So you’re stuck in a small space with your significant other all day. They are your coworker, your therapist, your workout buddy and sometimes the reason you’re about to lose your mind. Scottsdale-based TTI Success Insights, a leading resource for research-based assessments, has a list of date ideas for couples and would love to explain the science behind each activity.
Spend an entire day in separate rooms and meet up in the evening
There’s a reason why they say absence makes the heart grow fonder! Give yourselves both a break from interacting together and then meet up in your kitchen for a dinner date. Bonus points if you dress up like you normally would for date night!
Throw a surprise birthday party even if it’s not their birthday
If your partner has been feeling particularly down, give them a sweet surprise! No need for expensive presents; a hand-made card and some cake could be enough to cheer them up.
Have a no-Covid night where you don’t talk about the virus and if you do, someone does a pushup
There’s a reason you’re seeing so many memes about quarantine snacking. Stress eating is a common response, but you don’t have to slack on your health! A little healthy competition might be just what you need to get your mind off of things for a night.
Double date with friends over Zoom while chomping on a new dinner recipe
Social distancing has us all missing friends. Connect with your friends on video chat and enjoy a great meal together. Cooking something new is a way for you and your partner to bond and enjoy some variety.
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Watch a Bob Ross video and try your hand at painting a masterpiece while drinking wine
No matter if you end up with a masterpiece or a mess, getting outside of your comfort zone and making art is great for you. One of the best ways to endure difficult situations is to embrace a growth mindset, and this activity will help you do just that. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re stagnating. If you only stick to what you’re naturally good at, you are hugely limiting yourself.
Recreate your favorite date at home
If you’re missing your favorite IRL date spot, try recreate it in your home! Set up a bowling alley in your hallway, set the table for a fancy dinner, or build a blanket fort and make some popcorn for a movie night.
Plan a future vacation so you have something to look forward to
Travel bans won’t last forever! Look into activities and locations abroad, or plan a simple road trip to another state. Whatever you do, give yourself something to look forward to when things stabilize.
If you’re looking for more ways to connect with your partner right now, you might be interested in Relationship Insights. It’s an assessment built to help communication and improve understanding of each other. If you want to learn more, visit ttisi.com.
Jaime Faulkner is the content manager for TTI Success Insights.