Relationships take work, they take time and patience as well as dedication to creating memories and moments with your significant other. When you add in living with a chronic illness and trying to date and have a relationship with someone who doesn’t live with an invisible illness this can add another layer to the work needed in relationships.
Chronic illnesses, pain flares, symptoms, and general unwell-feeling days aren’t scheduled. They can’t always be predicted and don’t always care about the plans you’ve made for a specific day. Timing of chronic illness health concerns can overshadow some days of celebrations and milestones, such as an anniversary.
Finding ways to pivot, or plan ahead for an at-home date night can help with still celebrating your relationship as a couple, but in a way that can be better for complex health concerns. You can still have a romantic date night without going out, and still, find creative ways to express your love to your significant other.
How to make stay at home anniversary ideas romantic!
It’s common to think of a romantic date as something you see in a Hallmark movie. You go out and have an extravagant candle-lit dinner, horse-drawn carriage, strolling downtown hand in hand, and then end the night by laying under the stars on a blanket. Okay, well maybe that’s not the first thing that comes to mind but most of the time our idea of an anniversary date night is an evening full of romantic activities with your loved one.
You can take all that romance that you idealize for a date night out and put that into your time at home with some creative ideas. In some ways I find at-home date nights can be even more romantic, they allow privacy and allow you to be as cheesy as you want without a public audience. An added benefit for some couples is that at-home date nights can also be easier on budgets and cheaper overall which can help reduce the stress of an anniversary with less financial stress lingering.
Simple stay at home anniversary ideas
Cooking Dinner Together
A cute and fun date night idea can be as simple as cooking together. Gather your favourite recipe or find a new recipe to learn and try together. You can have fun sharing the experience of cooking and experimenting with your meal as you create it. If you are not someone who is super creative but wants a new meal you can try a meal delivery kit that will provide you with all the ingredients and a simple instruction guide to making a yummy meal together as a couple.
Cooking is an incredible at-home date night and can be adjusted as needed to fit chronic illness needs and symptoms and flares that arise. This can be adjusted and modified for comfort, and tasks involved and is inclusive of dietary requirements that may present with invisible illnesses.
At Home Dinner Date Extras
To take your date idea to the next level you can dress up your eating table with a fancy setting and some candles, and fresh flowers to create a special experience. You can also make it comfy and cozy by eating your meal on the living room floor.
Finish your meal off with some ice cream, and you can get creative by buying ahead of time some special toppings and sweets to create some dreamy ice cream sundaes together. You can even make an ice cream sundae for each other as a surprise!
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Home Videos & Photo Slideshow
What’s better than a walk down memory lane as one of your stay-at-home anniversary ideas? You can spend time together watching old films such as home videos, wedding videos, or family vacation clips. As well you can create a photo slideshow of your memories together, maybe even a first date photo, and watch a slideshow of your memories.
This idea is free and is a simple way to enjoy your evening together. You can even do this while you split a bottle of wine or some non-alcoholic beverages.
A creative additional idea is you two can create a slideshow with images of what you’d like to put on your bucket list. You can then dream up and plan the different ways you’ll start to tackle your dream ideas and bucket list ideas.
This date night at-home idea is great for those living with chronic illnesses where mobility, fatigue, and mental symptoms may be present. This is a passive activity that does not require a lot and provides a nice cozy night together with minimal demands on the body and health.
Play Video Games Together
This is a fun night that’s focused on planning for a date night games evening for you two as a couple! If you love to play video games this is a fantastic cheat date night for your anniversary! It’s a great way to spend time together and enjoy working together as a team or working on strategically winning against your partner. There is a wide range of couch co-op games that you can play together as one of your romantic stay at home anniversary ideas.
This is a fantastic idea for those who live with chronic illness and have concerns with mobility or fatigue and this option provides entertainment but with minimal demand on your body. It is of note that playing video games with brain fog or mental symptoms can be draining and challenging, so picking simpler games or games you’ve played before can help to alleviate the overwhelming stimulus if needed.
Get Creative with Music, Crafts, and Art!
Having a home date is a great time to be creative with each other, in a judgment-free zone of course! You can use your creative skills to create something homemade for your partner for your anniversary gift if you’d like, as opposed to purchasing gifts for each other. This can be a great night date or day date idea! Some examples of how to get creative together can include:
- Paint a portrait of each other
- Choose songs for each other and then create a dance for that song to present to each other
- Sing karaoke
- Make homemade instruments and create your own band
- DIY your own candles
- Make each other bracelets from string/yarn.
These date ideas are great for allowing for modification for comfort for those living with a chronic illness, or chronic pain. These can involve being up and mobile with lots of coordination and quick thinking, or can be a slower speed and less demanding with coordination and physical motion needed. Adjust as needed for your anniversary date night.
Summary of stay at home anniversary ideas
There are so many date night ideas you can do when thinking about stay at home anniversary ideas! These ideas help offer those living with chronic illness a way to enjoy time with a significant other without the stress, worry, and anxiety that come with big and grand evening nights planned out. These date nights while are incredible (and can still be done and enjoyed) can provide tons of anxiety for those whose health is unpredictable. Having options that are flexible, or alternative plans ready can help reduce anxiety and allow for a fun night anniversary home date night still.