Social distancing matters but it has left us with little choice but to stay indoors as much as possible in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus. Just about every aspect of being stuck indoors during a pandemic with your significant other sounds like something out of a fictional dystopian film.
We bet that if anyone had told you that one day you would find yourself trapped in your humble apartment with your apparent soulmate, in an effort to protect yourself from a deadly global virus, you’d probably have scoffed and laughed. But here we are.
Although governments all over the world are beginning to ease restrictions, it is still recommended that you stay inside as much as you can to limit your chances of picking up the contagion. But really, how many more days of staring at your partner across the kitchen table can you stand?
If you feel at your wit’s end, it is completely understandable. To help you out, here are 5 ways to kill boredom when you’re stuck in quarantine with your significant other:
Learn how to speak a new language
Ok, we know that learning a new language is not one of those things that automatically make it to the top of the list. However, if you and your partner had travel plans and have been forced to cancel them because of Covid-19, then learning a new language is easily the next best thing.
Since you now have more free time in your hands than you’ve had in a while, now is a great time to learn and practice. There are several ways you can go about learning a new language. For instance, you can watch foreign films together with your husband or boyfriend, which will give you plenty of time to snuggle up or you could listen to foreign radio stations or music and see if you can pick up a few words.
There are also plenty of great language apps in the market that you can test. Such apps typically teach languages through the real world and current event topics so that you can learn with ease. Others also teach you new vocabulary while testing your speaking, reading, and listening skills. Neat right?
Read a book
Perhaps you’ve previously tried to join a couple’s book club and it simply didn’t stick. If you did, there is no reason to feel down on yourself. Many a couple have quit book club before; it simply isn’t designed for some people.
But now that you have an excess of time on your hands, reading is an excellent way to pass the time. Reading together may seem like a strange thing to do, but it can actually be quite romantic when you curl up and do it together. Reading together can help you and your partner expand your points of view as well as improve the way you communicate with one another.
It doesn’t matter whether you are newly married, have been at it for a while or are just engaged, there is a book for every type of relationship. If you are looking for a great selection of books to occupy your time, CoolThingsChicago has a comprehensive list of books that you can choose from.
Try an outdoor form of exercise together
We know that you may not have access to those spin bikes that you love so much, but there are plenty of ways to get a workout that doesn’t involve going to the gym. Something as easy as taking a ride around in your neighborhood, in your masks, of course, is a great way to get some fresh air as you exercise.
Also, good old-fashioned walks are a great way to get out of the house and get moving while catching up and bonding with your partner. Fancy doing some cardio workouts outdoors? Simply head on over to the closest playground and try and find ways to work your muscles. Just remember to wash your hands thoroughly with clean water and soap when you are done.
Consider playing an adult game
After you’ve read all the books you can read, consider playing an adult game to shake things up between you and your significant other. There are plenty of two-person adult card games that you can play that can help to keep you sane during these unprecedented times that we live in.
Duo adult games will not only help to pass the time, but they can also lead to a stronger, happier relationship. It’s also a great way to bond as you try something new together. These are all important components of maintaining a healthy relationship. Plus having fun together will do a world of good for your relationship.
Try cooking together
Learning how to cook together can be a great way to strengthen your relationship, as well as allow you to build a new ritual. By learning how to cook a variety of new dishes, you can also easily diversify your diet, which will mean that you are less likely to burn out from eating the same dishes over and over.
Also, since a lot of people are out of work and struggling to make ends meet financially, making your meals at home will allow you to save here and there rather than ordering out. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to make restaurant-quality food at home these days with so many professional chefs posting easy to follow recipes online. Plus, learning how to cook is one of those essential skills that everyone should have.
At this juncture, no one is sure about how long the lockdown or the pandemic period will last. Although we’ve been dealing with things for a while now, it still all feels surreal. If you live with your significant other, count yourself lucky because at least you don’t have to deal with the loneliness that comes with being in lockdown alone.
As for now, there is nothing more that you can do other than try and stay safe and protected. Take this extra time that you have with your partner to get to know each other all over again. Who knows? If there were cracks in your relationship, perhaps you can begin to heal and rebuild.