How couples can stay sane
Up the praise. “Couples are now suddenly spending an awful lot of time together—like, all the time.” To help pre-empt squabbles, seize opportunities to compliment your partner or offer thanks for small favors, like unloading the dishwasher. A person who feels seen and appreciated will be less stressed.
Be responsive. Because your partner is interacting with few other people, “it’s important to acknowledge any attempt at socialization,” even an offhand comment about running low on eggs. It’s a bid for conversation.
Schedule you time. If you’re spending no moments apart, build some into each day. Plan separate workouts, perhaps, or schedule yourself a standing video chat with a friend.
Pick your battles. Before igniting conflict over a quibble, step back. Let little things go, but talk out any underlying concerns when you’re calmer. And remember that this is a stressful time; “conflict is inevitable.”
Source: Popular Science