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As many around the world are celebrating love, many millennials have had a hard time coping with a year of physical and social isolation. This isolation has not only taken a toll on individuals but also existing couples. With the pandemic forcing everyone to stay in closed corners, many were left to reconsider an already existing relationship, bringing changes or breakups. In 2020, 2.71 million Canadians filed for divorce.

Because of the pandemic, couples have had to live under a new type of pressure, with a new set of challenges. For a lot of millennials, stability worries and uncertainty have been at an all-time high. With close to 300 000 jobs lost in Quebec over 2020 (mainly affecting the younger population), stress relating to employment and economic stability as well as the lack of privacy and space could have driven couples apart.

According to a November study by the Vanier Institute of the Family, this time has had many positive and negative impacts on couples. The physical closeness and extra time together had different impacts on couples, depending on their circumstances and how strong they were before the lockdown. Furthermore, Couples with more space and resources were able to create a healthy work from home routine, while couples with less space, might have been more stressed about these logistics.

With no real end in sight, the last year has been a trying time for individuals, with those hardships often bleeding over to their various relationships.

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