New research shows that the relationship difficulties uncovered or even created by Covid-19 far exceed mere strain on couples. The pandemic’s perfect storm of prolonged stress, uncertainty and increased family responsibilities has driven many couples to reevaluate their relationships entirely and rethink how they want to live the rest of their lives.
It is undeniable that this pandemic has affected each one of us, so suffice it to say that all Americans have experienced grief and loss this past year. Why then are companies not talking about its impact on their employees and offering more support?
It is often said that the only real winner in a divorce is the lawyer because of the ballooning legal fees in litigated divorces. There are multiple options to choose from when proceeding with a divorce, yet most couples believe they must head straight to court.
The first holiday amid a divorce is always difficult; we often romanticize past experiences, creating a revisionist history during times of crisis or change. This year, try to recognize when you are doing that and instead pivot your thinking into living in the present.
Covid-19 has eradicated the work-life boundary in terms of our physical working location and we must now do the same for our emotional well-being boundaries. Employers must let their people know that they want to help during the hardest times, not just because they are empathetic, but because they have a corporate responsibility to be aware of the risk within their business and to employees.
When a person experiences prolonged stress (work pressures or challenges at home), the prefrontal cortex of the brain becomes inhibited resulting in symptoms such as decreased cognitive function, inability to make decisions, poor information retention and memory, which in a work context accumulates to Billions of dollars of corporate risk.
The main thing that is unique about life crises is that it’s something that you have not been through before, so say you’re getting a divorce, you’ve probably not been through a divorce before so in order to try to tackle that process by yourself it’s going to be much more time consuming every step of the way rather than bringing in somebody like Apiary to help you.