Once the first spark of romance has passed, it generally takes a little more effort to keep that sense of love and passion alive. However, there are numerous ways to reconnect with each other and put some life back into your relationship.
1. Take your partner on a random date and have some couple time.
Even if you have known your partner for a long period, you should make an effort to go out on a date together every once in a while. Arrange to meet somewhere, arrive separately and find out about each other all over again. Maintaining that element of surprise in your relationship keeps things alive and flourishing and recreating your first date scenario reminds you of what attracted you to each other in the first place.
2. Ensure you communicate effectively.
Simple communication is the basis of a successful relationship. Turn off the television, put down your book and just have a chat with your significant other. Talk about how your day was, exciting plans you have for the day or week ahead, and common interests. But, remember that you probably need to take time out to do this, as busy lifestyles often mean you miss out on time like this unless you consciously set some aside. Communication is one of the most important parts of a relationship, so include it in everyday life.
Communication can take other forms asides from talking. Most people enjoy receiving a thoughtful letter or email and something as personal as this can make a big difference; so why not make that special someone’s day. Listening is just as important as talking, therefore, if one of you has something you need to say – no matter how trivial it may seem – then the other needs to take the time and listen properly.
3. Spend some time apart.
In a similar vein, spending time apart is equally as important as spending quality time together. Allowing time apart and a little bit of space from each other helps to get the best out of your relationship – and as always, it gives you something different and interesting to talk about at the end of the day.
4. Appreciate your partner’s efforts.
Remembering to show gratitude to your partner is another simple relationship improving tactic. It is second nature to thank strangers or work colleagues, but it’s easy to forget to do the same for your partner. A small gesture of thanks goes a long way and often it is the simple things in relationships that keep everything in check.
5. Work to better your relationship.
An intimate relationship is essentially a partnership so make sure you always work as a team. Therefore, don’t blame each other for things that may have gone wrong. By all means, recognise your mistakes or downfalls, but use this realisation as a positive and work together to move on and improve the future.
Regardless if you have been in a relationship for years or if you’ve only just started dating, remember this advice. If you put as much energy and determination into making your existing relationship work as you would put into a new relationship, then you could be onto a good thing.