As more stay-at-home orders are issued, and warnings of extended social distancing and isolation, it could become difficult to spend so much one-on-one time with our significant others, that we begin to take them for granted, or worse, become irritated with them in the close quarters. I’ve been giving this a lot of thought and trying to apply some of these suggestions to my own stay-at-home situation.
Taking clues from romance novels, sometimes the most romantic pleasures are the simplest.
Date Night at Home. Date night doesn’t have to mean an expensive dinner at a fancy restaurant. With the days getting longer it can be something as simple as a picnic dinner in the backyard. Grab a blanket, pack a hamper, and head outdoors! Or curl up on the couch for a movie and a bowl of popcorn. Set aside time to spend together without the distractions of devices, social media, and most of all, the news.
Take a walk. If permitted under your location’s stay-at-home order, take a walk around your neighborhood, hand-in-hand. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather, fresh air, and each other’s company.
Take a drive. Put on your favorite tunes and take a drive. If you live in the city, head for the countryside. If you have nice open areas for walking, stop and visit. Experience the natural beauty that your locale offers.
Have breakfast in bed. With most of us working from home now, our morning commute is considerably shorter, providing more time in the morning for each other. Even if it’s only grabbing your yogurt and granola, pile up in bed and savor the quiet of the morning before the day’s obligations take over.
Prepare a meal together. Cooking is a sensual experience. The tastes, the smells, the textures. It is often difficult to find time to do anything other than throw a meal together and put it on the table. With the extra time on our hands, preparing a mindful meal is a good way to connect and enjoy each other’s company. Open a bottle of wine, sample the ingredients, talk about your favorite foods growing up. Maybe even dance around the kitchen if the mood strikes.
Enjoy a candlelit bath (for two). What’s more romantic than taking a bubble bath together? Add some romantic music, maybe a bottle of bubbly . . . you never know where it might lead . . .
These are just a few ideas. I’m sure there are more. But one more thing to remember to do during this difficult time—love each other.
What are you and your significant other doing to stay not just physically connected, but emotionally connected?