With Coronavirus, there is a lot of devastation, stress, and fear all around us. My husband and I have talked about how it is hard to see it in the safety of our home, but when we go to the grocery store, it becomes very clear. If you are at home all day with your fiancé, then here are a few tips on how to keep it fun!
How to Ensure your Engagement survives Confinement
Come up with creative date ideas! This might mean a candlelit dinner eating ramen noodles at the table. Have fun with it. Get dressed up, turn on romantic music, light candles, cook something tasty. Go on a picnic together, Eat outside on the Patio, Have breakfast in Bed, Make a Pallet on the Floor. Change it up to keep things interesting.
Video Chat your Bridesmaids
Have a chat on Skype or Zoom with your Bridesmaids and see how they are doing with all this. Are they still going to work? Are their parents and grandparents doing okay? How are they passing the time?
If you are sad or scared, avoid social media for a while
I have to keep myself in check here. I read stories about people in hospitals, in Italy, in China who are suffering. I read about people in our area. Everyday I check how many people are infected in Houston, multiple times a day. When I start feeling really sad, I take a break from my phone for a while. We are lucky to have hot and sunny weather here. It was just snowing in Boston, in the end of March! Bleh! I am grateful I can go for a social distanced walk around my neighborhood.
Avoid Online Shopping
Don’t hate me too much for this one. Just keep it in check. It is easy to shop online, eat snacks, drink wine, because we are bored. These things are great in moderation, but it only helps for a little while, and then the next day you need to do it again! Sorry, I am trying to practice this myself especially with Amazon Prime.
Know Personality Types
I have already seen lots of people and couples joking about how they were born for confinement or they were already going crazy from it. Remember what your fiancé’s personality is like, and have compassion if they are wishing they could be out of the house.
Keep it fun
Play couples games, like the Newlywed Game, or apps on your phone like dictionary or charades.
Have time apart doing your own things
Yes, even if you are in the same house! Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Read books on marriage. Okay, okay, I know this isn’t for everyone, but it is for a nerd like me! Or, Read books about something you are interested in, even if it is romance novels!
Ask the Big questions
Take this time to talk about those big questions everyone needs to talk about before getting married. When everyone is in a good mood, and ask those tough questions about kids and finances and living together. Ask about your wildest dreams and giving back. The NYT 36 Questions that lead to love
is a good place to start!
And when all else fails, Netflix & Chill.