One of the hardest things that many people face when they’re in a long-term relationship is the fading of that initial spark or the ending of the “honeymoon period.”
This is a natural progression of a relationship, and what was once exciting and intense will usually become placid and calmer, you’ll often spend less time being intimate and more time watching Netflix, and may even find yourselves bickering over who will do certain chores.
The realisation that your relationship is entering into this stage can be a hard one, however there are a few ways you can reintroduce this romance and keep boredom and dissatisfaction at bay:
Spend more Time Together
This may seem obvious, but if you’re aiming for more romance, you’ll need to actually spend some quality time getting to know each other again. Often we can get caught up in the everyday needs of kids, work, housework and friends, and fail to make enough time for each other.
One great way to rekindle this romance is to choose a romantic stay in a luxury holiday cottage. You’ll enjoy excellent amenities in beautiful locations, including enchanting, rural retreats where you can take long walks, make dinner together, enjoy wine in front of the fire, and reconnect over a weekend (or week) away.
Treat Every Day Like it’s Special
We often get exhausted after working all day and dealing with kids, but it’s a good idea to ditch the flannel pajamas and instead put on a pretty nighty or cute tank top and shorts. Watch a movie together, light some candles, take a bath, and commit to making nice, romantic gestures as often as possible.
While many singles sneer at the idea of date night, when you have a family and work commitments, it can be crucial to book this in. Hire a sitter and set a date once a week (or at least twice a month). While dinner and a movie is great, it can also get monotonous so be sure to head out to dinner with other friends as well, or try something new like a dance class or cooking lessons.
Make a commitment to avoid talking about work, the kids, or things you need to do around the house so you can focus on each other.
With everything going on in our lives, it can be hard to remember to let your special someone know that you care. Take some time to go out of your way to let your significant other know you’re thinking of them- maybe by giving them a few hours alone, buying them chocolate to cheer them up, or cooking them a special meal.
Sometimes, simply asking each other how you’re feeling and what you each need is an excellent way to start a conversation and ensure that you’re looking out for each other’s best interests along the way.