Staying at home with your significant other is tough, especially when you’re not used to being around your partner every hour of the day. We’re all used to our routines, which are now broken due to the coronavirus. Here at SelfCollect, we’d like to explore how to keep you and your partner safe during this pandemic by offering alternative date ideas and tips on how to stay safe during this time.
Alternative Date Ideas While Stuck At Home
If you’re with your partner while stuck at home, you don’t need to go to a restaurant, a hike, or to the beach to keep the romance alive. Try these alternative date ideas instead!
Make Dinner Together
Cooking together is a fun experience that can bring you and your partner closer. It gives you both a chance to work on your communication skills and working together while doing something fun! You can also make a date out of it. While the dinner is cooking, get dressed up, light some candles, and set the mood for a nice night at home.
If you’re not an experienced cook, that’s okay! You don’t need to plan a fancy meal; in fact, it’s better to keep it simple and fun. We don’t recommend making macaroni and cheese from a box either. Try to pick a meal you both like that gives you both a task to do, together. We advise trying something like primavera stuffed chicken. It’s an easy dish with a couple of moving parts: perfect for two chefs to handle!
Play Games Together
Put away your phones and just spend time together during your own game night. Bust out your favorite board games, card games, or video games, and have fun! A few classics that we recommend are Uno, Yahtzee, Jenga, or a puzzle.
If you’re into video games, you can either introduce your significant other to your favorite game or sit down with something you both enjoy.
Spend Time Outside Together
If you’re able, get dressed up and spend some quality time outside together. Take some nice pictures together and treat it just like you would with any romantic outdoor outing. We recommend laying out a blanket and stargazing together.
If you want to put in extra effort to really wow your significant other, try lighting some candles, playing music, and dancing together in the backyard.
Separated During Quarantine?
If you and your partner are separated during quarantine, don’t risk your health and safety to see them. Instead spending time together, online!
Then, it’s as simple as logging into Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, or whatever you prefer and sharing your screen with your partner! You both can chat during the show (either through voice communication or text chatting) and spend meaningful time together without being in the same house.
The best thing about video chatting services is most of them are free, reliable, and allow you to talk with your significant other no matter where they are. If you don’t have access to a computer, most are available through your phone as well.
At the end of the day, it’s all about spending purposeful time together and not isolating yourself from your significant other during stressful times.
Stay Safe During Quarantine
Whether you’re in the same home as your partner or not, staying safe and protecting your sexual health is more important than ever. If you’re concerned about your sexual health, you can use SelfCollect’s at home STD tests instead of waiting for the next available doctor’s appointment.
On top of STD testing,using protection is more important than ever to prevent unexpected pregnancies.
The most common mentality is that many couples aren’t inclined to try for babies during times of uncertainty. The Institute for Family Studies reported that pandemics actually reduce the number of births that occur nine months later. According to the study, if 10% of the population of America is infected, the country would experience a 0.5% decrease in births, which has virtually no impact on fertility.
However, some doctors believe the coronavirus may lead to a small increase in births due to quarantine. Richard Evans, the associate director in the graduate computational social science program at the University of Chicago in an op-ed column in The Washington Post, believes there could be a 2% increase, meaning roughly 6,000 extra births per month this winter.
We won’t know the impact until after the shutdown is over, but you can control what happens in your life. Be sure to protect yourself and your partner! If you’d like to learn more about how to stay safe, check out our blogs and our resource page.