Fun home 'date nights' you can have with your partner during lockdown

You’ll read loads of stories about how quarantining together could be the death knell for your relationship.

While it’s certainly true that it can be hard to be in each other’s pockets day in day out, that doesn’t need to be the case.

In fact, staying in doors just means you’re going to have to get creative to keep the spark going.

One of the waya to do this is to plan ‘date nights’ in the home together. You can’t go for a drink or meal, but you can break the day up and keep things fresh regardless.

Megan Harrison, who runs Couples Candy – a project dedicated to providing couples with information to help promote happy and successful relationships – tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Whilst remaining indoors for lengthy periods of time presents enormous challenges, with the right perspective it can open up new and wonderful experiences.

‘Relationships are strengthened when met with significant challenges, just like the one the world finds itself faced with now.

‘Scheduling indoor dates is a great way to bond and grow into our relationships. Now is the time to really get to know our loved ones on a deeper level!’

Here are some cute ideas to get the ball rolling for you and your partner.

Cook a meal together

If you’re isolated together, you might be in a bit of a rut when it comes to impressing each other with food.

Recipe delivery services like HelloFresh and Gousto are still up and running, and can give you a step-by-step guide to make something delicious and different.

You could also try out websites like Supercook, where you can tell them what’s in your fridge and they’ll give you ideas based on the ingredients.

It doesn’t need to be Cordon Bleu cooking, but when you’ve been rationing tins of beans it’s nice to try something different.

Just make sure to actually sit at a table and talk when you’re there. You know, like you would at a real restaurant.

Try each other’s hobbies

Megan says: ‘We now have plenty of time to learn more about our partners, and we can spend some of this time exploring each other’s interests! It’s a great way to show affection towards each other and it might also lead to some new and fun experiences.

‘Even if you think your SO’s hobby is not your ideal type of entertainment, why not give it a shot?

‘The chances are you might just like it, and it could even strengthen your connection. Sharing hobbies helps to break down a wall and will allow you to gain deeper insights into each other’s passions as well as learning to compromise for each other.’

Guess it’s time for you to learn Football Manager then.

Dig out your board games

Board games have really fallen out of favour given how many games we have at our fingertips whenever we want them.

But some Articulate or Scrabble can distract you from the world outside screen-free, and we guarantee that you’ll get a good kick out of your partner’s pathetic Pictionary skills.

Try yoga or other home exercises

Regardless of whether you’re taking your state-sanctioned daily walk, sitting on your couch or at your home desk all day can take its toll on your back.

Simple yoga (such as Yoga with Adriene) or HIIT (such as Joe Wicks’ daily workouts) get the blood pumping and help stretch out your tired muscles and joints.

You’ll feel a boost of energy afterwards, which you can use in other ways if you wish. Even a steamy couple’s shower together afterwards could be extremely intimate.

Make your house a spa

‘A relaxing and intimate stay-at-home spa date is within reach for everyone, and without the expensive price tag,’ says Megan.

‘For ultimate tranquility, it’s all about the right preparation. Choose some scented candles and essential oils to create a calming and relaxing environment. And to help you both drift away into relaxation, find a soothing spa music playlist to listen to as you both unwind.

‘Run a pampering bubble bath for you to enjoy and top up two champagne glasses as you both soak up some relaxation in the hot water.

‘Afterwards, put on some bathrobes and slippers before treating your partner to a relaxing massage.

‘Using quality massage oils is recommended for this part of the experience, which is ideal for soothing sore and tired muscles.

‘Next time, you can switch sides and your partner can enjoy giving you the massage and pampering you into a state of relaxed bliss.’

Fake a trip to the cinema

The cinema is normally a classic date idea, but it’s also off the table for the foreseeable.

We aren’t going to teach your grandma to suck eggs here – we know you all know about Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and the newly-launched Disney+.

However, when it comes to turning it into a date night, you can make it ‘proper’ with freshly popped popcorn, dimmed lights, and a big icy drink.

You won’t need to pay £44 for these snacks (£47 if you decide to go large), which is a plus, but you will need to use your imagination and pretend you’re not sat in the same living room you’ve been in for two weeks.

Turn the volume up loud and put all distractions away for a few hours.

Try role-play

This seems a little strange at first, but doesn’t necessarily mean pretending to be other people or going down a rabbit hole of fetish.

Just putting on your best clothes or lingerie and walking into the room as if you didn’t know your partner was going to be there should be enough to get the spark going.

Or, you could try masturbating and have your partner ‘accidentally’ walk in on you.

The possibilities for this really go as far as your own imagination, but if it is anything super different to your normal routine, make sure to have a frank chat about what’s comfortable for both of you first.

Even if you’re in a studio flat in New Cross, it can be Club Tropicana where drinks are free if you want it to be.

Have deeper conversations

If you feel like the only thing you’ve spoken about in the last two weeks is coronavirus, you’re not alone.

Shannon Smith, Relationship Expert at Plenty of Fish says: ‘For those who are now spending more time than ever with their partners while working from home, it can feel daunting, but there are simple steps that can be taken to reduce feelings of cabin fever.

‘Making time for each other away from work, the news, laptop screens and really listening will help ensure you understand how your partner is truly feeling and will allow you to carve out a routine that suits you both.’

These conversation starters for quarantine can be good to get the ball rolling on topics other than symptoms and the generally terrifying state of the world right now.

If you want to get things going in a more sexual way, we’ve also written up 70 sex questions you can ask your partner, which range from everything from fantasies to favourite moments with them.

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