Periodic lack of electricity is the new reality of Ukrainians. However, we have already dealt with so many terrible problems that we can adjust life now! We are sure that even without electricity you can find something to do and have fun. Ago Chanfashion has prepared for you a list of ideas that will help you not only to have fun and pass the time during blackouts, but also to spend these hours with benefit for your relationship with your loved one.
How best to deal with fan (and unplanned) outages?
Accept the situation. The first and important step. Yes, now this is part of our reality, so we have to adapt to it and try to enjoy life despite any circumstances.
Plan more flexibly. A rigid and well-thought-out schedule no longer works, because blackouts and air alarms do not have a fixed schedule. Adapt the planning of your affairs in such a way that most points can be moved depending on the circumstances. This will reduce the stress and guilt of not being able to stick to tight deadlines due to events beyond your control.
Prepare housing. Stock up on candles, charge power banks on time, have a supply of technical water — why are we telling you this? 🙂 We are sure that you have read these mandatory tips in hundreds of Telegram channels, so you know the recommendations better than we do. We advise you not to neglect these things, because they can make your life much easier during this period and reduce the stress of a power outage.
Develop a plan. Consider with your partner and alone what household or work tasks you can do without electricity and water, as well as what you can do in the dark hours. You can prepare non-electric items for entertainment ahead of time: for example, buy a crossword puzzle, puzzles or a board game. And we will give more ideas for leisure later.
What to do with a partner when the lights are turned off?
If the outage occurred during the day and in good weather, it’s time to go for a walk. Look around for cozy courtyards or parks, walk along new paths, changing the usual route. Explore the area, find generator-powered coffee shops, observe the lives of those around you, and just enjoy the air and each other’s company. Walks become much more pleasant when you are in no rush.
Yes, “rescuing” thawed dumplings with potatoes is also a romantic dinner, if you light candles at the same time 🙂 Prepare dinner together from products that can spoil quickly without a refrigerator, and then enjoy a slow meal without YouTube and movies — just talking alone with one
Sport gives our body a whole hormonal cocktail, which will only benefit your morale. And training in pairs will make warm-up more fun! Do couple yoga, arrange a competition to see who can stand the longest in the bar, or try to go for a couple run in the park. After it, you can reward yourself with a winning cake 🙂 However, when choosing an activity, pay attention to whether it will be possible to take a hot shower at home in the absence of electricity.
Co-creating anything is a powerful tool for boosting any relationship, including a couple. If the power outage caught you in daylight, and you also had time to prepare in advance, you can do something creative together. Draw a picture together with your hands without using brushes or try to draw in turn, complementing each other’s pictures. Make a humorous appliqué from clippings from old magazines or newspapers. At least organize a fashion show, collecting the strangest bows from the available clothes 🙂 The main thing is to enjoy the process and each other.
Due to the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the enormous stress of war, we may feel a lack of time for heart-to-heart conversations. Well, when to talk about feelings, if so much needs to be decided here and now? But the lack of electricity can provide such an opportunity, albeit forced.
If you feel a lack of topics or simply do not know where to start, you can use the questionnaire “36 questions to fall in love”. In general, it began with an experiment where two strangers answered these questions together in turn, and then looked into each other’s eyes for several minutes. The study showed that these questions helped to feel emotional closeness and to trust even a stranger, but also for couples who have been together for a long time, this list will help to become closer and deepen their connection. The main thing is to be ready for dialogue, because some topics are quite difficult, and to answer honestly.
Dreams and plans
Now we all live in times of great uncertainty and destruction of plans. But let’s look at it from the other side: now there is an opportunity to clear up old goals and ideas about the future that have become irrelevant, to reconsider your values and dreams about the future life. Talk it over with your loved one, as you now imagine a happy picture of what will happen after victory. Perhaps you have thought about travel, career changes or revised your views on a comfortable pace of life? Or maybe there was just a wild desire to get a dog 🙂
This year showed by a terrible example that everything is possible. But it works not only in the direction of negativity, but also positive events and changes, right? Dream together about new happy times that are getting closer every hour.
Have you given free rein to your inner child for a long time? It’s time to remember what pastimes you enjoyed as a child and recreate them now. A tic-tac-toe, a sea battle, hide and seek, even building a hut out of blankets and chairs! Various board games are also suitable. However, we recommend that you study the rules in advance, because without light it can be problematic to understand the instructions 🙂
In addition to the obvious fun, such nonsense can have a good effect on the general psychological state. Children’s behavior helps the nervous system to release tension and let go of control for a while. Such a bridge to a carefree childhood will stir up pleasant memories and lift your mood, and can also lead to conversations about this pleasant stage of life, which will bring you even closer to your loved one.
Work on looseness
And now to the adult games 🙂 Comfortable darkness and the absence of distracting electronic gadgets is a great opportunity to spend time with each other without rushing anywhere. In such a romantic and relaxed atmosphere, it is much easier to tune in to intimate topics to improve your sex life. You can discuss experiments that you would like to try, or try some of them in practice right away.
You can also prepare fans for couples in advance, when there will be a stable connection to the Internet. Such games can at least entertain you and put you in a playful mood, and can even bring something new to your intimate relationships.