By JANE KINGSU CHENG
Let’s face it—we love our husbands/wives, but it can be exhausting to be with them 24/7 during this enhanced community quarantine.
“The virus outbreak is quite a huge concern in every Filipino family. It might bring good or not so good [scenarios] in all kinds of relationships,” says Rudin Gerardo Gonzales, executive director for One Algon Place Foundation, Inc. It’s a mental health facility and treatment rehabilitation accredited by the Department of Health (DOH) that also offers therapy for family and couples.
His wife, certified community mental health worker Cel Casas Gonzales, adds, “To share our life with the one we love is like a binding promise, it means values, beliefs, and needs must be addressed. Embracing these trying times can create risks in our relationships, which is why being ahead of this virus [in every aspect] is the way to prevent more problems in the coming days.”
Married for 16 years with three children, Rudin and Cel have been through a lot and counseled quite a number of couples and families under their foundation.
Here are some tried-and-tested tips to help you get through this challenging time.
We have to understand that men and women operate differently. Wives have the tendency to think in advance, and they want to know things right away. Husbands like to take it easy and absorb things as the day goes by. Each one has different ways to handle panic and stressful situations.