Think back to the time when spending more quality time with your spouse and family was all you ever wanted. Now, in the thick of this lockdown, every waking moment is a reminder: be careful what you wish for! The household chores are never-ending – clean, mop, dust, dishes, laundry, cook, repeat. If you’re struggling to find that balance between working from home and working at home, you’d be at your wits ends now. Add children, in-laws and spouse to the mix, and you have a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.
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You could swear you’re just one ‘let’s make Chinese for dinner’ request away from biting your partner’s head off. This lack of space and ‘me’ time is causing an unprecedented spike in your frustration. You’re snapping at each other a lot more, bickering over trivial things, and driving each other up the wall by simply drawing a breath.
Sounds familiar? Well, it’s not your fault. After all, you’ve not seen another soul besides your immediate family for over two weeks now and that goes against the grain of human nature. In times like these, any virtual connection to the outside world can be a whiff of fresh air. Even more so, if that connection is stirring some excitement into your dull, drab routine.
Harmless Flirting Can Save Your Marriage
Given that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, we look at 5 ways harmless flirting can help save your marriage during this lockdown:
Being caught up in the rigmarole of grease, dust and grime, worn-out clothes, and catering to never-ending demands of work and home life can send your sense of self-worth plummeting. Amid this, an innocuous text from an old flame or a long-standing crush can just be the boost you need to lift your spirits and feel good about yourself.
2. Fire up sexual passions
Perhaps you and your partners were getting on with it every single day during the first few days of the lockdown, but then the sexual energies just plateaued and lack of physical intimacy is only adding to your irritability. Now imagine, you initiate a chat with someone you’ve had the hots for and the conversation takes a naughty turn. You discuss your sexual fantasies or share your experiences, and suddenly, your loins are burning with passion. Rest assured, it’ll lead to some hot, steamy action between you and your partner.
And what’s treading on to a little grey area for a good orgasm!
3. A reason to look good
Looking good is half the battle won when it comes to feeling good about oneself. All these days you may not have had the motivation to change out of your PJs and wear something nice, blow dry your hair and put some makeup one. But what if the person you’re flirting with wants you to send them photos or get on a video call? That’s motivation enough to work on your appearance. When you do, it’ll work wonders for your mood too.
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4. A reason to smile
Imagine you’re in the kitchen chopping veggies and cursing the human appetite or working on a never-ending presentation and cursing your bosses, suddenly your phone chimes and this person has dropped a text just to say they’re thinking of you and followed it up with a kiss emoji. That ought to bring a smile to your face, make you blush like a teenager, and suddenly – albeit fleetingly – make you forget about the pressures of daunting.
Flirtatious texts can make you blush like a teenager
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5. An escape from reality
We all need a break from our lives now and again, and that’s really no reflection of how we feel about the life we’ve built for yourself. Spending a few minutes every day to talk to this person about things that are as far removed from reality as can be – a discussion about a book or movie you both love, imagining what it’d be like if you both ever took a trip together or discussing the possibility of a one-night stand – can be that much needed fantastical escape that helps you maintain your sanity and prepare you to handle the real world with more patience and compassion.
If you do choose to go down this path, make sure to leave no trail behind because what you see as harmless flirting may not sit well with your partner who may already be feeling driven to the edge. Play it smart, stay indoors, stay safe!