Being confined to a small space together can be quite stressful for any couple. But add in the stress of the outbreak of a potentially life-threatening illness, and you might find even further trouble tolerating one another.
Fortunately, there are some ways to help one another get through quarantine. Here’s what you can do to ensure that your relationship survives being confined in a small room together:
Help each other deal with the emotional rollercoaster
From anger to fear, the quarantine will likely stir up a lot of emotion. And you might experience these emotions coming in waves.
You may find yourselves laughing one minute and crying just a short time later. And of course, you’re likely to be bored and frustrated in between. This is all normal when faced with such a highly stressful and unfamiliar situation as quarantine. There’s little known about what to expect, what might happen, or when you will be able to leave.
Help one another ride this emotional rollercoaster. Rather than minimize your partner’s feelings by saying, “Oh there’s nothing to be scared about,” say things like, “I know this is a scary situation.” Just knowing that you’re listening can provide a big sense of relief for your partner.
Focus on being kind and respectful
Any stressful situation can cause you to grow a bit irritable and snarky with one another. But under normal circumstances, you can walk away and take a break. Obviously, you can’t do that when you’re quarantined in the same room.
Make it a goal to treat your partner with kindness — even when you don’t feel like it. Apologize when you are unkind, and forgive your partner for being rude at times as well.
Keep in mind that even though there aren’t a lot of things you can control when you’re quarantined, one thing you can control is how you treat one another. So make it a goal to remain kind and respectful despite feeling stressed out.
Practice healthy coping skills
When you’re quarantined, you won’t have access to many of the coping skills you’ve likely grown accustomed to in managing distress — like walking around the neighborhood or going for a drive to listen to music. Consequently, you might find yourself feeling a bit helpless when it comes to managing your mood.
Fortunately, there are some simple coping strategies you can turn to even when you’re quarantined. Meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, drawing, listening to music, reading a book, or just pacing around the room might decrease your stress and help you feel better.
Work on managing your emotions so you can be the best partner you are able to under the circumstances. Talk about the skills that are working for you, and offer to assist your partner
In addition to ruining your hair, rain has a habit of ruining outdoor spring and summer dates. Cute impromptu picnic? Forget it. That outdoor music festival? Probably not. When a sudden rainstorm interrupts your plans for a date, you have some choices: (a) brave the weather and hope your hair doesn’t turn into Monica’s from the Barbados episode of Friends, (b) choose an equally fun indoor activity, (c) straight up refuse to leave the house and instead stay in together, or (d) be that person who asks for a last-minute raincheck (don’t be that person).
But if you find yourself needing a little inspiration for your backup plan, here’s a list of some classic rainy-day date ideas for when you’re sick of going to the movie theater as your only dry option.
If you want to avoid cabin fever, but you want to keep it as indoors as possible:
Go bowling. A frizzy ponytail goes well with those shoes anyway.
Enjoy some art. This is the perfect opportunity to finally go to that museum’s new photography exhibit everyone is talking about so you can quit pretending you’re just as cultured as your hip friend who always manages to do that stuff before you even hear of it.
Get cultured. Find a random local performance that you probably didn’t even know was happening—a concert or a play or a comedy show—and snag the cheapest seats. You might discover a new favorite band, but even if it ends up being awful, at least it will be dry.
Act like kids. Think of the fun stuff your parents took you to do when you were driving them nuts inside the house. Playing at an arcade or visiting a roller-skating rink (so retro!) is a much more fun indoor activity than sulking.
Go shopping. We’re not talking about those awkward mall dates you had as a teenager. Go buy something you both can do together, like fun new game, or hit up an international grocery store for a new wine to try (Lebanon and Georgia—the country, that is—have some great ones).
Check out the local booze scene. Got a craft brewery, distillery, winery, in your area? See if they have any available tours or tastings that day, or make a day of hopping between them (just have Uber be your DD).
Play grown-up games. Pool halls are basically the arcades of the older set. Being inside a dingy, dark bar on a glorious spring day would be a waste, but it’s the perfect use of a cold and rainy one. If pool’s not your thing, find one that
Let’s face it: Money makes the world go around. Meaning that the more of it we have, the more we can do in many situations.
Some of us are more driven by money than others, but the bottom line is that we all need it on some level. What does that have to do with astrology? Quite a bit, as crystals are just one way that you can allow yourself to profit. Crystals can help accomplish many things, as there are crystals for luck, success, health and other things. Below you’ll find the top eight crystals to attract money.
