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How to Manage Relationship Tension Due to COVID-19

There is no denying the fact that the pandemic has brought much stress and tension to our lives. From fears for our health to financial strain to job insecurity, it has not been an easy year. But when you add to all that relationship tensions and divisions amongst family members, the stress may seem unbearable. Although we do appear to be nearing the light at the end of the tunnel, self-isolating, sickness, finances, and more are still triggers for frustration and stress, and we owe it to those we love and ourselves to face our relationship tensions with wisdom and a healthy perspective. 

Be Honest with Yourself

Self-awareness is a huge part of dealing with any stress or tension in your life. If you can be honest with yourself about your feelings and even about why you feel a certain way, you will be much more at peace with yourself and with others. If something made you extremely angry or sad or worried, allow yourself to feel those emotions and delve deeper into them. Although that may not be enjoyable, it is important to let yourself process things appropriately by really sitting in the feelings for a bit. Don’t stay in those feelings, of course, but instead admit to yourself any wrongdoing on your own part and accept that not everything is going to be resolved immediately or perfectly. 

Know When to Let It Go

Sometimes, people just disagree – even people you love and get along with or are related to. You may have significantly different opinions or perspectives on something, and you both may feel very passionately about your opinion or stance. But you have to balance how much you value your relationship with how strongly you feel about getting your point across. With some friends or family members, you may be able to have a respectful conversation where you have different opinions, but pushing too hard with others can completely break a relationship. Most of the time, that’s just not worth it. Know when to let go of the fight, even if you’re not willing to let go of your opinion – it will help keep the peace and help you maintain stronger relationships that truly matter. 

Focus on the Positives

When stress is high and relationships are tense, it’s important to focus on the positives – not only in your relationships but also in life. Practice thankfulness regularly and be appreciative of and toward the ones you love. If you’re struggling to see the positives, try shifting your perspective or selecting one area of life that you’re especially thankful for to focus on. Especially when a relationship is strained, it can be very helpful to point out the positives in the other person and show appreciation for your relationship. 

Remember that this pandemic will not last forever, and it’s not worth losing relationships over a difference of opinion or overwhelming stress. Hold tight to those you love and appreciate, and trust that your relationships will persevere through this storm. 

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Best Virtual Activities When You’re Quarantined During COVID

Whether you’ve gotten a positive test or have had close contact with someone who has, you’re stuck at home for the next 10-14 days and you’re not sure how you’re going to survive. Even though you made it through the national shutdown last spring, this time feels different. Regardless of if you’re at home with minor symptoms or are just waiting out the potential incubation period, you need some things to do to keep you busy and pass the time. You want to make the most of this time but you also want to enjoy yourself, so what do you do? You take a look at our best virtual activities list and start going through them. We’re sure you’ll enjoy yourself and get a lot out of each experience!

Virtual Zoo & Aquarium Trips

Many zoos and aquariums have had live streams of certain animals available online for a while, but they’ve upped their game big time since the pandemic hit. San Diego Zoo, The Georgia Aquarium, and the Houston Zoo are some of the best virtual trips you can take when you’re stuck at home. You can also check out the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or the Taronga Zoo in Australia using Google street view. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden are home to Fiona, the world-famous baby hippo, and you can watch an entire video series about her and other animals on their website. 

Virtual Museum Visits

It can be fun to virtually visit a museum you’ve been to before, but how much cooler is it to explore a museum that you’ll probably never have a chance to visit in person? The British Museum in London lets you look at Egyptian mummies, the Guggenheim Museum in New York shows you their infamous spiral staircase along with centuries of iconic art, and the American Museum of Natural History allows you to explore a butterfly conservatory, mammals, and human origins. Other notable museums with virtual visits include the National Gallery of Art in DC, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. 

Take Online Classes

It has never been easier to take an online class. You can find a variety of topics to learn about, from cooking to sewing to DIY projects. Some universities are even offering free online classes, and famous chefs, scientists, and more are offering virtual classes at no cost. If you’ve been considering learning a new language or learning a new skill or craft, now’s the time!

Virtually Visit a National Park

While outdoor, spacious venues are typically safe to visit during the pandemic, if you’re quarantined or self-isolating, any public outing is a no-go. Thankfully, you can still interact with nature and imagine yourself in the great outdoors with virtual visits to some beautiful national parks. The Great Smokies, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Yellowstone are all accessible online. Google Arts & Culture also created a series called “The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks” that allows you to explore parts of Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah, and Florida in 360° views. 

Although it’s not ideal to be stuck at home, do your best to remain positive, make the most of it, and find some enjoyable things to do to help you pass the time well.