Remember those pre COVID-19 date nights with your significant other? Especially at the beginning of the relationship when you had butterflies in your stomach, couldn’t wait to see them and even obsessed about them? The science behind this dating excitement is simple – new experiences activate the brain’s reward system which releases feel-good hormones, dopamine, and norepinephrine. New restaurants, for example, allow you to visit a new part of town, try new foods and likely learn something new about your partner.
As time goes on, however, the excitement and romance turn into predictable, longer-term attachment. Many describe it as a ‘calmer lover’. Although it can be a beautiful type of love, couples in long term relationships need to invest more in romantic pick-me-ups to keep the intimacy alive. In this new COVID-19 era, couples who spend nearly all day together are especially suffering from little novelty which turns into lowered libido and a lot less sex.
Lucky for you, our intimacy experts put together an inspo guide of date ideas you can try from the comfort of your own home. Get out of your normal routine and bring back those surges of feel-good hormones by planning new date nights at least once a week.
Romantic take out, outside
Romance under the stars is closer than you think. Invest in comfy outdoor furniture or a thick picnic blanket with pillows and candles to create an ultra-sexy lounge area outdoors. Order your favorite take out, leave your phones inside, and connect under the stars.
Surprise them with a romantic bath
Take a cooking class together
Name your favorite cuisine and you can now easily find a virtual cooking class for it. With Airbnb’s Experiences, you can learn how to cook authentic recipes by local hosts… handmade pasta with a chef from Italy, jerk chicken island cooking in Jamaica, or a churro and chocolate master class from the heart of Mexico.
Create a sexy wine bar vibe
Remember those romantic wine bars you’d go to? On your next grocery run, stock up on cheeses, crackers, jams, nuts, and your preferred beverage. Nothing says happy hour like a beautiful cheese plate paired with a happy hour drink to end the workday together.
Have an adult card game night
If you need some adventurous sex ideas, consider a rated-x card game. For a few dollars, it allows you to explore physical and romantic intimacy acts. You likely won’t make it through the entire game.
Start practicing tantra
If you don’t already practice holistic sex, or tantra, now is the time. Incorporating more mindful sexual practices can transform the way you enjoy sex. If you haven’t already, become familiar with mindful sexuality and schedule a tantra sex night. The goal should be to enjoy each moment, use your senses, engage in some eye gazing and practice deep breathing throughout your sensual rendezvous.
Take a virtual tour in a new country
Many famous museums around the world now offer virtual tours, many of them free, that you can take from home. Book a tour of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum in Paris, the Great Wall of China, or the Vatican.