There’s a global pandemic, business is closed, the city is on lockdown, and everyone is talking about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Yet in spite of these trying times, love can still bloom. Some couples are kept apart due to the COVID-19 lockdown, and some have been bound to be together 24/7.

Both situations have their pros and cons. It can be hard to be apart from your partner for months on end, and it can also be equally hard to be with your partner for every hour of every day. Let’s face it, if you weren’t able to prepare enough groceries and supplies, chances are your love life is not prepared for this coronavirus lockdown either. If you want to survive this pandemic with your relationship intact, follow the one to five tips below.

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1. Consistent Communication
If you and your partner are quarantined from separate homes, consistent communication is the key to keep that romantic flame glowing. You can call, video chat, even send voice messages. Keep your partner updated on how you’re doing, and always remind them to stay safe and wash their hands.

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2. Set Boundaries
It doesn’t matter how much in love you and your partner are, spending the entire day with them for weeks on end can get pretty annoying. Practice social distancing and set some time alone for yourself. This will even help you grow as an individual and keep you from getting sick of your partner’s face.

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3. Find Hobbies
This coronavirus lockdown is the perfect time to rediscover things you and your partner love to do. If you’re together, maybe you both like board games, or karaoke! If you’re apart, try an online game together, watch the same Netflix movie at the same time, there are endless possibilities.

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4. Go on a Date
A global pandemic is no excuse to not be romantic. Just because restaurants are closed and you can’t go outside doesn’t mean you can’t go on a date. Cook a nice meal, light up some candles and have a date at home. If you’re apart, get your laptop and put it on the opposite seat and have a virtual date.

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5. Strengthen Your Relationship
Now is the perfect time to strengthen your relationship by talking about the things you were too busy to talk about. Maybe you want to talk about moving in together, or your annoying inlaws, or if you should take that job in a faraway place. Now that you have plenty of time, use it to strengthen the foundation of your relationship.

There you go, 5 tips that hopefully get you and your partner through this lockdown. Always remember, whether you’re together or apart, to show your partner that you love them. And please, stay inside and wash your hands!

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