It doesn’t matter if you’ve been with someone a couple of decades, you’re a newlywed or you and your special someone have just taken the big leap to move in together, planning a partner date can be key to keeping your relationship fresh, satisfying and stimulating. Sure, it’s easy to fall into the ole Netflix slump or even spend the whole day texting one another so there’s not much to say when you’re actually face to face. However, getting out of the comfort zone can be one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself and your relationship. Here’s why!
Highlights the Now
We live in a screen based society that’s hard to break away from. If you’re not checking up on social media, crushing some candy or surfing your streaming video queue, then chances are you’re probably asleep. Every once in a while it’s good to remove yourself from distractions and enjoy the now with your partner. Coming up with a date night is a great way to accomplish this. Imagine, sitting face to face with your partner as you enjoy a meal you didn’t have to cook (or microwave)! I’m sure if you think really hard you’ll remember a time when the two of you used to do it all of the time. With the time spent out of the house you can concentrate on the more intricate details of your lives and maybe learn something new about one another. After all, we’re always growing, so take the time to learn about the changes before one day you look up from your tablet to find a complete stranger sharing popcorn with you.
Freshens Up Your Life
Going out might seem like a hassle, but once you get into the groove of it you’ll realize the couch isn’t your best friend, rather, your partner is. Sometimes we let ourselves get into a rut without even noticing it. Planning a partner date is a good way to prevent this from encompassing your life. The best thing is, you’ll be getting away with your best friend so the excitement will be all the more amazing. It doesn’t matter if it’s checking out an art museum or jumping out of an airplane (with a parachute, please), the thrill of going out with the one you love will give you a new lease on life and your relationship. You never know, you may find your true passion for life simply by dating.
Cherishes the Past
Let’s face it, after a while of living with someone you’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s obvious why you fell in love and you can’t shake the feeling that your partner hung the moon, but sometimes that special feeling is dulled down by every day monotony. Rather than letting this happen try to get dressed up and remind one another why you kept dating in the first place. You’ll feel good about yourself as will your significant other, but you’ll also feel good about one another. Suddenly, the pride of showing off your catch will come back and the two of you may even feel more energetic and in love. You may even catch a glimmer of some of the forgotten little things that made you fall in love in the first place, which is never a bad thing.
It’s Good For You
It’s easy to follow into the one unit concept when you’re a couple. Forgetting about yourself and your needs is fairly common, which is why planning dates is a good idea. Yes, a date does imply the couple unit will be going out, but it also implies you’ll be choosing activities that the two of you want to try on an individual level. By going out and trying new things, or maybe rekindling your love for old activities you’ll remember your self-worth and the things you aspire to be, whether in a relationship or not. Going out and doing something will help stimulate the mind and make you feel alive and self-confident. Even dressing yourself up from time to time will make you feel all the more incredible about who you are and how you plan to hold yourself in the future. Your partner will love the transformation and if you’re doing the dating thing equally, you’ll notice a change in your significant other too.
A Conversation Starter
If you’re like most people then your conversations with your partner may only consist of a few quick one-liners, especially after a long day at work. Although most of the time this isn’t a big deal, we sometimes need a good conversation to get our minds rearing to go. Going out and enjoying time with your partner is a great way to give the two of you something to talk about when you’re in a conversation slump. Between inside jokes the two of your share to chats about the news, life at the office or cultural outings, you’ll soon feel great about the way the two of you are communicating. Not to mention, it gives you a chance to sit down and know where your partner stands when it comes to the big issues.
Although you and your significant other may feel amazing about your relationship as is, you will probably see a pretty good change coming your way when you begin dating again. Even if it just means enjoying a dinner in a restaurant once a month, the two of you will be able to treat one another better and may even find that living behind a screen isn’t something you’d like to go back to.