Long after the honeymoon, when jobs and kids can make your days long and stressful, it is important to remember to take time out for your marriage. Investing in your relationship is the key to a long lasting nurturing friendship with your significant other.
The attraction is still there.
Both men and women feel a need for their partner to find them attractive. Not just physically either, but in all shapes and forms that one person can be attracted to another. Think back to what attracted you to them in the first place and take the time to tell them what you love about them every now and then.
Recognize their input and achievements.
Even small things like taking out the garbage or doing the dishes should be noticed. Don’t praise them after every little task is accomplished, but every now and then a thank you will go a long way. Let your partner know you appreciate the time and effort they are putting into your lives and try to do the same in return. For bigger accomplishments, try to celebrate rather that just congratulate. Let your partner know you are proud of them and truly enjoy sharing these moments of your life with them.
Do what you can.
Go out of your way to make life a little easier for your spouse. Remember that you’re part of a team – if you can do something to make their day run a little smoother then you should. Being part of a team means working together and realizing when a team member needs help, neither of you should have to do anything all on your own.
Take time for romance.
One of the most important factors to keep a relationship alive is to remind one another in different ways that you still love them. Surprising your wife with a bubble bath when she gets out of work or giving your husband a foot message after a long day are both good examples of being intimate with your partner regardless of what else is going on.
Accomplish goals together.
Make goals together and try accomplish them. You and your partner will grow together and strengthen your bonds when a common goal is established that you can accomplish together. Encourage one another to keep going and let your partner know you have their back if they need to lean on you a little.