5 ways to use the quarantine to strengthen your relationship, according to a relationship and intimacy expert
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Being stuck inside can have its perks.
- Alexandra Stockwell, MD is a relationship and intimacy expert who shows couples how to build beautiful, stable, long lasting relationships.
- Stockwell teaches partners how to infuse pleasure and purpose into all aspects of life - from the daily grind of running a household, to ecstatic experiences in the bedroom.
- As couples around the world find themselves stuck together 24/7 due to the coronavirus, Stockwell says this is a great opportunity for couples to share new experiences and become closer than ever.
- She encourages listening to your partner and talking through what you're each feeling, making time for individual self-care, and exploring intimacy in the bedroom.
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Throughout America, couples who typically only see each other on evenings and weekends are now together all day long. Whether one or both are working, or they are currently unemployed, this creates seismic shifts in the relationship. For some it can be a wonderful time to deepen the bond between them. For others, it leads to tensions and clashes that could be potential precursors to divorce.
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Once China lifted its quarantine protocol, there was a spike in the number of couples filing for divorce. This doesn't surprise divorce lawyers who say their offices are contacted by new clients most frequently in January (after Christmas vacation); they know that time together leads to breaking up.
On the other hand, times when couples are forced to stay home are known to lead to an increase in the birth rate nine months later. Recently, businesses that sell sex toys have also had a surge in business; the Womanizer brand reports a 50-60% increase in sales than expected in the first quarter of 2020.
Given these statistics, it's important to prioritize your relationship while adhering to social distancing and lockdown protocols. Here are five things you can do to enjoy one another and give your relationship the nourishment it needs.
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1. Set aside time to have a conversation about what's going on right now
2. Take turns expressing gratitude for what is going well in your lives
3. Take some time on your own to do something you enjoy
4. Use the time to explore and expand sensually
5. Pick a new activity to do together, or one you used to enjoy in the past
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