8 Crystals to Attract Money & Abundance
Green Aventurine is one of the stones that attracts money. It has a reputation for bringing opportunity. It’s known as ‘the gambler’s stone’ because it helps increase luck when it comes to financial gain. The best way to use this crystal to bring you abundance is to keep it in the dish where you toss your loose change at the end of the night. It will help that jar to grow full! Give it time and let its influence take hold of your daily habits. Before you know it, you’ll be finding more ways to save the money you bring home.
You might also want to put it where your important papers and documents are kept. Wear it when you have meetings with your financial adviser or important business meetings. Do you have a meeting where you need to ask people to invest in your small business? Bring this stone along in your pocket or put it around your neck, as these are situations where it can’t hurt to have a bit of mystical power on your side regardless of circumstances.
Citrine is a deep golden form of quartz. It’s known as one of the crystals leading to an abundance of money, and it’s sometimes referred to as ‘the merchant’s stone’ in astrology circles because it tends to bring prosperity to shopkeepers and other salespeople. My aunt had a shop, and she used to keep a small Citrine point in her cash register. She believed that it helped to draw money in and keep it there. You can almost certainly find a logical place for your Citrine to attract the money you need into your life.
Citrine is not just one of the best crystals for money, though. Any kind of tangible wealth and abundance corresponds with the beautiful colours of citrine. It also resonates with the Solar Plexus chakra, the area of your own energy where powerful transformation occurs. Use Citrine for as many things as you can and see what rewards it can bring!
Iron Pyrite is known as “fool’s gold,” but not on the way that many think it is. It may not seem logical to see the word “fool” in the nickname of a crystal and think it’s positive. How can this stone, which alludes to deceit, be one of the best crystals to attract money? One of the magical properties of this stone is that it helps the bearer not to be fooled by things and people that are disingenuous.
Iron Pyrite protects you from scams and helps you recognize scammers. When you’re not conned out of money, you get to keep more of it for yourself. You can bring this to a meeting where you are entering into contracts that may impact your finances, or during meetings where you are making important decisions.
Like citrine, Jade is known as one of the crystals for attracting luck and success, not necessarily just money. It was valued in ancient China for these reasons, plus its beautiful colour. Jade is another stone that you can drop in your loose change dish or keep with your financial papers for an added boost of positive energy. Wherever you think you need a boost in your life, drop some Jade and know you’re in good hands.
This stone works with your Heart chakra, to help you keep your desire for wealth in balance with your own emotional desires. It will balance your ambition with your compassion and promote an understanding of those in your life.
Quartz is not only one of the best crystals for money, but it can be quite helpful for nearly any purpose in life. Whatever you want to happen, incorporate some quartz, and you’ll be giving yourself a boost of positive energy. Get a piece of clear quartz—one that has a single termination. If you find one that has golden rutiles in it (these stones are sometimes called ‘Venus hair stones’ because the rutiles look like golden hair trapped in the crystal), then that’s even better.
You should place it on top of a piece of paper money folded up and put in a safe place. Keeping this with the rest of your important papers will do nicely. You might even want to place the folded bill and the stone in a dish where the sun’s light can bathe them with positive energy.
Many astrology and crystal references won’t list Sodalite as one of the best crystals to attract money, but we like it for a different purpose. Sodalite is cleansing, and it will help to rid you of what stands in your way of abundance and fulfillment. It’s called ‘the poet’s stone, and it will cut through any deceit to find the truth.
The stone is also an ally for excellent communication, and it’s a Throat chakra stone. Being able to voice your needs and then look for the true path to finding them is one of the most effective paths to prosperity. This can help you at work and with the people, you need to help you climb the career ladder. Carry it with you to help you see what’s happening clearly, and you’ll move in a more direct path towards your goals.
Inject positivity and happiness in your life with some Sunstone, as it’s full of the colours of sunlight. Our feelings and attitudes play a big role in our results in life, and that’s certainly the case with regard to our finances. Don’t confuse it with goldstone, though, which is composed of oxidized copper. Sunstone is all-natural and is a great stone for injecting positive energy into your wealth. It aligns with your Sacral chakra and helps you to rid yourself of the fears that you won’t have enough.
The fear of poverty or inferiority, the feeling of lacking, that you never have enough, will harm your efforts towards true abundance in your life. If you don’t banish them it can hurt you, and that makes Sunstone a very powerful ally with keeping these thoughts at bay. Sunstone may not directly influence the flow of money and abundance, however, if it
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