Relationships typically start on a high: dates, roses, chocolates and laughter.
However, the fairytale doesn't last too long. Often, a few months into the relationship, things can quickly turn sour and lose all the initial excitement.
Not to worry. We have some brilliant ideas to give your relationship a breath of fresh air.
Even if all is smooth sailing in your relationship now, you can take note in anticipation of any rough times down the road.
Give Your Partner a Gift
Most people wait until it’s their partner's birthday or Valentine's Day to do something memorable.
But a special gift on a seemingly ordinary day can do wonders to ignite the spark in your relationship.
Just imagine the reaction on your spouse's face when they receive a package of flowers or chocolate out of the blue.
That should be enough motivation to get your partner a gift at any time.
A surprise gift lets your partner know that you are thinking of them, and that they mean a lot to you.
Great gift ideas include cards, wholesale rings, flowers, food, clothing, gadgets, and books.
Ideally, give your partner a gift that they've been longing for or saving up to purchase.
Gifts that help them do their work or achieve their goals are always appreciated as well.
For instance, your partner would love a gym or spa subscription if fitness is part of their lifestyle.
Another thing is to know what your partner likes and dislikes in the bedroom.
Sex and intimacy are important in many relationships. Therefore, you and your partner should know each other’s desires and strive to fulfill them together.
It’s also vital to know and respect your partner’s boundaries and vice versa. Make sure you’re on the same page before trying something new in the bedroom, like taking performance enhancement pills or using new toys. This can go a long way in keeping the spark in your relationship.
Splurge on a Vacation
Whether it's the Hawaiin Islands or the Bahamas, there are many romantic holiday destinations that can help give your relationship a makeover.
During vacations, people are generally more relaxed and in a better mood.
Getting away from the distractions and stress of the daily grind can help you focus on your relationship.
Take time to review your relationship and talk about your plans without the discussion becoming heated.
Not only is it an opportunity for important conversations, vacations are opportunities to do activities together that will strengthen your bond.
Activities such as swimming, walking on the beach, touring historic sites, meeting new people, and spending quality time together gives you valuable memories that can last a lifetime.
Create a New Tradition
Which traditions are common in your family? What do you do on Christmas, Halloween, and Thanksgiving?
Traditions have a way of bonding families and giving everyone something to look forward to.
They also evoke a sense of nostalgia and comfort.
Similarly, creating new routines in your relationship can give your relationship a new lease on life.
The best traditions are the ones both of you love doing.
Your new tradition could include setting up a regular date night, writing each other letters each month, having “pamper” evenings, reading books together, volunteering together, shopping together, or having a movie and games night.
Actions become traditions when you do them consistently.
So, make sure you are ready to do something over and over again before choosing it as your new relationship tradition.
Know Your Partner
The best hack to making a relationship work is getting to know your partner better.
The more you know your partner, the better you get at making the relationship work.
That’s why you should always ask and observe to learn things about each other.
More often than not, it’s the small details that mean the most.
Take note of the things that annoy or irritate your partner as well as the things that excite them.
That way, you will know how to improve your relationship in small and big ways, every day.
Remember, the ideas here only work when they are tailored to your partner and what they would appreciate most.