On Relationships and Sexuality Amid the Pandemic
By now, living through a pandemic is not a novelty. It's a daily process in figuring out how to literally do life, and if you're living with a partner it can sometimes mean double the work. Hart lives with her partner, EB, in New York. "I feel like the pandemic has greatly impacted my sexual relationship with my partner," she told POPSUGAR. "I think whenever someone is grieving or life just feels unstable or incredibly stressful, having sex or even being intimate stops being a priority. In the midst of a pandemic, we are in a time and space where we are collectively grieving. No one has been exempt from some element of their life being flipped upside down, so it's been hard to be in my body let alone engage in sex in a way that feels good and intentional rather than falling to pressure to do so because I am in a relationship."
And Hart is not alone. Many people have had unlimited access to their live-in partners this year, which has taken a lot of the spontaneity and fun out of intimacy. This, partnered with the many stresses of this past year that Hart touched on, has bumped sex way down on people's priority lists. So if you also haven't been in the mood, don't stress yourself out over it. There's a reason for it, and as long as you and your partner openly communicate about how you're feeling, that's all you can ask for.