Being stuck in self-isolation together can take a toll on a relationship — here's how to pass the time and bring you closer together during Covid-19
Whether you're still in the honeymoon phase or together for years, a time like this can take a pretty big toll on a relationship. Being cooped up in the house together with very little opportunity to spend time apart means that tensions can be strained and conversations can become clipped.
But instead of isolating yourself even further from your partner during this outbreak, why not treat it as an opportunity to get to know them better? It's unlikely that we will ever have a time like this again in our lifetime, when we can sit at home and really be with each other without the distractions of work, commuting, the gym, and all the other modern accouterments we've all become so used to. Why not embrace it, and embrace your relationship with it too?
Playing games during the outbreak is highly recommended (maybe not Monopoly though — it brings out the worst in people), and 20 Questions is a classic. However, we've updated it here for Covid-19-specific use. Take an hour together, find a space that's comfortable for you both, and ask each other each question. There's no detail too embarrassing, no story too long-winded — this is all about getting the most out of your time together.
If there's something you've always wanted to know about your partner, or something you've wanted to reveal to them for a long time? There's no time like now to get started.
- How are you?
- How will you describe this time to your kids/grandkids?
- What does friendship mean to you?
- Tell your partner the thing you like most about them
- What are you most worried about with Covid-19?
- Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible
- Describe the worst haircut you ever got
- What is your signature dish to cook/bake? (bonus points if you make it for each other during self-isolation)
- If you were leading the government right now, how would you do things differently (if at all?)
- How close is your family? Why/ why not?
- What is your greatest accomplishment?
- Tell each other your funniest story
- What are you most excited about to do when self-isolation is over?
- If you could change one thing about the way you were raised, what would it be?
- What would be the title of your autobiography?
- Describe your personal hell (worst pet peeves, worst situation to be in)
- What does a perfect day look like to you?
- What is your dream job?
- What box set could you watch over and over?
- Will you change any part of how you live after this is over? Why/why not?
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