Of course, if far off lands are calling you, be sure to leave your expensive jewelry at home - including rings. Take a look at our selection of travel rings here.
Have a Weekly Check-In
We can get so caught up in our day to day lives that we forget to check in with those we love to make sure they’re doing okay. Set a scheduled time every week to sit down and talk things out - how are things at work, are there any tensions between the two of you that you need to discuss, personal challenges that are weighing on you? Be sure to put the phones away and focus only on each other. This is your time to let go of burdens.
Go on Dates
This seems like a no-brainer, but how often do you actually date each other? When was the last time you dressed up, made dinner reservations, and spent the evening simply enjoying being near your partner? Continuing to “date” each other long into a relationship, and even after marriage, is a fantastic way to remain close.
Try Something New
Whether it’s a cooking class, new sport, or even a wildly adventurous activity like skydiving, sharing a novel experience with someone reminds you how fun life - and the person you’re with - can be.
Touch is powerful. Humans are wired to need physical contact, and the emotions that are triggered by the touch of a loved one lay the foundation for a strong bond. Even simple touches, like hugs, release serotonin, the “feel good” hormone that brings feelings of happiness.
Use Technology Smartly
Send a text at some point in the day saying “I love you,” or ask if you should bring something home for dinner. Tell your partner you miss them and let them know one reason why you’re grateful for them. If it will make them smile, send it. But never, EVER talk about problems through text.
At the Same Time, Know When to Turn it Off
Make sure your together time is, in fact, uninterrupted together time. No checking Facebook or making phone calls. Turn off the TV and leave technology out of the equation - focus on one another and rediscover what you can do without distractions. Go take a walk around the neighborhood, snuggle on the couch and read, play board games - connect without any stimuli other than human contact.
Relationships aren’t always easy, but they’re not supposed to be! Life throws curve balls and catches you off guard, but it’s the moments when you feel most challenged that you can find true appreciation for the person by your side.