We’ve all been there; you meet someone, fall in love and the romance blossoms.
So after that initial honeymoon period ends, what next? It’s so easy to slip back into the comfortable stage, life takes over and commitments pile up, leaving very little time to enjoy each other’s company.
Keeping the romance alive doesn’t mean you have to always give massive tokens of love or go through the motions with traditional gestures at birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas.
The little things all count and something simple can give you that little moment of intimacy, perfect to rekindle your romance, when life gets in the way.
1. Behave like children
You might be responsible adults now, but why shouldn’t you have as much fun as you did when you were kids? Taking time out to have fun together is a great way to reconnect.
Go to the zoo, laugh at the monkeys getting up to no-good, take photos of you with funny-looking creatures in the background and feed the animals in the petting area, it’s all good fun!
2. Go for lots of walks together
The best way to relax and enjoy each other’s company is to get out and about on foot. Whether that’s a hike in the mountains of Snowdonia or a gentle wander throughout the enchanting woodlands of the New Forest. You’ll find beautiful walks, views and scenery to enjoy and no-doubt you’ll find the perfect spot to watch the sunset, how romantic!
3. Make each other laugh
It’s pretty easy really, but finding the time to relax and make each other laugh is a simple way to rekindle those warm fuzzies. Turn off your phone and don’t even think about work. Instead focus on making each other laugh, no one likes someone who is serious all the time and can’t let go of the real world.
4. Get on your bike
Whether that’s a tandem bike or your own bike, go out for the day and ride carefree through the countryside, stopping at pretty village pubs for a drink along the way. If you haven’t ridden a bike for a couple of years, this is the perfect opportunity to get back in the saddle – and provide each other with a couple of laughs.
5. Go out for a romantic meal
Might sound cliché, but treat yourselves to a romantic dinner for two. Whether you’d enjoy a slap up meal in a fancy restaurant or fish and chips down your local chippy, do whatever you feel comfortable doing, but make sure you agree on the choice!
6. Cook a meal together
Buy a load of really tasty ingredients and cook something up together, if you don’t get in each other’s way then bonus! If you find one person is always cooking, why not switch it up in future and share the burden, you never know if you might actually enjoy doing it.
7. Go on holiday
Might sound like an easy one, but really relaxing and spending time together on holiday sometimes still gets put on the back burner. Book somewhere secluded, peaceful and relaxing for some quality one to one time with no interruptions.
8. Do absolutely nothing
It’s important for couples to be able to sit and do nothing together without an awkward silence. Nothing meaning – no work or household chores. So spend a couple of evenings relaxing in front of the TV with a bottle of wine. Watch a film together, read a book or play a board game.
9. Give each other space
You don’t have to be with each other 24/7. Take some time just for you, whether that be reading a book in the sunshine or heading off separately at the shops to indulge your different interests. Don’t forget you’re an individual too.