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Last month I wrote a blog post about at home date ideas for couple who are stuck in lockdown together but of course that’s not the reality for everyone during this weird, stressful and scary time. Sadly, some people are away from their partners right now – I know a lot of my online friends are – and they have had to adapt to this weird, virtual dating world that none of us are really used to.

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Of course online dating is bigger than ever. We’re not new to meeting people online, engaging with people online and ultimately, finding relationships online. And there are so many different types of dating sites and apps these days, those that are based on location, such as this Edinburgh dating site. Or preference, such as Mature Edinburgh Dating.

But once you’re IN that relationship… well, you don’t imagine your love life is going to be halted by a global pandemic.

Alas, here we are. In the middle of a global pandemic. And a lot of people have found themselves in lockdown away from their partners during this time. In a time where it’s more important than ever to stay connected to loved ones, here are some ways you can virtually date and keep your relationship alive during lockdown:

Stay connected

As I just said, the first and most important thing right now is to stay connected. Not just for romantic relationships – but all relationships and friendships. Not only will it help you combat loneliness if you’re alone during this time but it’ll also help with your mental health. We need each other right now so if you can’t be there physically, be there virtually.

Have dinner together over Skype or video chat

Has anyone watched season 3 of Atypical? When they’re having the dinner party and Paige is there virtually, through a tablet? Well that’s what I’m thinking when I say this. Agree on a day and time – even a specific type of cuisine if you want – and have a virtual dinner date over video chat!

Make plans for when this is over

It’s really important to have things to look forward to right now, especially when everything is looking pretty bleak. So now would be a great time to make some plans together of things to look forward to when all this is over. Holidays you want to go on together and day trips you want to make. It’ll give you both something to look forward to, when those dark times hit.

Have a movie night together

I haven’t personally tried it myself but I’ve heard Netflix are doing this cool virtual link up thing where you can watch things at the same time as your friends? Either that or just choose a movie to watch at the same time together. Although you can’t see each other, knowing you’re both doing the same thing might help ease the loneliness.

Game together

If both of you have gaming consoles and have the same games, now would be a great time to game together and show each other who’s boss! Gaming is a great way to take your mind off of things and have a bit of fun – even better when you’re up against your boyfriend or girlfriend!

Go for a virtual walk together

So here in the UK, provided we’re not in self isolation and we’re not symptomatic, we’re allowed out of the house once a day for exercise. Most people have been enjoying going for walks – especially in nature, which has a calming quality about it anyway. Why not arrange a time for you to both go on your daily walk and do it together? Stay on face-time or on the phone and go on a virtual walk together.

Bake together

Similarly to having a meal and going for a walk together, if you’re both into baking, you can choose a time and a dish to both bake in your respective homes and go onto Skype or face time and bake together! It’ll give you a chance to do a relaxing activity as well as some time to have a chat together.

Here are just a few ways that you and your partner can have a fun, virtual date during this time in lockdown. Do you have any other suggestions to add to this list? How have you and your partner been keeping connected if you’re away from each other right now? Let me know!

63 Comments

  1. Brilliant tips Jenny. I’m lucky in that Blair is at home during all this, but it’s been a struggle not seeing people like my brother who I’m very close to. We’ve been doing a lot of gaming together so we can just chat and catch up while doing something fun, it’s really helped us feel a bit more connected and sane. I’m sure this post will give lots of couples who aren’t able to be close some ideas on how to stay connected!

  2. I know it must suck if you’re not together and can’t see each other right now but we’re so blessed that we have the technology to be able to do the things you’ve suggested here to stay connected. I know it’s obviously not the same but doing little things like making the same meal together at the same time adds an element of normality back in the situation x

    Sophie

  3. Those are great ideas! It’s nice to get creative when things get rough to keep the spark going.

  4. Awww! This actually sounds super romantic considering! If I ever had anyone to date (even if it’s long-distance), I probably would have used these tips!

  5. I absolutely love these ideas. I can’t imagine being without George during this time as it’s just so stressful but I know some of these would help if that had been the case. Having dinner together over skype would be lovely and I totally agree about making plans for the future. Having something to hold on too and look forward to helps massively xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  6. These are some actually adorable ideas! The Skype idea is so cute. I’ve got plans for seeing my significant other when the isolation period is over x

  7. I’m loving coming across all these really interesting date ideas in the lockdown! People are getting so creative. Gaming is a great one, and we’re hoping to have a nice candlelit dinner and movie night over the Easter weekend.

  8. My boyfriend and I have been facetiming most days and playing animal crossing and watching films together, which I think is really helping. It’s such a strange time to be in a relationship, without seeing your other half! x

    Em | http://www.emilyjanebirks.co.uk

  9. These are great ideas; and I guess like you said, can be used with friends and family as well. Its a very strange world at the moment that is taking some adjusting to; technology is brilliant though for keeping us all connected!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

  10. I’m not dating right now, but I love these tips. A movie night would be such a cute idea to do if you are dating.

    Al x

  11. This is such a helpful post! I’m currently single AF and this pandemic certainly isn’t helping that… I’ll have to give some of these ideas a go! x

    Becca // becc4 blog

  12. Sadly lockdown lead to a breakup for me haha (im not dwelling on it though) but these are all such good ideas, and i do feel for couples who cant be in lockdown together!

  13. My boyfriend and I have been doing a long distance relationship since I went to uni, but the lockdown has made it even harder for us! These are some great ideas that we’ll definitely be trying x

    Roni 🖤
    myelevatedexistence.com

  14. I’m casually talking to people I match with on Hinge so I’m in a but big a weird place where I obviously can’t go out and meet them in public just yet. I get the impression that these dating ideas are pretty good and for anyone already in a relationship but maybe doesnt work as well as ideas for a first date with someone you’ve met online? Thanks for sharing though, enjoying reading it and getting a but more inspiration and motivation to think of some. Stay safe and stay sane 🙂

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

  15. Oh I love this, such cute ideas! I’m lucky enough to be on lockdown with my partner but I may share this to my friends that aren’t to help them not lose hope 🙂

    Jess | jessinwonderland.com xx

  16. Great post pet! I am self isolating with my partner in our home – I understand why ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ is a thing now [LOL]. We’re stuck for indoor date ideas at the moment but we’ve been playing card games most nights.
    Stay safe! x

  17. I think some of these are lovely ideas and although I don’t have a partner to do these with I do have my friends and I think it definitely a great way to stay connected during trying times like these.

  18. This actually sounds quite cute! While I find online dating awkward even without the face to face, this could be very interesting haha 🙂
    Sarah x

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