When you're just about to come back home from a long trip, your heart is way ahead of you; you just need your body to follow. Home isn't a place; home is a person! Our happy hormones are the happiest the moment we reunite with our loved one. Even Arnold wanted to be back.
This next idea is about cherishing and honoring this anticipated reunion! One of the best ways to do it is to prepare a welcome-back video. The video is about compiling pictures of the two of you into a sequence of comments and observations stitched into a story format. A good idea would be to choose funny pictures (the weirder the better). Because of all the bottled-up intense emotions, even the tiniest kind-of-funny story will make you burst into laughter (accompanied by your trademark weird noise that you emit when it’s out of control funny). The theme could be, for example, about the fact that you never have good pictures. Funny comments on each one are a must!
Canva is a super easy tool for editing videos. You can present it on an iPad placed next to a home-cooked meal.
You can also use this video as a tool for when some negative tension in the relationship needs to be released. You can keep re-watching it again and again, and again. Basically, anytime you need to feel loved.