There’s nothing more wonderful than knowing you’ve found love. Than looking into a person’s eyes and knowing that this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life in. When this knowledge hits, it hits hard and it’s so intoxicating that we can assume that this feeling will last forever or that it will be enough to carry your relationship through the years. This is a sweet and romantic notion but, sorry John Lennon, love is not all you need. A relationship required maintenance and effort. It requires openness and honesty. It required communication and collaboration. And most of all, it requires you to make time for one another. This is often easier said than done, especially when we have a full time job, the demands of parenthood and pet ownership or even an additional side hustle to juggle.
Over time, it’s only natural that couples become accustomed to one another and resultantly might take one another for granted. Here we’ll look at some ways in which you can keep your relationship fresh and make quality time for one another…
It only takes a moment
It only takes a moment to make a true, meaningful and beautiful connection to your partner. To share yourself with them and remind them that they are your everything. It doesn’t necessarily require spending money or even going out. It doesn’t even necessarily mean to be something intimate or physical. The only things it needs to be are genuine and unique to your relationship. Even couples who are pushed for time and generally exhausted by life need to spare each other just a moment every day.
“Just because” presents
Flowers on your birthday and a present on your anniversary are always great. But who says that special occasions are the only time you get to demonstrate your love by the giving of gifts. They don’t need to be large or ostentatious, they just need to be a token that says “I saw this and thought of you”. If you’re stuck for inspiration check out some of these wonderfully unique gift ideas. Receiving presents makes us feel special, loved and wanted.
Don’t let date night become just another part of your routine
Many couples assign a date night once a week, once a fortnight or however often their busy schedules will allow. This is a great start, but beware. A date night can easily become just another part of your routine and if this is allowed to happen they can start to feel stale. Try to avoid sticking to the same dish at the same restaurant time after time. Sure, there’s comfort in familiarity, but when we cling to the familiar, the spice is slowly drained out of our lives. Be as spontaneous as you can, try new things and don’t be afraid to take risks together.
Don’t believe what they say, TV time is ok
You could be forgiven for thinking that watching TV together is a poor use of your free time, but there’s actually evidence to suggest that enjoying a favourite TV program can actually bring you closer together. Cuddling up on the sofa together with your favourite snacks and a good film on the telly? Sounds like Heaven to me!
There’s really no right or wrong way to spend quality time together, so long as you spare, a moment to do it.