Supporting Your Spouse While WORKING from Home
Every morning, I wake up at 7:30am, I get dressed, make my morning coffee, and by 8:30am I am sitting at “my desk” and clocking in to start my work day. Ever since Epilepsy Alliance Florida decided to start working remotely from home, my day to day routine really has not changed. In a time were everything seems so scary and uncertain, having my job is the only thing that has kept me sane. Of course, this is a luxury that most people do not have.
My husband has his own business in event production; most of his revenue stems from weddings, corporate events, and the hospitality business. The minute COVID-19 became a pandemic, people started calling to cancel their upcoming events or postpone to another date. Prior to COVID-19, my husband had every Saturday and Sunday booked through May. With the uncertainty of when the virus will wane, most of his clients have postponed their dates into 2021 to be on the safe side.
This situation has been difficult for both of us. Sometimes I’m working on my laptop and I look over at him and I can tell the gears in his brain are running. The fact that I have something to do on a daily basis keeps me motivated and optimistic that this situation is temporary. For my husband, he has been out of work for almost a month and a half, and of course that puts a lot of stress on how we will be able to pay bills and purchase things we need for this quarantine. He does not have the luxury of keeping himself busy, so it’s tough for him to see me working while he has a lot on his mind. Every day, he tries to figure out what he is going to do in order to find income for his business in an industry that’s come to a halt. According to Forbes, nearly eight million jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector could be affected by this virus.
As a married couple, it’s very important to support each other during this time. While it’s very challenging to relate to what my husband is going through, all I can do is be there for him and try to figure it out together. I know that there are a lot of people going through this situation right now, and I hope that we continue to talk about situations like these. It’s very important not to feel as if you’re the only one going through tough times. At the moment, the only thing we can do is take it day by day and hope for the best.
By: Tess Cardenas