WATCH: Keeping your relationship intact during the lockdown

The 21-day nationwide lockdown means you will be spending more time with those close to you but could it be a little too close for comfort. China's X'ian city, where there's been a partial lockdown, has seen a spike in divorces. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The 21-day nationwide lockdown means you will be spending more time with those close to you.

However, the lockdown could it be a little too close for comfort for many families across the country.

China's X'ian city, where there has been a partial lockdown, has seen a spike in divorces.

Relationship expert Paula Quinsee said spending a lot of time together can be strenuous for most marriages.

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"When we spend a lot of time together, the differences, the frustrations, and irritations start cropping up. Basically that cabin-fever, when couples go to work, it gives them time apart, some distance.

"So when we are locked in together then those little irritations, differences and frustrations can definitely cause a lot of frustrations in relationships," said Quinsee.

She said communication is key for couples in order to maintain a strong bond during this difficult time.

"I think couples should already have those conversations, in that there is going to be conflict. We are going to get on each other's nerves and irritate each other so expect, discuss it and put some steps in place to manage it best.

Routine is very important if we try and stick to the same routine every day, it gives us a sense of normality and that we have control over our lives", she added.

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