The global pandemic has brought about seismic shifts in all our lives, as businesses have been shuttered and remote work is the new norm. Of course, for couples who have found themselves confined to their homes to curb the spread of COVID-19, they’re now spending a whole lot of time in one another’s company.

Full-time togetherness can be challenging, even for the most adoring couples who enjoy spending countless hours together. So, if you’ve been left wondering how to keep your relationship sensual while social distancing, here are three ways to spice up your relationship in quarantine.

1. Let Romance Reign Supreme

Let’s be real: There are only so many nights you can spend watching episode after episode of your new, favorite binge-worthy show on Netflix before it starts to feel like you’re in a major slump. Ready to hit the refresh button on your nightly routine? Why not start with an outdoor picnic?

Find a remote spot at the park or even on your patio to enjoy being outside. Don’t forget to pack some essentials, including a cozy blanket, a delicious meal meant for sharing and sparkling wine or soda. Then, lounge with your loved one, and let the stars work their magic. Best of all? Get ready to experience a literal breath of fresh air.

2. Ignite a Spark with Some Adventures

Staring at the same four walls day in and day out can dampen any couple’s spirits. That’s why, even if you’re not quite ready to book a full-fledged vacation, book a staycation in your city or town or go on a short getaway of some sort. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of things to enjoy even if you decide to stay put in your home city. Then again, relaxing and doing nothing may be the respite you’re seeking.

Perhaps you do want to stay home, though. No matter where your adventure takes you, make it a point to implement more relaxing behaviors, like turning off your smartphone, not setting your alarm clock, and making time for a leisurely meal with your partner, as you check out a virtual museum or national park tour from the comfort of your couch.

If you and your significant other are desperate to get away, some safe social distancing travel ideas include:

  • RV road trips
  • A private vacation home rental
  • Campsite visits

Just be sure to stay up to date with any travel restrictions or closures before heading out of town.

3. Set the Perfect Mood

Is anyone still enjoying office Zoom calls anymore? That answer is likely a resounding “no.” Plus, you and your significant other sitting around in sweats as you both simultaneously check off work projects aren’t doing your libido any favors, either. Quarantined couples may have to work a bit harder to get their sensuality back on track, but the steps to do so can be fairly simple.

First, you’ll want to slip into something sexier than your usual work-from-home attire. In fact, now is the perfect time to buy that garter or other lingerie piece you’ve been eyeing. Rocking something more sensual than your sweats is a no-fail way to up the intimacy in your relationship during quarantine.

Next, create a different atmosphere. The good news here is that you don’t necessarily have to step outside your space to concoct a new vibe. Light some candles or dim the lights and turn up your speakers. If you want to take it a step further and bring the club to you, consider joining the tens of thousands of people worldwide who are enjoying hours of free music mixed by live streaming DJs.

Know That Engagement is Key

Remember, just because you’re forced to stay inside as much as possible with your loved one doesn’t necessarily mean you’re spending actual quality time together. To truly spice up your connection in quarantine, you need to be both intentional (ahem, buy the lingerie) and engaged (aka, talking about more than life stressors).

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