When you’ve been with your significant other for a long period of time, you may feel the initial spark you felt for each other begin to die. You still love your partner, but between the demands of hectic work schedules and family activities, you may feel yourself drifting apart with little time to reconnect. The good news is that with a little time and effort, you can reignite the spark in your relationship and live a long, happy life with your partner. Here are five tips to help you get started.

Make Many Small Romantic Gestures

Making a single grand romantic gesture often isn’t enough to reignite the spark in a relationship. It may make you feel close to your partner again temporarily, but it takes some effort to restore your connection. Make many small gestures in your everyday life to show your significant other how much he or she means to you. Pitch in to help with household chores. Offer to pick up dinner when your partner doesn’t have the energy to cook. Buy small gifts such as couples underwear to let your partner know you are thinking of him or her.

Schedule Regular Date Nights

Making time for each other is vital for a healthy relationship. Even if you can’t afford to spend a lot of money on lavish weekend getaways or vacations, make it a habit to schedule one night a week to spend together. Leave the kids with a sitter and go to dinner and a movie or stay in and play a board game with just the two of you. The key is to give yourself time to truly connect with your partner.

Talk About Your Day

A lot of people tend to bottle up their emotions and keep frustrations to themselves. After a long, hard day at work, rehashing the events of the day with your significant other may be the last thing you feel like doing. However, taking time to have a conversation with your partner about your day is a great way to nurture your relationship.

Learn a New Skill Together

If you and your partner have any shared interests, taking a class together is a wonderful way to grow closer. If you both enjoy food and wine, sign up for couples cooking or wine-tasting classes and then use your new skills to prepare delicious dishes for date nights. Try your hand at art classes or get into a new type of exercise. If you find something you are both interested in, you are more likely to enjoy the time you spend together.

Give Each Other Space

This may seem counterproductive when you are trying to grow closer to your partner, but it is easy for your good intentions to become smothering. Your partner needs time to develop his or her own interests outside of the relationship just as you do. If you spend every spare moment of time together, you may feel like your partner is being too clingy or vice-versa. It is a good idea to give each other space while scheduling time together so you have the best of both worlds.

Relationships are hard no matter how long they have lasted. You have to be willing to continuously work to keep your relationship strong and healthy, and at times, you will probably feel like you are drifting away from your partner. When this happens, you need to put in some extra time and effort into reigniting the spark in your relationship. While that isn’t always easy, these five tips can help you get started. Start practicing them today to see how your relationship changes.

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