Being locked inside the house can play havoc on your life, especially if you’re living with your partner. Has your daily routine degenerated to wearing the same sweatpants for days in a row, binge-watching Netflix movies, and scrolling on social media? Has sex become something you need to schedule as it would be a dentist appointment? It sounds like you’ve hit a rut, but don’t worry; everyone does it at a point. Getting isolated at home, staying with your partner 24/7, and having nothing to do can make the lockdown feel like an eternity.
You’re not the only one who feels this way, everyone is depressed and sad worldwide. Durex has revealed that people are having less sex since the pandemic began, even if a couple spends most of their time together. Their anxiety prevents them from engaging in intimate relationships. Laxman Narasimhan, the boss of Reckitt Benckiser, the company that owns Durex, revealed that condom sales fell in most markets. People living in the same house are too stressed out about the pandemic’s effects to have sex, and those isolated in different households, simply cannot meet.
But there are some ways you can have fun while stuck at home, without exposing yourself to coronavirus.
Read the books you’ve been putting off
You have all the time in the world to read the books you’ve been adding to your TBR list for years. If you didn’t purchase any before getting into the lockdown, don’t worry, most retailers still work, only that it takes longer for them to deliver the goods. Or you can simply try out a Kindle e-reader or an app. The good part about the lockdown is that many online stores cut down their prices, so you can now purchase classic books like Ulysses, The Great Gatsby, or The Master and Margarita at half of the amount they previously asked. Or you can re-read one of your favorite series like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Mortal Instruments, The Lord of the Rings, or A Game of Thrones. You can even start a new series from the ones every bookstagrammer is buzzing about like Cinder, Shatter Me, Lux, or Grisha.
If you feel like your anxiety is affecting your sex life and you want something to stir up your senses, then dive into books like Fifty Shades, Gabriel’s Inferno, Fighting fir Love, or Wicked Lovers. If you isolate with your parents, your mother’s library may have some hidden erotic gems like Comanche Moon or Capture the Wind.
See all the movies on your watchlist
Movie theatres are shut down, but you can register with a streaming platform and access thousands of hours of video content when you’re in the mood to chill with your cat on the couch. If you’re a binge-watcher, movie series like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Fast and the Furious, Batman, Avengers, Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, and The Hunger Games, are only some of the classic names you can add to your list. Or you can start a new TV series like Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, The Crown, The Blacklist, Peaky Blinders, Stranger Things, or any NCIS, CSI version.
If you want to spice up the things with your partner, you can watch a steamy movie like Fifty Shades of Grey, Addicted, 365 Days, or After. 365 Days has become the most-watched movie on Netflix, and if you skipped it until now, the pandemic is the perfect opportunity to check it out. Michele Morrone and Anna Maria Sieklucka bring all your guilty pleasures to surface.
Start a blog
It’s easy to start a blog these days, and the fact that everyone is locked inside their houses boosts your chances to grow a public rapidly. Use the blog as your journal to document how it’s going in isolation, or discuss your favourite subjects.
Use the blog as a mean to connect with other people. You can open threads about the latest books you read or movies you watched, and invite people to share their opinions. Who knows, maybe you attract so many visitors you can monetize the blog.
If you want to discuss more serious issues, check the list of topics people are reading these days. You can write articles about real estate, technology, medical issues, or insurance. Supposing you pick insurance as your main topic for your blog, it would be useful if you also include insurance quotes online to help people compare offers and select the best one for them.
If you’re an active individual, staying at home may be daunting because you cannot engage in the activities you love the most. But even if your gym is closed and you’re not allowed to run the park, you shouldn’t stop working out. Install an app like Alive or Fit with Iulia and create a home workout that keeps you in top shape. Iulia Danilova, the creator of Fit, has managed to get back in shape at home, after giving birth to her second child, so it should be easy-peasy for you to maintain your figure. You don’t even need fancy equipment; you can work the full body with a few resistance bands and dumbbells.
Small screen erotic
Watching erotic movies with your partner is an effective solution for lack of sex life. But the key is to find porn movies that match both your tastes because you don’t want to project your own preferences and then engage in awkward conversations about why you kept those subjects secret before. Go with a soft porn movie that also includes a storyline so you can follow together both the plot and the steamy scenes. Many movies contain more than a stilted conversation between the delivery boy and sexy girl next door, just a bare night for all.
Also, intense porn can be off-putting for one of you and even make you raise internal questions about your abilities to satisfy your partner. Watching small screen erotic movies should be fun and unearth temptations.