We are living through very challenging times economically, politically and socially, which means our risk of cumulative stress is at an all-time high. Mood disorders like anxiety and depression are on the increase, along with related symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, hyper-tension and irritable bowel syndrome.
It’s quite common and normal for couples to find that their sex lives are impacted by the environmental pressure around us. This is why being in a supportive and collaborative relationship is critical so that we can weather the storms together. It’s important to be able to relate to one another at a body, mind and spirit level, each one of which can satisfy our need for intimacy and connection.
So when our partners are not available physically due to illness, we should still experience intimacy at a mind/emotion and spirit level. This would come through in our capacity to understand and still reach out to meet our partner’s current needs through love and care, knowing that it’s a passing phase and that sexual intimacy will return when the time is right.
Support could involve looking after the children for a few hours, cooking a meal, giving your partner the opportunity to rest, arranging a spa day or just making them a cup of tea.