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  • Writer's pictureJessie Ladipo

Better Together Even Through a Pandemic

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We are entering week seven of social distancing, yikes. If you watch the news, you know that many people are not happy with the situation. The infection rate, the death toll, and divorce rates continue climbing. It doesn't look like this will be over anytime soon. You can get through this; we can get through this. Sometimes you must surrender to the inevitable, and COVID-19 is unavoidable. But you don't have to give in to despair, know what you can change and what you can't. You are in control of your response to the situation. Mindfully approach social distancing, and you will be happier. I am revealing more fun, inexpensive dates that can help you come out of this better together even through a pandemic.

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Play strip Jenga, strip Monopoly, strip poker, strip chess. See where I am going with this? Add some sexy to your game nights, and you will be much closer as a couple. Create a vision board. Now is a great time to evaluate your life and plan where you want to be in the future. If you can see it, you can achieve it. So figure out what you want as individuals and as a couple.

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Start a TikTok dance craze. Or post some excellent videos. Knowing that will come back to haunt you later. Start a blog or a YouTube channel. Now is the perfect time to share your knowledge and brilliance with the world! You have a captive and bored audience, so go crazy.

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Visualize. Did you know that visualizing or planning travel activates the same areas of your brain as being on vacation? The mental act of imagining a vacation can do wonders for your emotional wellbeing. Where are you going to go? Price doesn't matter with visualization. You can go anywhere in your mind.

Try something new. I have been trying to get better at graphic design by taking classes offered on Canva. As you can see from one of my first endeavors, it's going to take a while! It's a work in progress Pick something totally out of your wheelhouse, that will make the classes more interesting.

Watch as many reality shows with pretty people who can't find love as possible. The scenery is reason enough to do it, but you will also get great date ideas you can do at home. You will know it's time to stop when you find yourself thinking, "I really think those 2 have a chance of making this work when they leave the island."

Spend time reliving past vacations while you put together scrapbooks. Don't leave your precious memories on your phone or computer. Print them out! This picture was from our Disney Cruise Line when the boys were still little and cute. Now they are big, distant and smelly, but I can go back to a time when I was their whole world.

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Live out your "The Bachelor" fantasy. Right now, musicians from all different genres are offering free unplugged concert streams. Find someone you love and pretend that the whole concert is just for the two of you. Save the planet and have fun doing it by sharing your showers. Think of all the money you will save on your water bill, and you will have someone that can get all your hard to reach spots. I can't reiterate this enough; social distancing is hard. Finding joy in the little things in life can go a long way toward making this all better. You can't control the situation, but you can manage your reaction to it. Screaming and getting angry at people in charge might make you feel better in the short term, but it will do nothing to help longterm. You can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this blog series for more ideas.

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