It is easy to get settled into your life. At times, the obligations of work and kids take over our lives, leaving very little time to do that little something extra to catch your partner’s eye. While you may have to take a back seat to keeping a household running, it can be fun to go the extra mile for each other from time to time.
The next time you schedule a date night, or plan a vacation alone, consider approaching it with the same care that you did when you went your first dating, and see if the sparks don’t fly.
Get Dressed Up
One of the easiest things to take it up a notch is to get dressed up. This doesn’t mean you have to break out the formal wear, just make sure it is more than you normally do on a night out.
For guys, make sure your hair has been recently trimmed and your facial hair is neat. Take the time to clean under your fingernails and brush your teeth before heading out the door. Women may choose to put their hair in a nice up-do, or take the time to straighten it. Give your makeup a touchup, and moisturize your skin.
The point isn’t in the vanity, it is about putting forth the effort to show your partner that they are worth the time and energy it takes to really pull everything together.
Choose a Special Restaurant
If you are going out to dinner, consider going someplace besides your usual haunts. Maybe you want to revisit a restaurant that holds a special memory about your relationship, or try somewhere new that is a bit more upscale than your normal trips out.
A restaurant does not have to be expensive to be special. Just make sure it carries some extra meaning. Sometimes, just trying a new restaurant can make an evening feel special. Even lingering over coffee and dessert instead of heading home after the entrée can feel like a treat if it isn’t part of your normal routine.
Bring Home a “Just Because” Gift
Everyone likes to know that someone is thinking about them throughout the day. One easy way to show that fact is to bring home a gift for your partner “just because.”
The fun in a “just because” gift is that it is completely unexpected. In that regard, there is no pressure on the gift-giver, as the gift is not tied to a particular day or event. It also doesn’t have to be big. In fact, coming home with her favorite flowers in tow, or bringing him a box of his favorite candy that you picked up at the store, can be enough to show that they cross your mind even when you are not together.
Spending a Long Time Apart, Consider Going Further
Sometimes, work can take a couple in different directions for a period of time. In cases where that can’t be avoided, consider giving your partner the gift of a fit, new you. Whether you want to focus on how to get skinny, or would like to add additional muscle tone and definition, using the time to get your health in order is sure to delight them. You can even make it a challenge you take on together, working towards a final reveal on the day you are both home once more.