Interacting with others outside the household is also important. “Keep having virtual happy hours or other virtual connections so that your partner isn't the only person that you're connecting with,” Holczer says. Maintaining these outside relationships helps to make the time spent with your significant other that much more special.
It’s a Date
Think you don’t have time for date night? Put it on the calendar every week or every other week. “Make date night a ritual,” Holczer says. “Put it on the schedule and then you work around that.” Having children can make it hard to arrange, but Holczer suggests planning date night for after bedtime. “If you have older kids, maybe find something special for them to do,” Holczer says. “Let them have a movie night with popcorn and let them know that their parents are having special time together. I think that's a really good precedent to set for your kids.”
All Dolled Up
If you’ve been running around in yoga pants every day, it’s probably time to break out your favorite pair of skinny jeans or swipe on some lipstick. Anything you can do to emulate a night out is ideal, says Holczer.
“A really important part of date nights—and this is whether you go out or you stay at home—is talking about things other than money, kids, problems, work or even the coronavirus,” Holczer says. It’s tempting to fall back on familiar topics or to rant about your day but Holczer advises setting that time apart to learn more about your partner. “Sometimes we’ve been married for 15 years and still don't know these things about our partners,” Holczer says, “so that's just another really good way to stay connected.”