Let’s be honest. The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on all of our interpersonal relationships, especially on the home front. Looking to reconnect with your significant other in more ways than one? Buck the pandemic blues and read on for 14 creative ways to reignite the spark.
14 creative ways to reignite the spark
Know that you are not alone
With families juggling life responsibilities with working from home, remote learning or in-person classes, and the constant threat of exposure, there is no wonder why even the most grounded of relationships are having difficulties right now.
If you and your partner are struggling to rekindle the proverbial flame, tap into some of these emotional, intellectual, creative, and other non-physical forms of intimacy to connect on a deeper level. You might just reignite that spark after all! Need more inspiration? Check out our Ultimate Charleston Date Ideas Guide.
- Play the Gottman Card Decks. From the authorities of all things’ relationships at The Gottman Institute, this free app is a great way to start conversations, dig deeper, and reconnect with your spouse or significant other.
- Take private dance lessons. Dancing has been proven to elevate mood, physical health, and also brain health. Treat yourself and your partner to private dance lessons and breaking a sweat together as you glide, twirl, and stomp around the room!
- Go on a kayak adventure. Try your hand at kayaking Charleston’s intercoastal waterways with outdoor outfitter Charleston Outdoor Adventures. Go on a 2 or 3-hour group marsh tour or rent kayaks and go at your own pace. Tandem kayaks are also available!
- Throw axes at a target. Blow off some steam and go throw some axes at The Bearded Axe in North Charleston. Get in the Viking spirit as you are trained on the skills needed to (safely) chuck an ax.
- Subscribe to the Lasting app. Take advantage of the many relationship and parenting courses offered through this marriage counseling app.
- Feast on the finer things in life and enjoy oysters and a glass (or bottle!) of champagne at a seafood restaurant in the area. High in essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, and selenium, oysters are said to boost your mood and improve circulation.
- Get crafty at Wine & Design. Channel your inner Monet with a glass of rosé in one hand and paintbrush in the other at one of their three Charleston area locations.
- Run or Walk the Bridge. Make working out a team sport and walk or run the 2.5-mile -long path along the Ravenel Bridge with your partner. For an added bonus, use a fitness app like Achievement that will pay you to work out!
- Take a staycation at the Wentworth Mansion, voted the Best Hotel in Charleston in Travel + Leisure’s World Best Awards. Further indulge with a couples’ massage at the Urban Nirvana in the mansion’s former stables.
- Lend a helping hand together. The Post & Courier reported that there were more than 1,250 registered nonprofits in Charleston as of last year. That number might look different today, but volunteers are still greatly in need.
- Walk the Pitt Street Bridge. A special place on the list of things to do in Mount Pleasant, the Pitt Street Bridge was the former passage between Mount Pleasant and Sullivan’s. Now a pedestrian walkway with gram worthy views, it’s worth a trip.
- Hold hands on a stroll through a local park. Charleston Parks Conservancy is hosting its first virtual event, A Walk In The Parks, this month. Those who complete 26.2 miles of exercise by the end of February will receive email updates on various parks. The participant with the most miles logged will receive a special prize.
- Try your hand (and balance!) at paddleboarding. When the weather warms up, check out Charleston Paddle Company or any of the of many outfitters that offer paddleboarding. Make a day of it and grab snacks along Shem Creek after a tour.
- Dine under the stars at Chez Nous and be transported to the Mediterranean with its French, Spanish, and Italian influenced cuisine. Socially distanced alfresco dining makes for a safe and fun pandemic style date night!