The pressure to have date nights in relationships can be intense. Whether you’re balancing busy schedules or trying to save money, every couple struggles with this. However, there’s a remedy for this. Instead of designating a specific night or month for romance, try incorporating small activities that you can do from the comfort of your own home. These can be just as intimate and meaningful as date nights. And let’s be honest — it’s not like most of us have the option to go out to the town these days. So here are six small date night activities that will still help you take care of your romance.
1. Cook together
Preparing a meal together can be therapeutic, peaceful, and fun. Not only can you get a bit messy or experience a few failures that will make you laugh, but you also get to have those small moments that make you appreciate your partner. It’s a simple activity, but so, so intimate. And you get to do everything together (even if it’s ordering take out after the dish you wanted to make didn’t turn out like planned).
2. Have a Netflix comedy night
Laughing together is one of the greatest feelings in the world. So why not make a date out of it? Plan a night to watch a Netflix comedy special. But instead of the typical curl-up-on-the-couch situation, make it like you’re going to an old-school comedy club. Get dressed up in fancy clothing, plan a signature cocktail with delicious snacks, and watch it in a different room of the house. Important: Don’t forget the hors d’oeuvres beforehand as it will add class to your night.
3. Do a couples workout video
This date night is for everybody, even if you aren’t the most athletic couple. Find a cheesy workout video on YouTube or Instagram and try it out with your partner. Even if you don’t end up getting a good workout because you’re too busy hysterically laughing at your failed attempts, you will still have lots of fun. The point is to do something different together, and this does just that.
4. Have a game night
There’s something about having an old-fashioned game night that just feels good for the soul. And now that board games are coming back (thanks to gaming cafes), many new games have come out. You can stick to classics like “Sorry,” or you could try a new one like “Sequence.” Or you could even try a card game. The possibilities are endless.
5. Go for a walk at a different time of the day
Remember the early days of quarantine? I do, and walks were crucial for my mental health. And I know I wasn’t the only one. So make a point to go for a walk at least once a week at a different time and take in the different weather and observe nature. It’s not only healthy but also romantic.
6. Go skinny dipping
If it’s nice enough outside and if you have access to a body of water, go skinny dipping. It’s fun, adventurous, unusual (unless you frequently do it, in which case, I’m not judging), kinky, and also really intimate. It gives you a rush of excitement and thrill that doesn’t have to last long but creates one hell of a memory.
A lovely date night out is always a great idea. But setting time aside to do something small but significant will help prioritize your relationship a little more. It’s not about what you do as a couple, but how you do it together. And these mini, effortless dates are a great way to start putting your relationship first.