While relationships aren’t perfect, there should always be an attempt to keep it going strong, if the love is still there. When life gets crazy, you need some alone time with your significant other to help you both unwind. My husband and I have found date nights to be extremely helpful in our our marriage. It helps us remember why we fell in love in the first place, and how much we enjoy each other’s company. It helps keep the spark alive. It’s also a commitment in making our relationship a priority. It’s a way to increase our communication about important things and remove everyday distractions. Let’s be honest, it’s difficult to have a discussion or focus on each other when kids, chores, work or anything else is in the way. My husband and I, are busy professionals, we also work together, which challenges our relationship even more. Planning a date night gives us something to look forward to. I personally feel that date nights increase passion and romance in our relationship.
Here are a few tips!
1. Date Night Doesn’t Need to be Extravagant
You don’t have to go to an expensive restaurant or location to have a positive impact on your marriage. Whether its heading out to your favorite ice cream shop after dinner or a local bar for happy hour, the point is to spend quality time together.
2. Plan Ahead
Make sure you both take the initiative to plan something. Set up a schedule of how often you will have a Date Night and make sure it’s in both of your calendars. Whether you set up Date Night once a week or once a month, make sure you alternate the responsibility on making plans. Date Nights should not be controlled by one individual.
3. Dress Up
Wear some heels, put on his favorite dress, flirt a little. Treat date night as if you guys just started dating. This will help keep the passion alive!
4. Avoid Distractions
Sometimes it’s easy to just get away and leave things behind, but depending on your situation, this might not always be an option. As much as I prefer to go and avoid household distractions, sometimes it’s just nice to stay home and relax in our backyard or living room. Make sure you put the kids to bed, turn off your phones (very important), turn on some music, open up a nice bottle of wine, prepare a cheese platter and enjoy each other’s company.