Is your relationship in a rut? In can happen to even the best couples at some point in their relationships – when the excitement is long over and you feel like things are at a standstill. With a little work, you can refresh your relationship. Read on to learn how.
Find a Hobby by Yourself
It might come as a surprise, but the time you spend nurturing your own interests and passions can actually go a long way to fixing a strained relationship. It will boost your self-confidence, help you meet new people, and (most importantly) make you feel like an individual again instead of one half of a couple. As your mother probably told you, you need to love yourself before you can properly love someone else!
Even if it’s only for a few hours a week, the time you spend apart will help you appreciate coming home to your partner even more. It will also give you something new and interesting to talk about over dinner, which is always a challenge when you spend all your time together.
Find a Hobby Together
Do you and your partner participate in any activities together? Watching television doesn’t count, but it’s a common rut that many couples find themselves in, especially for couples who live together. When you see each other all the time, it’s easy to mistake being in the same room as spending time together. It’s not.
A shared hobby will help you communicate in different ways, which will strengthen your relationship while having fun along the way. It can also help you make other couple-friends, which is important. Try joining a team sport together, volunteering at a local animal shelter, or trying something out of your comfort zones, like ballroom dancing.
Plan a Special Day
I once knew a couple who, each week, would take turns planning an entire day of surprise activities for the other person. Imagine that! “Date night” might seem like a forced idea, but it’s absolutely essential, especially for those trying to refresh their relationship. It’s what you did at the beginning of your relationship, when you were absolutely head-over-heels for one another. Rekindle that spark by going on a special date once a week.
Show That You Care
At the end of the day, it’s the little things that can either make or break a relationship. A negative comment, lack of attention, or leaving your dirty socks on the floor may seem small, but after months and years, they can be the reason you break up. On the other hand, coming home with flowers, holding hands when you’re walking, and leaving each other love notes doesn’t take much time or money, but it can go a long way to making your significant other feel special. Try to do one nice thing each day, however small. These acts may be small, but they can make big improvements to your relationship.