Is all of this uncertainty starting to wear on you? With your normal routines upended, are you feeling tense and a bit out of sorts? If so, you’re not alone. We feel it too!
We know there are worse things than spending all of your time at home with your partner and your kids. But if you’re experiencing some cabin fever, we’re here to help you turn this lemon-filled situation into some delicious lemonade (homemade, of course).
At Prepare/Enrich, our lemonade is precious time with our loved ones. Time we’d normally fill up with the everyday commitments that pull us in all different directions is now valuable time together.
How might you make the most out of this extra time together? Here are some ideas.
- Go on a date at home. Take your lunch break with your spouse, go on a walk together, have picnic in bed, or make some popcorn and watch a new movie. Focus on being fully present with each other versus just being in the same room. If you two are craving some social interaction, FaceTime your couple friends for a virtual “double date.”
- Start a new routine. Any routine will do – a daily workout regimen, cooking dinner together each night, or heck, even choreographing your own dance routine. Whatever you choose, create something that you look forward to doing with your partner every day.
- Have meaningful conversations. Ask each other questions you haven’t asked before. Try to learn something new about them. Create or realign on your goals as a couple. Check out these free resources for more ways to get talking:
- Focus on the positive. It’s normal to feel anxious right now and easy to get caught up in worry. Focus on the good in your current situation. Whether it’s sleeping in because of your new, 1-minute commute, enjoying your partner’s custom playlists throughout the day, or having a view of your peaceful backyard instead of a cubicle, soak it in.
- Nurture mutual relationships. Connect with and check in on family or friends – virtually, of course. FaceTime Aunt Cheryl together, or do a big Zoom call with your whole college friend group. Share some laughs and virtual hugs – the endorphin boost will have you both feeling happy and energized.
- Consider a relationship assessment (taken from the comfort of your home). If it’s been awhile since you took Prepare/Enrich, our Couple Checkup assessment is a great option. You might even reach out to your Prepare/Enrich Facilitator about taking the full assessment again – you could even do virtual feedback sessions! It’s a great way to take full advantage of you both being home.
During this unsettled and unpredictable time, lean into each other. Be each other’s constant. Make lemonade. There’s a lot we can’t control right now, but you can control how you nurture your relationship. We’ll be here cheering you on.