Reports are coming in from all over the country that divorce attorneys are inundated with post-coronavirus divorce inquiries. Google reports an increase in people searching for information on divorce, and marriage counselors are seeing a flood of couples seeking online marriage counseling.
Why is this happening? Why are people ready to end their marriages after two months of being quarantined together?
Highlighting Communication Problems
All of us make mistakes in our communication. The whole process of a thought going from our mind, putting it into words, traveling some expanse of space, and then going into someone else's mind in the same way we intended it — well, there are so many places that it can and will break down! When that happens, we can quickly end up in conflict. In a perfect world, we take some time and space, and we work through those conflicts. But COVID-19 is adding stress that fuels those communication challenges.
We've all been under a higher level of stress, and we've been carrying it around for two months. There isn't much we can do to escape that underlying stress. So what happens? We end up taking it out on the people we are quarantined with. Stress causes us to be more sensitive and shorter with each other. It is easy to see how even more issues are caused by adding stress on top of a relationship that already housed some tension in it.
Lack of Resources
Let's face it: when our marriages are strained, where do we go? It can often feel easier to ignore the issue, or even throw in the towel than to work on it! Marriage takes work, that doesn't mean that it's bad! It takes a lot of effort to remain connected during these difficult times!
Don't allow your marriage to be another coronavirus statistic! Are you feeling the stress? Take this opportunity to join a special summer re|engage online small group! We will talk about how you can reconnect, restore, and repair your marriage!
Re|engage will meet Mondays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm online! Register today!
If you're not sure you want to commit to a group quite yet, join us for a fun, interactive webinar on communication mistakes and how to avoid them in marriages, families, and relationships. On June 1 at 8pm, you can learn how to improve communication with your loved ones. Register online!