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Taking a long-term perspective can create a sense of hope and purpose and facilitate growth

With the stresses of the day, COVID, elections, uncertainty… it is impossible for couples to avoid stress in their lives.

Suggesting couples take a long-term perspective, where they can see above and beyond their day-to-day activities is vital. By being intentional and making an effort to start with a clear understanding of the destination and where the couple is going, they can create a sense of hope and purpose and facilitate growth.

Through careful planning and constant assessment and re-evaluation of plans, couples get a better sense of where they are going, and can plan where they are heading and can take time to see the bigger picture. This leads to a clear understanding of goals, dreams and their vision as a couple.

Just as the stagnant pond breeds disease, the flowing stream is always fresh and cool. Taking a long-term perspective, determining a plan and assessing/reassessing the plan regularly brings a sense of hope and purpose.

Shane Smith
Director PREPARE-ENRICH, Relationship Educator and MediatorPresident, Marriage and Relationship Educators Association of Australia

Read on for various resources to assist you at this time. Finally, please let us know how you are going in these challenging times. 

For more information on the virus and the steps that can be taken to minimise its impact, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Marriage and Relationship Education is a learning opportunity, much like you would do in any other important life event. Check out the video for couples on YouTube:

Tune in next week for more discussion about relationships and mental health. 

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