Time is a commodity we never seem to have enough of. Taking care of your children, holding down a job, and juggling chores and social obligations are enough to keep you so busy that you forget to spend alone time with your significant other. While taking time out for your partner can sometimes feel like just one more thing you need to do, it is important to realize the value of this time in nurturing your relationship and keeping it strong. The relaxing and fun moments you have with your partner are critical to surviving the occasional bumps in the road you experience as a couple. Below are some suggestions for ways to take time out for your significant other.
- Create an Intimate Night in– With some planning, you can create a night in as enjoyable as one you could have out on the town. Once you have put the kids to bed early, change into your best outfit and open a bottle of wine. Then, make your partner’s favorite meal (or order in) and dine by candlelight to set a romantic mood. Afterward, you can watch a movie both of you have been wanting to see while cuddling on the couch.
- Work Out Together– Working out always seems to go more quickly when you have someone with you, and what better person than your partner? Many gyms offer childcare services, which will give you both time to play racquetball, run on the treadmill, or lift weights. As a bonus, breaking a sweat together just may put your mind on bedroom activities for later on in the day.
- Take a Vacation– There is no better way to spend quality time with someone than when you are away from the rush of your everyday lives. Family vacations that offer some options for child care, such as cruises and ski resorts, are highly recommended for some additional alone time.