One surefire way to make a fiery relationship go cold and blue? Let the day pass without getting in contact with each other. Period.
The lack of time for each other is one of the most prevalent reasons for breaking up – and our hectic work schedule is commonly the culprit. With huge job demands and financial strains, it’s inevitable to become busy and stressed out the whole day. The first thing we’d love to do as soon as we leave the doors of the office is to just hit the sack and forget about everything. But your relationship, like your job, also demands attention.
Finding time to bond with our partners despite our demanding schedules is crucial in establishing a stronger, happier relationship. We’re not suggesting to splurge on an expensive romantic getaway or “get physical” every night after work to keep the spark ignited. The ways can as simple as holding each other’s hands and exchanging jokes and laughing together.
There are a lot of things happy couples do after their workday and during the weekends or their free time in order to keep their relationship intact.
Sweet kisses and warm hugs from your significant other never fail to take all the exhaustion away. Even the simplest gesture of holding your partner’s hand has the power to make your overall being better. Getting physical helps ease stress and release oxytocin a.k.a our “love hormones.” If it leads to something more? It’s even better.
Watch a comedy film, tell a joke, exchange memes, trash talk people you hate – there are a lot of fun things you could do to share the giggles. Aside from the fact that you two are able to form a stronger bond, laughter is like taking a mini spa day for your emotions. It helps lower your blood pressure, relax your muscles, boost your immune system, and trigger the release of endorphins. Merely hearing and seeing the person laugh can put your mood in a better state.
What’s more relaxing than pampering each other with a little massage?
We understand you’re both tired after a long day at work, so you don’t have to take turns about who to give and receive first. One can massage the other’s neck and shoulders while the other sits on the ground in between his/her partner’s legs and massages his/her feet. Then, exchange roles. Again, if it leads to something more, it’s even better.
Performing household chores after work isn’t the sexiest thing to do, but you can make such daunting task better when you do it with your significant other. The boring duty can be an opportunity to talk and help each other out. Cook together. Clean up the dishes together. Fix the bed or couch together. Then when you’re both relaxed, do something pleasurable, like watching a movie, playing games, or sleeping.
Board games, playing cards, and other indoor entertainment packs are anything but boring when you’re playing with your loved one. This is the perfect time to fight each other and get competitive. Aside from your old-school board games, you can also play video games and try to outdo each other in a friendly match.
Occasional movie date nights don’t have to be expensive. Instead of heading to crowded theater houses, chill at your place with popcorn and sugary drinks in hand and watch new movies and series.
Do you share the same passion for music? Are you both fascinated with photography and filmmaking? Do you enjoy doing DIY arts and crafts projects together? Not only sharing a hobby is a great way to destress after a long day at work – it’s also a nice way to boost your creative juices and make things that are valuable – sometimes profitable.
One satisfying way to relieve frayed nerves from your long day and ease into the weekend is by drinking. Light beers and cocktails would help put you in a good mood while stirring up your confidence to talk about interesting things.
Nurturing an animal could help nurture your relationship. According to the study done by the University of Buffalo, pet-owning couples are found to be closer and more able to handle stress better than their pet-less counterparts.
Walk your dog. Your pooch isn’t the only one who has been stuck indoors all day – you have been cooped up indoors all day too, so you, your partner, and your pet could use some exercise. If you’re more like a cat person, pet your furbabies.
Shake up your evening meal routine and kick it old school – picnic. Find a scenic location, like a park or picnic grove, where you can sit, eat, and lay comfortably. Disconnect from your gadgets as well and just enjoy the company of each other. Swear, sandwiches taste better when shared with your partner under the twinkling canopy of stars.
Head out for a walk together after the sunset and stay until the rest of the city sleeps. There’s something about the dark that allows people to share their deepest feelings and speak from the heart. Rest your eyes as you stare at the dark sky above you. You can also go for a photo walk and capture the vivid night scenes. Enjoy the cool evening air, while the warm arms of your loved one envelop you.
Lose yourself in some good jazz music while sipping your glass of whiskey or your favorite beverage. If chill music isn’t your thing, there are a lot of lounges and clubs to go to just to restore your vigor after work. Night outs aren’t only for friends – it’s nice to spend it with your partner who enjoys music and nightlife the same as you.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is one of the writers for The Relationship Room, a couples psychology institution specializing in relationship counseling and therapies for couples and families. When she’s not using her pen in writing self-help articles focused on love, dating, and relationships, she spends her time creating poems and screenplays, painting.