Written by: Marissa Saini
Since the announcements of the Movement Control Order (MCO) extension, there has been a collective sigh from unmarried couples who are not living together. After all, the extension – while necessary to break the chain of infection – means an added weeks of separation for these couples.
But the MCO isn’t an excuse to break each other’s hearts! Here are some ideas on how you can keep the flame alive as the social distancing runs its course.
1. Communicate daily
Texting and calling each other up may be business as usual during pre-COVID-19 days, but it is much more imperative now that your partner is separated from you for an extended period of time. Check-in with each other regularly, update them on how your day is going, send a cute gif – these little things will go a long way in letting them know you’re thinking about them.
Not only does communication strengthen your relationship, but it also helps maintain your mental health.
2. Watch a show together
Change up the usual remote movie date with a popular Chrome extension called Netflix Party. Once you’ve installed this free app, it lets you watch Netflix together in real time. For example, if your partner pauses or skips the movie, it’ll reflect on your screen too! This creates a shared viewing experience that’s as close to a normal movie night as you can get. It even comes with a chat box so you can put aside your phone and discuss the movie without needing to hit mute!
If you prefer theatre to TV, you can watch one of the free shows that are now streaming on YouTube – from Broadway musicals and Shakespeare plays to modern productions. These are usually posted to support a charity or performing artists, so don’t forget to donate if you can!
3. Play games on interactive apps
There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition! Having no reason to leave home means your game console of choice is your – and your partner’s – new best friend! Play online with your console and challenge your other half with games like Fifa 20, Animal Crossing, and Overcooked to name a few.
Don’t have a console? Free game apps like Scrabble GO and sites like scribbl.io are great multiplayer options to look into.
4. Surprise one another
Nothing screams romance quite like the element of surprise. With the endless array of service options available, you can sweep your partner off their feet by surprising them with doorstep deliveries – anything from balloons, food from their favourite restaurant, flowers, care packages, and groceries. Simply put, if contactless delivery is an option, you can arrange to get it sent to your loved one and make them feel loved in one go!
Take heart, when this is over, you shall celebrate milestones again, together!