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Tips on Dating from Home this Valentine’s Day

Jan 28, 2021 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
written by Ashley Kazijian, Contributing Writer
 
The Covid-19 pandemic has limited our lives in so many ways, but showing love and seeking love doesn’t have to be one of them. Whether you’re looking for ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year or you’re on the search for the one to celebrate it with, here are some tips on how to do both safely from home.
 
Most of us have already spent quite a bit of time inside with our significant others this past year. We’ve done puzzles, baked bread, and binge watched all of the shows. This Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to break away from the mundane routines you may have inevitably fallen into with your partner. Even though Covid-19 restrictions limit our options, here are some ideas you can plan for right at home:
  • Move the coffee table, throw down a blanket, and have an indoor picnic
  • Sign up for an online cooking class or select a new recipe to try
  • Movie marathon with a variety of popcorn (caramel, sprinkles, cheese, spicy,
  • get creative!)
  • DIY wine tasting (get a couple of new-to-you bottles), make a cheese board,
  • and pretend you’re at your favorite winery
  • Have a game day with board games and trivia; make them smile with little
  • prizes
  • Be prepared with a craft (such as scrapbooking your memories from the last
  • year or updating photo albums)
  • Brunch in bed; make a waffle bar with toppings and mimosas.
If observing Valentine’s Day is your thing, plan something (even if it will just be in your living room). We all need a little something to look forward to, especially right now.  Do something to show your gratitude toward the person who has been quarantined at home with you for the past year.
 
On the other hand, some of us may still be searching for the right one to quarantine with. The pandemic introduced an entire new realm of challenges in the dating game. Luckily, even before the pandemic hit, the era of online dating was alive and well. Swiping left, swiping right, making first moves and meeting up with matches--it’s all too familiar to some of us. So if you’re not already familiar, some of the popular apps and online platforms for dating and meeting new people include Bumble, Hinge, Match, and eHarmony. (Single senior citizens can check out OurTime and Silver Singles in addition to Match and eHarmony.)

These are just some examples of available resources for meeting new people remotely, but familiarize yourself with safe practices before you explore online dating. You may be surprised by whom you meet, re-connect with, or even find friendship with. Feeling connected to others (in any way, shape, or form) is imperative to our emotional well-being, especially while being quarantined at home.

 

 

 

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