“Just Married” COVID19 Edition
When you first got married to your partner, did you dream about spending weeks on end at home together? Do you still want that now, as a quarantine couple of COVID19?!
If you’re like most of America, there’s a good chance you and your spouse are both working from home, or not working at all. If you’re a New Yorker, then you’re almost certainly at home with your partner, in 1000 square feet or less. How’s that going for you? If you’re on the verge of an annulment, (don’t do it!) read on!
Keep up with date night
Every media outlet has been speaking about the importance of sticking to your routine while at home during the COVID19 pandemic. But that doesn’t just mean your job or workout routine! If you go for dinner at your favorite restaurant every Wednesday, why not order in? A favorite cocktail bar is closed? Recreate that bomb gin sour you love! Not only will it mix up your evening, but it will support the small businesses and restaurants in your area impacted by COVID19 that need your help, now more than ever.
Teach and learn
You know those adorable old couples sitting together in Central Park playing checkers? They had to learn the game first! Spend this evening picking out a game you’ve wanted to know how-to-play for a while and learn it. Does your partner know everything about Cribbage, and you’ve been meaning to learn? Now is the time – while we’ve got nothing but time. It’s going to be fun now, and something you can bring with you in your relationship when COVID19 is just an unwelcome memory.
Quarantine couples who sweat together…
That is what they say, isn’t it? Exercise triggers “feel-good” endorphins in the blood, which is the natural pick-me-up we all need during these trying times. Not only will it help you keep moving, but you can also experiment with some fun partner exercises that help you bond while staying active. With or without the weights, if you catch our drift 😉
Don’t sit in sweatpants
Not all of the time anyway. Of course, you will have days of not showering or changing out of your college sweatshirt. Believe us, we went through that phase of grief too. That being said, as a quarantine couple, it’s important to make an effort to put on some jeans and brush your hair. If not for your partner, for yourself! Changing your look can do wonders for your mental health, and your relationship.
Jokes aside, no matter your age, stage of life, or length of the marriage, we’re all experiencing losses at the moment due to COVID19. You are. Your partner is. For some of us, the losses are immediate and frightening. People are losing their jobs and businesses. Some have lost loved ones, friends, neighbors, or colleagues. Even the happiest of couples are feeling the weight of financial shifts, dwindling space, and a yearning for the return to old rituals and routines.
At the end of the day, all you can do is remind yourself you are safe, and you have a loving and supportive person to live with right now. Even if they leave their wet towel on the floor after every shower, you are healthy. You are happy. And, you are loved.