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  • Writer's pictureJessie Ladipo

Social Distancing Doesn't Have to be Boring

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The end of the world might be here. As proof, I have found myself watching "Sportcenter" on ESPN with my husband. If you didn't know, all they do now is argue over who would win if teams could play each other. Yes, it is as silly as it sounds. Watching the news has become my window to the outside world. And one story I saw today broke my heart! Two industries are booming during these odd times we live in 1. Divorce Attorneys, and 2. Marriage Counselors. An attorney in New York said that he is getting calls at all hours of the night to see if it is possible to divorce during the lockdown! To quote him, "People say that they love their spouse, but all this forced time together has shown them that they don't like their spouse." It is possible to live with the people you love and not want to kill each other. My husband and I are closer than we have been in years. It takes a little effort and a lot of imagination. To help you all, I am revealing my fifth blog on nurturing your love life during social distancing. Social distancing doesn't have to bore you silly.

Write little love notes for your sweetie and leave them around the house for them to find. They don't have to be pages and pages; they are fun surprises to let them know that you love them, even if you don't say it all the time.

Unplug and spend an hour together with NO screen time! It would be a great time to have a special dinner. Challenge your lover to your play a board game, or maybe have an actual conversation. Spend time together without interruption. Your cell phone will still be there, I promise.

Learn a new language. Now would be the perfect time to use Rosetta Stone or Babble to study French, Italian, German, etc. Then when you can travel (after all this is over), you will be able to speak with the locals in their native language. Do a photoshoot. Get dressed up and make sure that you feel great yourself. If you want something a little sexier, plan a boudoir shoot with Michelle Franzetti from Franzetti Boudoir Photography. The pictures would make an excellent gift for your partner for the Holidays!

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Speaking of photography now would be the perfect time to practice rain photography. Photographing the rain is a difficult skill to master. Take your time and get it right. Send your sweetheart romantic texts throughout the day. It doesn't matter if they are in the same room. My husband sends me an adorable animal memes all the time.

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Go on a (virtual) safari. Cincinnati Zoo is offering virtual safaris every day at 3 pm EST. It's a great way to get prepared for this time next year when you will be playing with the elephants in South Africa.

Get active! Even if you can't get outside, there are all kinds of channels with tons of workouts that you can do from your house. I use Beach Body. They have an exercise program for you regardless of what you like to do.

Do something beautiful for the people who need it most. Yes, self-care is essential, but you will feel better about yourself helping others. My boys and I baked cookies and wrote cards. They are working their butts off to keep us safe. Show them that you appreciate their sacrifice. Netflix and chat. There are guilty pleasures that should be watched alone, but some are more fun with a crowd! Netflix Party is Google Chrome extension lets groups simultaneously stream movies and shows. A group leader controls the pause and play, while everyone is free to comment in a chatbox. You can stay connected and in love during social distancing. If I can manage to do it with both a ten and thirteen-year-old underfoot all the time, you can do it too. If you would like to read my previous blogs about surviving social distancing, you can do so here Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

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