This whole situation—pandemic, America’s racial reckoning, stressful jobs, Underestimate Me That’ll Be Fun Shirt lack of any sort of normal social life—has made us both pretty snippy. We process emotions very differently, and while I shut down, he yells. We have come to accept that these unusual circumstances are naturally going to lead to more fighting. In our case, we are mostly over stuff that doesn’t actually matter. Psychologist and grief expert Dr. Lizzie Cleary notes that no one right now is their best self. “Most people I speak with recognize that the current context is contributing to increased irritability, less patience, and constraints on utilizing regular coping strategies, such as seeking support and connection from friends,” she told me. “Those we live with are often the easiest targets for our frustration, and emotions are amplified when we are under chronic stress.” Our strategy has been to offer each other patience and grace even when we are confident the other person is being completely unreasonable. Everyone is carrying something you can’t see right now, including the people you live with, so give them a little bit of grace.
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