Recent times have been trying for a whole slew of reasons. This has put a toll on relationships across the country, and even forced some couples to come apart prematurely. If you want to maintain a healthy, lasting relationship, it’s worth putting in a little bit of effort every so often, just to inject a little bit of novelty and excitement back into what might have become a little bit stale and routine, and to make your other half feel appreciated.
It’s easy to be interested in a relationship during the early stages when you’re learning new things about one another; but recreating that atmosphere five, ten, or twenty years down the line requires a little bit of strategizing and deliberation.
These gestures don’t have to be grand and expensive; even something small can be enough to demonstrate that you’re expanding some thought over the other person.
Surprise them with gifts
Small, unexpected gifts when your other half isn’t expecting them can have a considerable impact. Chocolate gifts are always going to be appreciated – just make sure you opt for something upmarket.
Say ‘I love you’
This is something that’s really easy to do, and that has a considerable impact relative to that meagre effort. If you want to heighten the impact, then you might leave little notes in places where you know your other half is likely to stumble on them. It’s effective and affecting. Of course, you shouldn’t say this if you don’t really mean it – but for most couples, this isn’t a problem.
If you’ve got bad habits, and your partner is always complaining about them, then you can make the effort to break them. Start building this into your daily routine, until it starts to feel strange that you’re not performing a given task. For example, if you’re always leaving toenail clippings in the living room, then make a point of dealing them before your partner gets back from work. Set a reminder on your phone. Better yet, stop clipping your toenails in the living room!
Support their Creative Endeavours
If your partner has a role in a local play, then go and watch it, and sell tickets to everyone you know. If their artwork is being exhibited at a local gallery, then push it via social media. This is easier if they’re actually good, but even if they’re not, you can still offer your support.
Organise Date NightSetting aside a given day out of every week (or month) will help you to maintain excitement about your relationship. Plan ahead of time, and make date night a regular thing. That way, you can arrange your other obligations around your relationship, rather than vice-versa.