Being in a long term relationship is the best. There’s no shyness or awkwardness, you can completely and utterly be yourself. Your partner becomes like your best friend, the person who knows you more than anyone else in the world. The only problem is, keeping the spark alive can sometimes be an issue. You might be comfortable with each other, but you also want that romance and excitement. You want to know that you’re still partners, not just friends or people who live in the same house. Here are just a few of the ways you can help to keep that spark alive, and stay happy in your relationship for years to come!
Make Time For Each Other
When you’re both exhausted from work, it’s easy to flop down onto the sofa or get lost on your computer and do your own thing. At the weekends you might have your own social commitments or hobbies to attend to. However, it’s so important to make time just for your partner. Even if it’s just a movie day on a rainy Sunday, order some nice food and turn your phones off, so you have no distractions. Plan things to do- outings, day trips or mini breaks. Just have that time that’s especially put aside to spend together, so you’re actively enjoying each other’s company and aren’t just sat in the same space.
Treat Your Partner
You can’t buy love of course, but there’s certainly nothing wrong than treating your partner to a little gift every now and again. It could be something big or even a little token present just to show you were thinking about them. These things help to add the element of surprise to the relationship and help keep the magic alive. We all know men can be tricky for, but there are lots of ideas on gifts for the man who has everything online, so something is sure to give you a clue. You don’t have to wait for special occasions to treat the one you love!
Make an Effort
Again it all comes back to comfort in long term relationships. It’s great that you’re able to lounge around in your comfy clothes, hair scraped back and makeup free. But does your partner always see you like this? Once in a while, it doesn’t hurt to get glammed up. Maybe wear an outfit that they love on you, do your makeup and hair in a way that makes you feel great. You could also make an effort in other ways too. Instead of popping a couple of microwave meals in for you both, how about cooking from scratch one evening? Pour a glass of wine and enjoy a bit of quality time together, it doesn’t have to be a special occasion. The added effort is bound to be appreciated and is a great way to show your partner you really care.
How do you keep the spark alive in your long term relationship? Do you do any of these things?