Date night isn’t the only way to spend time with your sweetheart! There are plenty of conventional, and maybe less conventional ways to get some quality time together. In fact, you're probably already spending more time than you realize each week doing various activities that could be done with your spouse! Just think about how much more fun those activities would been if that special someone was right there by your side.
If your schedule is feeling a bit tight, then try out a few of these ideas to maximize your time with your spouse. These are 6 great ways to make sure you get more time together instead of getting caught up in the humdrum of daily life.
1. Do the housekeeping together.
Housekeeping is a bit dull and mind-numbing if you ask us. However, it can also present a great venue for chit-chat and relationship building if you use it to your advantage. Cooking the evening meal together, standing side by side while you do the dishes or getting a little dirty in the garden together can all be lovely ways to spend time with your spouse. You might have to shift your mindset a little (it's not just about accomplishing the task at hand, but the experience you're sharing together), but if you do, these can be great ways to nurture your marriage.
2. Have breakfast together at a café before work starts.
Squeeze a little time into your day by getting up early and heading out for breakfast before work - or even make a special breakfast together at home. If that’s just not possible, try and have lunch together instead. I guarantee you’ll head to your desk with a smile on your face afterwards!
3. Take a shower together.
Save water! Shower together…it's efficient, and fun!
4. Walk the dog together.
It's one of those things you need to do on a daily basis and it can either become a chore or something you genuinely look forward to. If you do it with your spouse, then it can present a great opportunity to just talk, think, laugh, plan, and get your heart rate up! It doesn't have to be long, just consistent. Or, if you don't have a pet for an excuse, just take a short stroll together hand-in-hand, around the block.
5. Go on that business trip together and extend it over the weekend (i.e. a romantic weekend get away!).
Perhaps your work takes you out of town from time to time. Try letting your spouse tag along where possible (we know this is easier said than done). Obviously, they probably won't be able to join you for work related activities, but hey, even if they're just there for the evenings it can make for a much more enjoyable trip. Better yet, try extending your stay over the weekend and turn it into a mini getaway! You don’t have to go far, just get out of your usual environment and make sure the weekend is devoted to just the two of you.
6. Exercise together
Exercise... some people love it, others hate it. But, we all need it! So why not grab your spouse by the hand and do it together! You can run, walk, hike, bike, swim, row, jump, skip, lift, whatever! If you're feeling a bit more adventurous you could even go dancing (Zumba anyone?) to work up a sweat! While you're building those muscles you can also build your marriage!
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."
- Mignon McLaughlin
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