It really seems like the what the world needs now is love sweet love, even if the circumstances make this very difficult if you don’t actually live together. The thing about love at the moment, especially new love, is that as well as being romantic, exciting, positive and fun, it also needs to be a little bit creative.
Following on from my isolation dating post from last week, I have been collating more ideas for new love, including those romances that have started online through sites like the Devon dating site ‘Date Devon Singles’. Dating expert Shannon Smith has stated that new romances can still thrive in the present circumstances, but that they require people to really be engaged and actually enjoy that engagement by really talking rather than just chit chatting, by actually answering questions and being more open than you might be on physical, face to face dates. This allows relationships to develop if you are chatting by letter, text and email, but there are still other ways to enjoy some face to face (even if it is virtual) contact.
Take Your Virtual Exercise Together
We are all allowed out for some exercise each day in the form of a short walk, so why not facetime and do this together. This especially works well if you live somewhere beautiful and scenic, with lovely views, and also works well if you are a more mature dater, for instance if you are over 50s dating in Devon ,where you walk might take in a moor, or the coast. You can share your news, share the views and enjoy taking in some fresh air.
If you are actually staying inside to get your exercise, it may be that you have been taking part in the daily Joe Wicks workouts. If not, and you are not too self conscious, why not have some fun and laughs by doing this together. This could certainly help you to get over any inhibitions and could be a complete icebreaker, certainly showing off your fun side.
Online Book Club
If books are your thing, you and your new date could try reading the same book as a mini online book club, and could then share your thoughts, ideas and predictions together when you chat. This will stop those early awkward silences when you are trying to think of something to talk about, and could mean that you fall in love over a book, which is pretty romantic and something Jane Austen would definitely approve of.
Group quizzes played virtually through Quiz Up and House Party have been growing in popularity during the time of quarentine for obvious reasons, they allow people to have fun together, even when they are far apart. A group quiz could be a great way to introduce your new partner to your friends in a social situation with no real pressure. This could mean that when restrictions are lifted and you are able to properly introduce them, it will feel quite relaxed and easy.