Covid 19 has become a huge devastation to the health, economy, and livelihood of millions all around the world. Quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of even talking about it, but it is the sad reality of changes we’ve had to adjust to. Stay-at-home orders, wearing masks when we make errands, and avoiding big crowds, friends, and even family. It’s an interesting world we now live in where NOT seeing your loved ones is now considered “respectful” and “safe”. Believe me, we’re ALL itching for some “normalcy”.
For those of us who are fortunate to have your significant other (under what I hope is a health-conscious environment), I guess it’s safe to say for some that things aren’t as they normally would be in your relationship at the moment. Especially if you and your partner love to spend quality time by being out and about with each other. Some couples connect better when they do physical activities such as: hiking, biking, swimming, etc. Others love a sexy night out having dinner, grabbing a drink, and going to a party to let loose and enjoy each other more freely. But just because all of that has come to a halt doesn’t mean your relationship has to! There are some great ways to keep the romance burning while staying safe.
It’s very important to keep the spark alive, and if “social distancing” is the one of the main ways you and your partner can do dates for the time being, then why not make it an enjoyable one?! For the couples who are a not a 100% comfortable going “back to normal”, but still want some additional ways to connect and find intimacy within your relationship, these are some simple and great ideas to do just that.
I’m a firm believer that a good picnic at home in the backyard, a far-away park, or even your living room floor depending on your living circumstances is a great way to bring the sexy back! If you and your significant other have the fortune of having an outdoor space, surprise your person with a romantic picnic right at home! Lay out a beautiful blanket, some pillows, open up a bottle of their favorite vino, and catch up on an a more emotional level.
If you two are seeking for a little bit more adventure, try renting a romantic little boat ride for two, or maybe getting involved with some water activities at your local beach or lake. Being by water can do wonders for your mental/physical health, and doing so while properly socially distancing is a total plus!
Another great date idea is to arrange a movie night…and no, for once I don’t mean Netflix. Lets kick it back old-school and go to the drive-in! A wonderful way to socially-distance, and feel like you’re having a true blast-from-the-past experience. If your love is into the cinematic arts, maybe even buy tickets for a black and white classic for him/her to truly submerge in the moment! If a drive-in isn’t possible, I would suggest buying a mini portable projector and blasting the film right on the walls of your home.
For my couples who love trying new places for food as much as me and my boyfriend do, not going out was a total bummer. We both work extremely long hours and having the time to unwind, get dressed, and go out was an easy escape for us. Now that going out to restaurants isn’t always the best solution, opt for an experience learning something together. Have a pizza party and make the dough from scratch. Throw some Italian music on and sip something delicious while you toss and twirl like the pros! Or you can watch it go splat on your face…but that’s okay too! The memories are forever.
If you want to add a little sex appeal, maybe you both order something the other person doesn’t know, and you can play a fun mystery game of figure it out! Blind fold each other and taste-test what the other person is feeding you…& it’s totally okay to get a little dirty! You might miss the mouth, but you can always clean it up later…(however you like!). A little mess never hurt nobody.
Game nights are also super fun! Try something physical like Wii or Twister for those who enjoy something with a bit more activity, and get a good workout while doing so. If that’s not your vibe, kick back and play some board games or shuffle a deck but make sure to bring the competition with you.
Take a long walk, go for a drive with the top down. The point is, during times like this, when all in the world seems like we can’t do much anymore or enjoy the way we once did so freely. But if you’re fortunate enough to have healthy and safe loved ones (or even a really good friend or roommate), there is always great ways to have fun. This time has really showed me the value we fail to acknowledge every single day. The little things are now the biggest things. Never take a single day for granted, and remember that having love (with yourself as well) can provide you with more strength and happiness then the objects or activities that fulfill us. Things are temporary, and so is this darker time, as it too, will pass. So have fun in your own way, old or new. Even if it’s totally analogue for some, it’s nice to remember that human connection will always be an “essential need” as well, no matter how we choose to express it.
With Love & All Things Great,