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  • Writer's pictureJessie Ladipo

Adventures in Social Distancing

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Week 6 of Social Distancing, and I'm starting to forget the before times. 2020 is the most extended year; every day seems like a month! Shouldn't it already be Halloween? I know many people are itching to get out, but we have to stay healthy and stay home. I understand it's hard; as I write this, Duncan is practicing his trombone. If I can sit through this and maintain a positive attitude, you will survive. Your relationship can thrive during social distancing, but you do need to make sure that you are nurturing your love. To help you do that, I am sharing my adventures in social distancing to keep you in love.

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Relax on PURPOSE! Yes, you can lay on the couch all day and read a book, but if you are more intentional (perhaps make yourself a little teepee) with your relaxing, you get to enjoy it! You won't have a million things pulling your focus.

Start journaling. It will help you work through your feelings and allows you to have a record of this time in history. You don't have to write; video diaries will work too!

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Surprise your partner with breakfast in bed. Start the day off on the right foot, and show your sweetie what they mean to you.

Recreate your first date at home. My husband and I went bowling on our first date, so we recreated that in our Hall with paper towels and rubber balls. The best part is that the walls acted like bumpers, so my score was excellent.

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Invent your signature drink using only the ingredients you have in the house. We did this with Voodoo Ranger, rum and strawberry daiquiri mix. I can't remember how it tasted. Honestly, I can't remember much about that day.

Couples spa day. Facials, mani/pedis, massages, etc. do whatever says spa to you. When you spend time pampering each other, you can appreciate all the beautiful things about your partner that you don't notice all the time.

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Create your couple's bucket list together. Now is the time to plan for the future. Since we are speaking of bucket list Destinations, where was this picture taken? The answer may surprise you!

Take a drive through your beautiful home state. A long journey will be a lovely way to spend a day and get out of the house for a bit, and a drive offers a remarkable chance to practice your photography skills.

Fill a truck bed with pillows and spend the night stargazing. Break out the cocoa and s'mores to complete the perfect romantic evening at home.

Set up a beer and wine tasting in your home. Is it weird that so many of my tips involve alcohol? I haven't even gotten to my drinking games. For instance, I invented a drinking game for "Lego Masters" on Fox. I drink whenever anyone says "Lego." It's an excellent show, and it inspired a great game if I do say so myself.

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Try meditation. I have had some extreme overreactions lately. I had to take a step back to see what was bothering me. After meditating, I realized that I was worrying about money. So I need to deal with my fears. I started meditating in the morning and at night, and my mood has dramatically improved. There are lots of apps that will help you get started with meditation. I recommend the apps Calm, Head Space, or Serenity.

For as long as we have to continue social distancing, I plan to continue giving you ways to stay connected with your sweetheart. It can be so easy to let this time alone drive you apart, but I will do my best to give you fun, easy and inexpensive things you can do that will bring you closer together.

You can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of my social distancing blogs for more ideas.

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