With the beginning of the new year here, we can expect to see a lot of new year’s resolutions. Go to the gym, eat healthily, put more effort into work or school - you know the drill - but have you ever thought about relationship resolutions? Whether you’ve been together 6 months or 6 years every relationship can benefit from a fresh set of intentions.
Below are 5 relationship resolutions you can set this year!
Ditch the Distractions
We all see the couples on social media posting “date night” selfies and you may roll your eyes, but they just may be on to something. When you and your spouse have busy schedules or work opposite hours you may have to set aside dedicated time to spend together. It may be a picnic in the living room eating your favorite Chinese food or a night out on the town, socially distanced of course, just be sure to ditch the distractions. Leave your phone in the car and fight the urge to check that work email. Being able to talk about your day or what’s on your mind knowing you have your partner’s full attention will make you feel closer to them!
Tell Your Partner You Appreciate Them
It may be easy to overlook the small gestures or everyday acts of kindness your partner does. Like putting your favorite coffee mug out and starting a fresh pot of coffee or putting toothpaste on your toothbrush at the end of the day but to them it’s just how they show you they love you. Show them you respect and love them by telling them how much you appreciate the little things they do for you.
Be More Physically Affectionate
Grab that hot spouse of yours and give them a big kiss when they walk through the door. Physical affection is linked to the releasing of dopamine, the feel-good hormone. Who doesn’t want more feel-good hormones?
Have More Sex
Yes, we’re all busy. Yes, we’re all tired. But sex (not to mention intimacy) is good for your health, your mood, and your relationship. Higher rates of sexual activity are linked to positive changes, such as lower blood pressure, reduced stress, greater intimacy, and even a lower divorce rate. You probably don’t need much convincing on this one but hey while you’re at it, try a new position or play out a sexual fantasy you’ve always wanted to try.
Cook Dinner Together
Preparing a meal together can be incredibly romantic. Open a bottle of wine, put on some music, talk about your day, and spend some uninterrupted quality time together. You will get to practice teamwork in the relationship and experience new foods together. Once you sit down to eat together you will be proud of what you made as a couple and it’s a pretty low maintenance date night. That's a win-win!
Whether you’ve been together 6 months or 6 years, implementing some relationship resolutions can ensure you’re going to have a great new year together!