Six Ways To Keep Your Relationship Alive
Posted On Jun 01, 2016
The thrill that comes with the beginning of a new relationship will always make you feel like you’re on top of the world. The ongoing series of whimsical dates, the sweet messages that leave you smiling from ear to ear, and the foot pop at the end of each goodnight kiss are all unforgettable moments carved in your memory for a lifetime.
The problem is, the beginning of anything must always come to an end. As the newness of relationships begins dwindling down, you may begin to feel distant from your partner. In many cases, most people use this opportunity to seek excitement in other people or as an excuse to leave the relationship.
Rather than throwing in the towel, it’s important to recognize that there are several ways to keep your relationship as fresh and exciting as the first date.
Keep the surprises coming
It’s great to be comfortable with your partner, but when you’re too comfortable to care about your partner’s love language and what makes them happy, things can get problematic. Make the time to surprise your partner in little ways as a reminder of your love and appreciation for them. Whether it’s a surprise date night, a gift, or a trip to the nail salon, keeping the spontaneity in your relationship is always the first step to never losing the excitement.
Don’t Stop Dating
Remember when dinner and movies was a weekly tradition in the initial phase of dating? Well, this should never stop. It’s easy to trade in a pair of movie tickets for Netflix these days, but sitting on the couch week after week can often get dull. Get dressed up and go on regular dates to keep things interesting. Dating doesn’t always come with a price tag, there’s always picnics at your local park, taking the dog for a walk, or visiting a museum. The opportunities are endless!
Verbalize your feelings
Words of affirmation should be a top priority in any relationship. Don’t get trapped into thinking that your partner “already knows how you feel.” Let your partner know how much you care by telling them. Tell your partner you love them often and you’ll see a dramatic difference in your partner’s communication level and overall state of satisfaction. Actions aren’t the only thing that matter, words are powerful so use them.
Enjoy Group Dates
Spending time with couples who have healthy relationships can be extremely beneficial to your relationship. Associate yourself with couples who share similar interests and values and plan group dates. Not only will it reinforce the importance of commitment, but it will also give you the chance to learn different perspectives and views and teach you ways to improve your relationship.
Try something new together
Engaging in new activities with your partner will foster growth in your relationship. Whether it’s something as simple as cooking classes or exciting as skydiving, spending time with your partner in new ways will keep things exciting and allow you to have different things to discuss.
Sharing is Caring
Create goals that you can work on together as a couple and set deadlines to get them done. Whether you choose a financial goal of ultimately buying a house or fitness goals to shed some pounds, sharing common goals and plans will introduce a new level of commitment and allow you to elevate your level of support for your partner.
Relationships are hard work, but once both partners are willing to do anything it takes to make it work, sparks will always fly.
Remember “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it.”
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