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8 effective ways to preserve work-from-home relationships

8 effective ways to preserve work-from-home relationships Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

In today's world, many people work remotely, and as practice shows - it's from home. But when you're alone, home is a peaceful atmosphere, yet when you're a couple and always stay at home - it's challenging.

The psychological portal Pleso on Instagram, tells about how to maintain relationships when you work from home together.

Accept your partner's quirks without trying to change them to fit yourself

Attempting to reshape someone without their consent will only lead to resistance and defensive reactions. Acceptance doesn't always mean approval; it means creating safe conditions for both of you in the relationship.

Mirror rather than criticize

Express any dissatisfaction or absence of certain behaviors using "I-messages." Feel the difference between "You're always working and don't spend time with me" and "I feel like we're drifting apart. I miss you."

Don't restrict each other's space

Being together 24/7 isn't necessary, even if you share the same workspace and personal space. Experiment with distancing and closeness to find what's comfortable for both of you.

Establish shared traditions

You can have breakfast together or watch a movie in the evening. During these times, it's important to set aside gadgets, switch off the work mode mindset, and fully dedicate yourselves to each other.

8 effective ways to preserve work-from-home relationshipsHow to maintain relationships when you work together (photo: Freepik)

Add spontaneity to your relationship

Don't solely live by schedules and plans. Give each other gifts, prepare surprises, and delight each other. You don't need grand gestures; even small acts can warm up your relationship.

Be attentive to your partner's internal processes

Remember, in these relationships, it's not just about satisfying your own needs. Your partner is a living person too. Be sensitive to each other, participate in each other's personal lives, show interest, and provide support.

Allow yourselves to take breaks from each other

Pursue your own hobbies and interests, plan meetings with friends, weekends, and vacations, both with and without your partner.

Build your relationship together

Remember, every relationship is a unique melody. Improvise together, find your own tone, rhythm, and mood. Let love between you foster this.

Also, read about how perfectionism can harm your health.