In the whirlwind of modern life, sometimes our romantic relationships can take a seat on the back burner. After all, with so many things to do and think about individually, sometimes our connection with our partner gets lost. Throw in a couple of kids, a full-time job, and a couple of social engagements, and maybe you hardly see each other at all!
Unfortunately, a lack of connection can ultimately lead to the demise of your relationship. And while it’s perfectly natural to lose your connection from time to time, the key is taking action to find your way again and reconnect even after a period of emotional distance. If you and your partner have been feeling less than fusional lately, then here are some ways to rekindle the flame.
Schedule a Meal Together
Often our busy schedules make it difficult to do something as simple as eat a meal together. However, sometimes the most meaningful moments in a relationship are spent in the kitchen. Whether you order take out, or you cook a delicious home cut me all, schedule at least a few meals together during the week. This special time together is a moment to discuss your day, and also engage in a traditional ritual together, solidifying that you are in a relationship.
Go on a Date
Although spending time at home can be wonderful, and undoubtedly convenient, particularly when you have kids, going outside is also important. It allows you to see new sights, try new things, and focus solely on each other. The best part is dates can involve all sorts of different activities. Whether you go to the park for a picnic, or go see a movie, the idea is to do something together outside of the house that you both enjoy.
This one is so simple, yet so incredibly important— practice active listening any time you and your partner are talking. All too often we’re simply ships passing in the night and hardly hear each other when we communicate.
Take time to solely focus on what your partner is saying, and ask them to do the same thing in return. By taking the time to truly hear what your partner is saying, you’ll foster a deeper connection and sense of understanding. Part of this involves eliminating any other distractions, so make sure you put away your phones if you really want to hear what they’re saying.
Learn Something Together
Learning something together is unique— because unlike doing something together, learning something together means you’re both in a space of curiosity and wonder. You’re embarking on a new adventure by learning something new which creates a sense of camaraderie. Tackling a new activity creates a sense of partnership and teamwork that can be incredibly rewarding for a couple.
Prioritizing intimacy is an important part of maintaining closeness in a relationship. Remember, intimacy isn’t always limited to the bedroom. Intimacy can be something as simple as holding hands or kissing each other on the forehead before going to work. Sometimes intimacy doesn’t even have to involve touching at all. Something as simple as a heartfelt talk can be incredibly intimate and bring you closer than ever.