Your family’s health is the most important thing in the time of a pandemic, but it really doesn’t end there. The unfortunate reality is that the ongoing crisis can also take a toll on your relationships at home and outside of it, including your marriage.
Between your responsibilities as parents, as working professionals, and as providers, one of the first things that tend to get compromised is the honest-to-goodness quality time between you and your husband. Just because you’re mostly indoors together doesn’t always mean you’re getting the privacy you need as husband and wife. If anything, the opposite is just as likely to happen.
So what’s a husband and wife to do? For starters, take the time to evaluate whether this is a scenario that both of you can identify with. Are you both willing to acknowledge that your relationship is being taken for granted? Is there a need to reconnect in the first place? More importantly, how can you spend more QT together?
Of course, it’s always nice to spend precious time with your significant other regardless of whether there’s a pandemic or not. Here are four relationship-building activities you can do with the hubby during the quarantine:
1. Take naps together.
Sleep is a natural part of life, but it can also be an intimate gesture when you do it with someone you love. It helps to take a break in the middle of the day just to lie down with the hubby and spend 30 to 40 minutes of blissful silence together. It’s a good way to remind yourselves that you are each other’s comfort blanket.
2. Make plans for future dates and travels.
Few things will put you in a better mood than reminiscing about all the places you’ve been to as a couple. Try making a list of all the date spots and destinations you want to visit together once the quarantine is over. Not only does it give you something to look forward to; it also allows you to get to know each other more as individuals.
3. Do something online together.
Whether it’s starting a small online business on Instagram or creating a TikTok or YouTube channel together, taking your relationship online can be very gratifying, given that it’s something the two of you can proudly call your own. Regardless of what project you end up pursuing, the point is to have fun while doing it.
4. Put more effort in initiating sex.
In an incredibly hectic household, days tend to pass without either of you noticing that intimacy had been off the table for a while. When you’ve been together a long time, sex becomes equal parts mood and effort. Some nights will feel more natural than others, so make the most of them when they come. As husband and wife, sex is best enjoyed when you #DoItRight—with passion, precaution, and love. Who knows, it could be the thing that can give you the quality time you’ve been clamoring as a couple!
It also helps to get sexual and reproductive health advice from www.doitright.ph—a website dedicated to educating Filipinos about sex and relationships. It’s a place where you can learn to openly talk about your needs as someone’s better half, and have a better appreciation for what you can offer each other as a couple.
Don’t forget to spend quality time with the hubby whenever you can! Follow Do It Right! on Facebook to know more about the campaign: Do It Right! Do it with TRUST Reproductive Health Choices.