A group that works with young people has said it has seen a rise in those looking for help to deal with anxiety and loneliness since restrictions were put in place to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Website Spunout.ie has seen an increase of 60% in the number of people looking for advice since the crisis began.
It comes as couples and single people have been finding new and innovative ways to connect with each other while being apart.
The CEO of Spunout.ie Ian Power said that while they had always noticed a significant number of young people getting in touch with them about isolation, now it was completely different.
He said that it was particularly difficult for younger people, as they are unlikely to be living with their partners or boyfriends and girlfriends. He said this could be a real challenge.
Mr. Power said that people all know why we are doing physical distancing and with some relaxing of restrictions, under Phase One, people will be able to see that person that they really care about.
But he said that while the easing of restrictions to allow people to meet up will be really important , he said that people will still need to keep their distance.
Under the new restrictions, the message is for people to stay at home, but people are allowed to meet family and friends outdoors in groups of no more than four, so long as a distance of two metres between each person is maintained.
But he said that while the easing of restrictions to allow people to meet up will be really important, he said that people will still need to keep their distance.
Mr Power said that expressing feelings is really important to people's identities and it is important to express it in some way.
But he said that simple things such as touch, which lots of people would be used to, is something that many people cannot do right now. He said that people have to adapt in a safe way in this new reality.
Mr Power said the key thing to remember is to do all the healthy things that people normally do in romantic or sexual relationships, including communicating, understanding what each partner is comfortable with and ensuring that consent is there.
Looking for Love in Lockdown
Mr. Power said the key thing to remember is to do all the healthy things that people normally do in romantic or sexual relationships, including communicating, understanding what each partner is comfortable with, and ensuring that consent is there.e.
Thomas Crosse from Dublin was concerned about how he would meet people, with clubs restaurants and pubs closed. But he has now managed to find a way to work around it.
The 32-year-old said he decided to download Tinder and after a couple of conversations with people there he asks them if they would like to chat on Zoom.
He has now taken to having full dates online suggests picking somewhere in the house and pretending as if it is a normal date. The only difference being that it is through your laptop.
Mr Crosse said he knows it might sound strange, but he has had six or seven proper dates out of it.
Mr. Crosse said he knows it might sound strange, but he has had six or seven proper dates out of it.d in the 1920s and 30s.
Mr Crosse said the current scene is people just chatting over and back. You cannot touch them, kiss them or hug them. Instead, he says he is taking this time to get to know people better.
He said he thinks dating as a whole has changed forever because of coronavirus and that a lot of people will have a lot of tough decisions to make regarding actually chatting to someone in person.
One dating coach has said some couples and single people that she sees are finding things very tough.
Relationship coach Annie Lavin said they are feeling anxiety, loneliness and really feeling that they are not in control of their lives at the moment.
But she said that people should seek help and support. She advises that now might be a good time to reflect on their own relationship with themselves.
He feels like the current pandemic has made people revert back to old school dating as people did in the 1920s and 30s.tead, he says he is taking this time to get to know people better..
Ms. Lavin said that people need to trust that this will end eventually.
She said, practically speaking, a really good place to start for couples is to try to become more emotionally connected with their partners and develop more emotional intimacy.
Written by Helen Donohue