It’s hard to believe that Covid has been around for only a year. So much has changed in the last 12 months, some of which is pretty normal now: masks, staying home more, and online…everything. Creative dates have been a bit of a challenge with minimal seating at our favorite eateries and theaters. So how do you romance your partner in the middle of a pandemic?
Blessing in Disguise
If there’s one thing this pandemic has shown us, it’s that ingenuity is the new normal. What an opportunity to switch things up! Especially now because maybe there’s been quite a bit of *togetherness* in recent months. It’s difficult to keep a good routine going when the rules are constantly shifting, so rather than resist…embrace the change!
Whether it’s been a few months or a lot of years, relationships ebb and flow anyway. Varying circumstances allow us to see where we might need to make some adjustments, but also where we can add some sparks. Remember the newness of when you first met your partner…close your eyes and recall the butterflies and zinger feelings of anticipation. Zero in on that first kiss…WOW!
Restaurants and movies are so pre-covid. It’s time to liven things up and make some new memories! Here are some ideas we researched that might be the ticket!
- Breakfast, not dinner may be just the change you need. At Valentine’s in particular, restaurants (even at a limited capacity and with outdoor seating) also have limited menu options because they plan to be busy. At breakfast, you’re both fresh, seating will be better (and possibly indoors), and you will have the rest of the day together <eyebrows flicking>.
- Day Dates are a great way to reconnect! Maybe the kids are in school and you have the house/car to yourselves. #1 Rule…no “errands” or “grocery shopping” is allowed! Get takeout from a favorite place and go for a hike!
- Rent a Luxury Car for the day. Drive around the area or explore another town nearby! Talk, pull over, and admire the scenery, be in the moment.
- Home is Where the Heart is. Maybe some of these are out of your price range after last year’s economy roller-coaster. A creative date doesn’t have to be costly. Arrange for a sitter if you have kids, or maybe work out a trade with another couple with kids. Light candles and put on some music and just dance with each other.
Maybe you need to check in with friends and think a group activity would be a nice switch. Again innovation wins the day! Creative dates can include friends! Some interesting things we found to also help small businesses!
- Online Cooking Classes! Many local restaurants have been dealt a near-deadly blow to their businesses by the pandemic. Chefs have started online cooking classes on some of their favorite menu items for you to make at home. In some cases, a kit is prepared for pickup (for a fee) and then prepared in your home during a designated class time. A great way to connect with new friends meet local chefs, and maybe try a new place!
- Virtual AirBnB® has cooking classes and more. Travel the world from your living room!
- Zoom Newlywed Game could be full of laughs with your favorite friends!
Reconnecting with your partner is super important during these trying times. While routine can get us through the day, it can be a buzz-kill for relationships. We can help set the mood with a house cleaning appointment! Covid doesn’t have to compound anything more than it already has. Get your love on!