How To Keep Your Marriage Alive While Working From Home
Couples are not meant to spend all their time together. It’s good to spend some time together, but not all your time. If you never get any time to yourself, it’s easy to feel suffocated.
That’s how a lot of couples have felt over the past two years. In early 2020, companies had to change up their employees’ work arrangements after the COVID pandemic forced Americans to quarantine in their homes. In many cases, couples were working remotely together, causing immense frustration.
How are workspaces split up at home? What happens when one person has a meeting? What if there are children at home as well? Who is responsible for their care?
Working from home may seem like a dream for many people, but it’s easier said than done. Working outside of the office can be challenging with all the distractions in your home, and having your spouse working at home and invading your space can make the situation even worse.
Sheltering in place has infringed on individual space to a large degree. This has led to a lot of anger, anxiety, and resentment. This misdirected anger has been so bad that many couples have divorced.
But you don’t have to suffer in a hostile work and home environment. Find out how to keep the peace and work things out with your spouse so both your work and marriage can thrive.
Find Private Time
If you stay in the house all day, you may never get any time to yourself. Therefore, you may need to find ways to carve out your own private time. Get out of the house and go for a walk. Get up early or stay up later and watch TV or read a book. Make sure you allow your spouse time to themselves as well.
It can be difficult for both of you to work in the same area, especially if one has regular meetings and needs privacy. Try to arrange your working areas so that they are as far apart as possible so you don’t bother each other.
Create a Routine
Working from home is easier when there is a routine in place. Treat your day like you would if you had to work in the office. Get dressed, get your coffee, and take lunch breaks. Starting and ending your day at the same time every day will help you set boundaries so you can better function.
Have a Plan in Place
Communicate with your spouse about responsibilities around the house as well as your work schedule for the day. Who will take care of the kids and pets? Who does the laundry and dishes? You can avoid issues with proper planning.
Seek Legal Help
While working from home allows couples to spend more time together, having to share a workspace with your partner can be frustrating and lead to numerous relationship challenges.
Are you lashing out at your partner? Try communication and ground rules. If neither helps, you may want to reconsider your marriage. Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer Edward J. Jennings, P.A. can guide you through the process. Schedule a consultation today by calling 954-764-4330 or filling out the online form.