The life of a working woman such as yourself can get busy without the spark alive. You likely have lots of responsibilities at work, chores to finish at home, and a seemingly endless list of errands for anything and everything. By the time you get home or are done with domestic responsibilities, you barely have time for a meaningful conversation with your partner.
While it’s important to juggle your professional, personal, and familial commitments, it’s equally crucial to keep the spark alive in your romantic relationship. After all, it’s a valuable part of your life, one that can only grow if you spend enough time together. If you’re struggling to figure out ways to strengthen the bond between the two of you, don’t fret. Here are a few practical and thoughtful ways you can keep your love for one another burning brightly:
Surprise Each Other with Random Gifts
Treating your partner to a thoughtful gift, even if there isn’t any occasion or event that warrants it, shows that you care about them and pay attention to the finer details.
To do this, observe what your partner is going through and feeling on a typical day. Have they been standing for hours while doing the household chores? Do they look exhausted after walking or driving home from work or constantly putting their feet up because of leg pain and swelling?
Apart from checking in on them when they express or show signs of physical pain or tiredness, you can surprise them with a thoughtful gift to ease their body aches. If your partner often complains about pain in their legs and feet, for example, you can get them compression crew socks such as Burlix men’s casual socks. These kinds of socks improve blood circulation in the lower limbs and help reduce swelling.
Schedule Special Intimacy Dates
Intimacy dates involve activities that encourage a physical connection and help you both go beyond just touching and talking to show affection. As much as possible, try penciling in time for these dates in your calendars, particularly during days when you can both be physically present and focus on your intimate connection. Your date doesn’t necessarily have to end in physical intimacy, either. What’s important is that you both took the time to reignite that physical connection.
Do an Activity You Both Love Together
Did you and your partner meet because of a common hobby like working out, hiking, or visiting museums? Or is there an activity you both happen to enjoy like cooking, baking, or dancing?
Whatever the case may be, try setting up a date when you and your partner can engage in an activity you both love. This is because working toward similar goals—even if they’re as simple as finishing a workout routine or completing a difficult jigsaw puzzle—can deepen your connection with one another. You and your partner also get to bond in a setting that you both enjoy. Most of all, you’ll both have a lot of interesting things to talk about after the date is over.
Communicate in Your Partner’s Love Language
Did you know that you and your partner may have different love languages? According to Gary Chapman, there are five love languages: acts of service, physical touch, quality time, gift-giving, and words of affirmation.
If you have yet to know your own love language, try to observe your actions or words whenever you’re trying to be generous or appreciative to your partner. And instead of expecting your partner to show love in the same language as yours, recognize their unique love language and pay more attention to how they express their appreciation for you.
Once you’ve both figured out your respective love languages, look for more opportunities to show or express it in your preferred manners. Make sure to thank your partner every time they show you their love in their particular language, too.
Be Expressive and Honest About Your Needs
Communication is a two-way street. You can’t expect your partner to read your mind and come up with solutions to anything you feel the relationship is lacking in if you don’t tell them what’s wrong in the first place.
The thing is, being more open with your partner and putting in the effort to communicate clearly is key to rekindling your relationship. So, be honest with your partner regarding any problems you may have with the relationship and what you need from your partner to keep the spark alive. Perhaps you want them to show more physical affection or help around the house, for example. Maybe you feel like you’re drifting apart from each other or not working toward the same common goal anymore. Whatever the case may be, take the time to sit down and talk to one another about what you’re looking for in the relationship, and what should be done to resolve any issues either party has.
While your day-to-day responsibilities may make you feel like there’s never enough time to spare, you should still try your best to make room in your life for your partner. After all, a healthy, happy relationship takes time and effort. If you want to keep the spark alive, you’ll have to make that commitment to the most important person in your busy life. Fortunately, the spark is easy to reignite and keep burning as long as you make small and sustainable efforts like the suggestions above.