If you've been together for a year, or ten years, I'm sure some of the romance between you and your loved one has simmered down. But don't worry, because you can always re-ignite that spark! If you follow these six guidelines, you will surely be back in honeymoon bliss!
1. Go on bi-weekly date nights.
Making time for each other is sure to keep your relationship going strong. But having too much time together can make you take each other for granted. Going out bi-weekly gives you a chance to sit on the couch and binge on Netflix together in your PJs, but it also allows you to really gussy up for a night out.
2. Spend time apart.
Not many couples realize that spending too much time together can be detrimental to their romance. If you've ever taken a business trip, you'll know that just a few days can feel like many spent away from your love. Spending a night alone isn't the most pleasant, but sometimes it is necessary. We often take our loved ones for granted the most, and spending a few days apart a month can help prevent that.
3. Voice your appreciation for each other.
This is something that you and your partner should practice daily. If your boyfriend did the dishes, let him know how much you appreciate it! It is easy to let household chores go unnoticed, but it may leave you both feeling under appreciated, and that will make for a real decrease in romance. If you have a hard time remembering to acknowledge each other's hard work, take 10 minutes out of the day to sit down together and think of one thing you really appreciate about the other person for the day. It really will go a long way.
4. Have a greeting routine.
When you see someone constantly, it becomes habit to acknowledge their presence with just a hello. This can leave both you and your loved one feeling under appreciated. To prevent that habit from forming, make a hello routine. For example, when my husband comes home from work, I will stop what I'm doing (if the task allows) to give him a hug and a kiss at the door. This helps keep that spark alive, and it will give you both something to look forward to when you come home from a long day!
5. Nurture yourself.
Your partner wants you to be taken care of, and this starts with yourself. Light some candles and take a bubble bath to ease your body and mind. Go for a run when you feel stressed. Taking time to treat yourself before your relationship can be beneficial in the long run. Instead of taking your bad day at work out on your partner, partake in healthier alternatives. If your partner does the same on an individual level, you will both be so much more eager to come together happy and healthy.
6. Leave some things up to mystery.
I will be the first one to tell you that peeing in front of each other is not going to wreck your relationship. But, when you get ready for your date night, think about hiding away until you are both ready to go. Instead of cramming into the bathroom while he shaves and you to do your lashes, take turns and be discrete about it. Leading up to a big reveal is sure to give you butterflies just like the first time you saw each other.
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