It’s easy to show your love when you’re in the honeymoon phase of a relationship — but after the initial spark wears off, it can be tough to keep the romance alive.
But it’s not impossible. Here are some tips for keeping your relationship sparks flying all year long:
- Make sure you’re giving each other enough attention. If you’re in a relationship with someone, they should be your number-one priority. Make sure you set aside plenty of time to spend together — and that doesn’t mean just sitting on the couch watching TV while playing on your cell phone.
- Don’t forget to say “I love you.” It’s common for couples to stop saying “I love you” as much once they’ve been together a while. Don’t let this happen! You may not need to say it every day or even every week, but make sure your partner knows that you still care about them and that they still mean a lot to you.
- Always have each other’s backs. A good relationship is built on trust and loyalty, so if something happens, don’t try to cover up for it or hide it from your partner.
- Keep it spontaneous. Plan romantic dates on the spur of the moment or with little notice. Surprise your partner with an unexpected weekend getaway or a night out on the town for no reason at all.
- Do something new together. Try activities that will take both of you out of your comfort zone and give you something fun to talk about — like taking dance lessons or learning a new sport. The excitement and challenge of something new will help create stronger bonds between you and add to your shared experiences as a couple.
- Stay connected. Whether you’re in a new relationship or have been married for years, make it a point to stay connected each and every day. It doesn’t matter if you live together or are separated all day at work, you can have daily check-ins through texts, phone calls, emails and Facebook messages. These little moments will help strengthen your bond more than you know.