We have reached double digits with my blogs about surviving social distancing as a couple; this is number ten. Honestly, I never dreamed that this would go on for so long. But, I maintain a positive outlook and continue to search for ways that we can get through this unprecedented time in our lives. I don't want you to survive; I want your partnership to be stronger than it was before COVID-19. To that end, I give you date ideas for thriving during the quarantine.
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Have an at-home talent show. Think of all the hidden talents you could discover. For instance, I didn't know that my husband could play the saxophone or spin a soccer ball on his finger.
Epic Video Game War. I did this with my kids and Fortnite. I was awful, I brought down the whole team, and I think I killed several of my team members. But it was a fun way to spend a couple of hours.
Online shopping. I have carts full all over the world wide web—everything from home decor to shoes. I haven't paid for anything, but I am getting a big collection of coupons from stores desperate to sell something. Now is a great time to virtually redecorate your place together!
Give geocaching a try. It is one of our favorite activities to do together; it combines hiking, orienteering, and treasure hunting into one exciting day.
Talk, Flirt, or Dare. Want to get to know your sweetie on a deeper level in a fun way? Try this awesome board game. This super fun couples game perfect includes three decks of cards (Talk, Flirt, or Dare, guess that's where they got the name).
Soar through the skies on a swing. All your problems will melt away on as you try to touch the sky.
Put your relationship on a diet. Everybody needs to eat to survive, but thriving requires a healthy balance of the five major food groups. Relationships also need a healthy balance; instead of food, they need these strong values: intimacy, respect, dedication, trust, and kindness. Your romantic bond will thrive when you nurture it with these values, so take time every day to make these a priority. Regularly check-in with each other and keep the lines of communication open.
Share the books you love with the person you love the most. My husband and I each gave each other our favorite books to read. Please note: this can go wrong! I gave my hubby the Jane Austen classic, "Pride and Prejudice," and he gave me the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy. It like a billion pages; I will never finish it.
Date Night Subscription Box. Game boxes are the perfect way to spend an evening, (or spend a week if you are as slow as I am at solving mysteries haha) Interactive and always different, boxes take date night from boring to thrilling. My favorite subscription boxes are the Hunt a Killer, Crated with Love, and Escape the Crate.
Play "Iron Chef" at home. It's time for an epic cook-off competition in your kitchen. You can only use the ingredients that you have on hand. The results might not be edible, but you will have fun.
This blog is my tenth designed to help you get through social distancing. Yes, we have to stay away from friends and family during these uncertain times, but the physical distance doesn't mean we can't remain emotionally connected. Need a little more love inspiration? I will be here giving you advice for thriving through this bizarre time as long as you need me, I can't wait until all I have to talk about is travel. You can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9 of this blog series.