P.A.C.E Your Couple Relationship To Make It Through COVID-19

A marathoner will pace themselves to make it through the arduous miles of a race.  In many ways healthy social distancing and quarantine during COVID-19 can feel like trying to run a marathon.  This is long, hard, and some of you might be wondering if you can make it through this with your sanity and couple relationship intact.  

P.A.C.E your couple relationship with these four relationship qualities and you will cross the finish line

  • Playfulness
  • Acceptance
  • Curiosity
  • Empathy

COVID-19 is a stressful time but to the best of your ability, be Playful with one another, Accept this is difficult for both you and your partner although no doubt in different ways, be Curious about how you each are doing during this historic time, and then with Empathy move towards your partner.


Stephen WB Mitchell has his Ph.D in Medical Family Therapy and works as a professor, writer, speaker, storyteller, and a web-based relationship coach.  He and his partner Erin Mitchell, MACP see couples together in their web-based practice.  They have an online course for couples Create Your Couple Story.  They speak and write together on issues of marriage, family, death, life, miscarriage, and the general importance of stories to help us make sense of our lives.  You can follow their journey on Instagram @createyourcouplestory and at their YouTube channel Couples Therapy Bites with the Mitchells.  Their mission is to guide couples and families into deeper connection and healing through story telling.