Whether it’s your top love language or not, spending quality time with your partner is an essential part of any healthy relationship. However, finding time for yourself—let alone for others—can be much harder than it seems.
We are often overwhelmed by the busy lives we live. And sometimes, this can mean your partner isn’t getting as much attention as they deserve. While it is true that your partner should understand that your dreams should come first, that doesn’t mean you disregard them completely.
To maintain healthy relationships, it’s important to set aside some quality time to focus on just you two (or more if you’re in a polyamorous relationship). This helps keep the love alive and allows you to grow as a couple. With that said, here are some ways you can spend more quality time with your partner.
1. Set Regular Date Nights
No matter what stage of the relationship you’re in, taking your partner out on a date is essential. As the relationship progresses, couples tend to fall out of the pattern of going out on dates. While staying at home with your partner is nice, having regular date nights is also a good thing.
You should never really stop dating your partner, even if you’ve been together for years. Regular date nights can help keep the flame of romance alive and bring some excitement into the usual routine. It also reminds you to have fun and experience new things with your partner.
Now, there are many things you can do for date night. And it doesn’t always have to be the same thing each time. On weeks that are a bit busier, you can ease into a simple romantic dinner where you can talk with your partner one on one. Or, if you just want to get your mind off of work and other stressful things, you can watch a movie or get a couple’s massage. If you want something different, you can plan a weekend getaway or go somewhere you’ve never been before.
2. Spend Uninterrupted Time Together
Time spent together isn’t always quality time. You can sit with your partner for hours but not talk since you are both on your phones. While there is a certain comfort in doing your own thing while still feeling your partner’s presence, it’s still a good idea to set aside time for each other.
To really bond with your partner, it’s essential to have uninterrupted quality time. This means no phones or other gadgets that may distract you. Your full attention should be on each other, as you talk about your day or whatever topic you land on. Without distractions around, you will notice your time together feels more intimate. And you will likely feel more connected by the end of it.
3. Try New Things as a Couple
It’s always a good idea to branch out from time to time. And what better way to connect with your partner in a new way than to try something neither of you has tried before? Now, this doesn’t always have to be something extreme like skydiving. There are many things out there that you can try.
For example, you can enrol in a couple’s cooking class. Or perhaps you and your partner may want to go ballroom dancing. The point is having a shared experience or hobby with your partner. This can give you something new to talk about and even opens up opportunities to form friendships with other couples.
And the new thing you’re trying doesn’t always have to be new to both of you. Perhaps your partner already has a hobby. It can make your partner feel good if you start to show interest in something they’re really passionate about. And maybe they’ll even volunteer to teach you if you’d like. This can be a great bonding experience for both of you.
Quality time is crucial for building healthy relationships. It allows you to strengthen your relationship and grow as a couple. And so, it is always a good idea to find ways to bond with your partner and fan the flames of romance.
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