How to break up with someone during lockdown

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do

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South Africa – as well as some other parts of the globe – is currently under lockdown to try and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This has already had a massive impact on businesses and economies the world over, but living in quarantine is starting to see another issue arise: relationship problems. Uh oh! Here’s how to break up with your partner during the lockdown.

While single people have taken to dating online, and plenty of coupled-up peeps are enjoying being in each others’ faces alllllll the time, others are struggling.

So, you feel that your relationship is done and dusted, but you can’t take them out to a public-but-neutral location to drop the bomb because that would be 100% illegal RN. What can you do? You could wait until the crisis has abated (the preferred option, tbh. These are stressful-enough times as it is!) and continue to give them the stank eye from across the room…

… or you could be proactive, even if it’s just for your own sanity. Here’s how to break up with someone in the time of coronavirus. Be nice!

If you are apart during the lockdown

You can’t be face-to-face at the moment, so a video call is the most considerate way to do the unpleasant deed. Get your camera set up, get as comfortable as possible, and be prepared to answer any questions they might have. If your partner didn’t see this coming (or even if they did) they might want to hash it out. And since you can’t be there in person, this is the next best thing. Uncomfortable? Yes. Courteous and compassionate? Yes, yes.

If you are ‘quarantining’ together

Yikes! This scenario is more complicated because unless you are cool with living with an ex for a few more weeks it’s going to require some moving around. Which, as we know, is not allowed.

In this instance, you can at least have a proper talk and get down to the nitty-gritty about why your relationship has failed. If you have an immediate family member nearby, you might want to make a plan to spend the rest of your lockdown there. Or you can both be mature about it and wait until the lockdown is lifted. Deep breaths, the end is in sight!

Scared of your partner and need to get to a place of refuge? See your options here or contact the Gender-Based Violence Command Centre via their website or the contact number 0800 150 150.

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