virtual tour. Many museums, national parks, and zoos have landing pages for visitors to experience and learn more. There are even videos of penguins taking private tours through art museums!

  13. Take a virtual tour. Many museums, national parks, and zoos have landing pages for visitors to experience and learn more. There are even videos of penguins taking private tours through art museums!

TOGETHER Program Background

Together is a free program for couples offered by Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland, College Park. It integrates relationship education and financial education. Couples are taught tools to:

  • Manage stress individually and together as a couple,
  • Communicate constructively and problem solve together, and
  • Better manage their finances.

The program has case managers who help couples connect to other supportive services that they may include health, educational, housing, or employment services. For more information, visit: http://togetherprogram.org.

Our studio

Finding reliable experts for media interviews is especially important during this difficult time. Virginia Tech’s television and radio studios can broadcast live HD audio and video to networks, news outlets, and affiliates interviewing Virginia Tech faculty and staff. The university does not charge for use of its studios. Video is transmitted by LTN Global Communications; Skype, FaceTime, or similar products; or file sharing (Dropbox, Google Drive, We-Transfer, etc.). Radio interviews can be transmitted by ISDN, Comrex, phone, smartphone recording, or file sharing.  




Filters close

Showing results

1120 of 2911
Newswise: Americans actively engaging in collectivism as financial buoy, experts say
Released: 13-Aug-2020 11:25 AM EDT
Americans actively engaging in collectivism as financial buoy, experts say
University of Notre Dame

Karen Richman, University of Notre Dame director of undergraduate studies at the Institute for Latino Studies, and her colleague, found that many people in the U.S. are relying on informal networks of family and friends to stay afloat in a recent study.

Newswise: 240116_web.jpg
Released: 13-Aug-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Researchers identify a protein that may help SARS-CoV-2 spread rapidly through cells
Colorado State University

Eric Ross and Sean Cascarina, biochemistry and molecular biology researchers at Colorado State University, have released a research paper identifying a protein encoded by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, that may be associated with the quick spread of the virus through cells in the human body.

Newswise: 240119_web.jpg
Released: 13-Aug-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Public health consequences of policing homelessness
University of Colorado Denver

Two weeks ago, Colorado State Patrol troopers began clearing out nearly 200 residents from homeless encampments that surround the Colorado Capitol.

Released: 13-Aug-2020 10:35 AM EDT
Age discrimination seen @Twitter during #COVID19 pandemic
University of Michigan

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect storm for age discrimination on social media.

Released: 13-Aug-2020 10:15 AM EDT
New COVID-19 Model Reveals Need for Better Travel Restriction Implementation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

More strategic and coordinated travel restrictions could have reduced the spread of COVID-19 in the early stages of the pandemic, data confirms. The conclusion, available in preprint on MedRxiv, an online repository of papers that have been screened but not peer reviewed, stems from new modeling conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Released: 13-Aug-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Four National Organizations Provide Guidance on Maintaining Essential Operations as COVID-19 Pandemic Continues
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The recent resurgence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has many states near or at bed and intensive care unit (ICU) capacity, and health care facilities’ ability to meet the ongoing needs of surgical patients may be stressed by new influxes of COVID-19 patients admitted to health care facilities. To ensure health care organizations, physicians, and nurses remain prepared to meet these demands to care for patients who undergo recommended essential operations, the American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and American Hospital Association (AHA) have developed a Joint Statement: Roadmap for Maintaining Essential Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic. This joint statement provides a list of principles and considerations to guide physicians, nurses, and hospitals and health systems as they provide essential care to their patients and communities. This joint statement builds on the Joint Statement:

Newswise: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Tested at University of Kentucky Shows Positive Preclinical Results
Released: 13-Aug-2020 8:50 AM EDT
COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Tested at University of Kentucky Shows Positive Preclinical Results
University of Kentucky

PDS Biotechnology, a clinical stage immunotherapy company, has announced positive results from preclinical testing conducted at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, PDS0203.

Released: 13-Aug-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Oxygen Therapy Harms Lung Microbiome in Mice
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

New mouse study on the lung microbiome could have implications for treatment of reduced oxygen levels in critically ill patients—including those with COVID-19.

Newswise:Video Embedded slac-scientists-invent-low-cost-emergency-ventilator-and-share-the-design-for-free
VIDEO
Released: 13-Aug-2020 8:45 AM EDT
SLAC scientists invent low-cost emergency ventilator and share the design for free
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have invented an emergency ventilator that could help save the lives of patients suffering from COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Newswise: 240021_web.jpg
Released: 13-Aug-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Scientists identify hundreds of drug candidates to treat COVID-19
University of California, Riverside

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have used machine learning to identify hundreds of new potential drugs that could help treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2.


Showing results

1120 of 2911

close
1.85948