Relationships across the country are being put to the test right now by the coronavirus pandemic. Due to stay-at-home orders, most of us are now cooped up 24/7 for weeks on end with our significant others, which can put a strain on any relationship, old or new. But your relationship is your rock, and especially now, it's more important than ever to be there for your partner and show your love, support and appreciation. You need a social distancing date night.
Date nights are typically one of the best times to check-out from our busy lives and check-in with your relationship and partner, and just because we can't leave the house right now, doesn't mean that you can't still hold date nights or make it a special occasion.
With everything going on, it's even a good idea to get creative and try something different to keep things interesting and exciting and distract us from our daily worries. Here are five unique ways to spruce up your social distancing date night.
After days of casual, around-the-house clothes, taking the time and energy to look your best for a fancy at-home date night will help you feel better and will make it feel like an occasion worth getting excited about — even if the dinner reservation is for the same old table you use every night.
Really glam it up: Dress up in your fanciest outfit, give yourself a beautiful new hairstyle and even go all out with some matching jewelry and shoes. And don't stop there. Order some good take-out, light some candles, set the table, put on some mood-appropriate music, dim the lights and settle in for a nice, fancy evening at home.
Maybe even go dancing in the living room after or have a nightcap by the window. There are tons of ways to “class up" an evening at home and turn it into a truly romantic occasion.
We're all spending way too much time in front of screens these days. Whether it's working from home on your computer, watching TV to unwind at the end of the day or just scrolling through your phone to keep up with the news, that's a lot of blue light to be taking in, which results in eye fatigue and can even mess with your sleep schedule. So, give yourself and your partner the gift of a night of total disconnection — no screens, no exceptions.
Put away the phones and laptops, turn off the TV and spend the night doing something fun without any digital distractions. Enjoy dinner together, read books, play a board game or card game together, do some painting or work on a puzzle. There are countless ways to spend quality time together on date night with no screens required.
Always wanted to learn how to make sushi? Want to try your hands at home-made pizza margarita? Set aside time one night to make an entirely new meal together and bond over that shared experience!
Trying a new recipe that neither of you has made before will give you a chance to learn and try something new as a couple, as well as provide a break from normal cooking and meal preparation routines.
If you have kids to contend with, meal prep kits are easy ways to try new dishes with ease. Then, you can get to enjoy it together afterward.
Between complaining about whose turn it was to do dishes and feeling like you never have any personal time or space anymore, it can be hard to keep the magic alive right now. But it's more important than ever to let your partner know how much you love and appreciate them. So, bring that spark back by revisiting your original love story and recreate your first date.
To the best of your ability, relive the first time you and your partner went out. If you went to dinner and a movie, order-in the same meal, watch the same movie and try to remember the conversations you had. If it were a coffee date, make yourselves some coffee, sit at the table and have a nice, long chat. Reliving memories from the early days of your relationship will rejuvenate your connection during this trying time.
Even when life is at its most difficult, it's important to remind ourselves to laugh and have fun. And what better way to do that than by going back to one of the joys of childhood? Make a fort in the living room!
Using pillows, cushions and blankets, erect your own glamping hideaway in your home, where you can escape from reality for a little bit and just have a good time. Inside your fort, the sky's the limit for what you can do. Watch a movie, play games or just talk. You can even bring blow-up mattresses and sleeping bags and have a sleepover. Let go of the responsibilities of adulthood for a night and remind yourselves of fun, simple joys.
By shaking up your typical date night with fun and unique ideas, you'll break up the monotony of our current stay-at-home lifestyle, which will help your relationship feel reinvigorated and exciting and will help you both feel more connected and supported with everything going on.