For most couples, the term “to-do” pertains to everything except our relationships. Calendars are filled with tasks related to our job/career or personal appointments ranging from manicures to social events. Not to mention those of us with with children; that’s another post altogether. One thing that many couples seem to neglect is the task of scheduling quality time for one another.
How often do we schedule quality time for our significant other? Many couples believe eating dinner at home or having a conversation at bedtime is more than enough to count as “quality time” together. Ummm, not so fast! The truth is that these things may not contribute to your relationship in the way you’d hope.
You should ensure that you are able to schedule quality time with your significant other. It has been beneficial in our marriage and worth the added effort. Here are a few reasons why we are fans of having a date night.
It Will Strengthen Your Bond
Being able to spend some quality time together is going to help strengthen the bond you have with your partner. Consistently scheduled “date” and outings with your partner reaffirms you commitment to relationship and shows that you value time spent together. This is always important because the stronger the bond, the better the odds of overcoming obstacles throughout the relationship. It is so much easier to get through tough times with someone you love and trust.
You Can Grow Together
Often, couples grow apart over time and don’t realize it’s happened until it’s too late. The best date nights are those in which you are able to learn and/or experience something new, together. This can be anything from learning how to ballroom dance to learning the game of chess. Think of new activities for upcoming dates and go for it. It’s not so important if the activity doesn’t go as you imagine because sometimes conversation regarding that shared experience foster growth in the relationship. The focus should be on the fact that you are doing something new, together.
It Will Help Both of You Relax
A big issue with many relationships is that both people are usually stressed due to external issues and that stress can have a very negative effect on the relationship too. The good thing about date nights is that it allows you both a chance to relax and to get rid of the stress. The more you can relax together, the easier it is to handle the difficult times and the stressful things you have to experience outside of your relationship.
Examples of a relaxing date night can include a couple’s massage, exercising together, or planning a romantic dinner and movie. The good news is that all of the relaxing ideas can be accomplished at home.
Better Relationships with Others
When your relationship with your partner is going well, your relationship with others are typically better. That’s because we are more likely to have the patience to work out our differences with others when we are able to have a good relationship with those closest to us. No one is closer to us than the person we live with and the person we call our life partner. Keeping things running smooth with date nights could prove beneficial in other aspects of your life, including interactions with other people.
Final Thoughts and Ideas
Maintaining a good relationship is something that requires some effort from both parties involved. The good news is that date nights are a fun way to maintain that magic and keep the spark alive. Some of the best experiences are volunteer outings because they often involve teamwork with your partner. Moreover, you’ll have a better sense of well-being due to your efforts and contribution to a cause.
When planning your “dates” with your loved one, be mindful that it doesn’t require you to spend tons of money or be overly romantic. However, it does require consistency. You can go out for a romantic walk, go to the movies, visit a theme park, or try something new. Here is a list of date night ideas to consider. The options are vast and this helps keep things fresh, too. Enjoy your date nights with the one who loves you.
Do you have any date night ideas and or experiences to share? Sound off, below!