Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I hope you are doing more to celebrate your relationship than just creating a flawless Instagram picture. Despite our best efforts, we all go through a rut one time or another of dialing it in. Now is great time to make tweaks to how we communicate and appreciate our love. Even if you’ve been together for a short time or if you can’t remember, relationships are a work in progress. Here are 8 ways to celebrate your relationship everyday besides Valentine’s Day.
SAY THANK YOU
The comfort that a relationship brings is the reason we tend to overlook what our partners do for us on the daily. These random acts of kindness become an expectation. Your partner doesn’t have to fill up your gas tank or select your favorite movie at the red box. Choosing to acknowledge them will reinforce your partner to be thoughtful and remind you to be grateful.
MAKE SPACE FOR THEM
Making space for your partner does not only include in your home. It’s about showing up for your partner when they can’t on their own. Making space for their family as well when they need the extra support will bring you closer.
PLAN ADVENTEROUS DATES
Ditch dinner and a movie and spice it up. Learn something new like a dance class or a foreign language. Step up your nights in by creating theme nights dedicated to cooking a new cuisine. Jump on a train and take a day trip to discover a new place. Switching up your dates encourages you to connect on another level.
Along with expressing your gratitude to your partner, expressing actions to show how much you care about him or her every day makes your relationship magical. From grabbing your partner’s hand at a restaurant to going to bed together at the end of the night, actions speak louder than words.
BE ON THEIR SIDE ABOUT SOMETHING THAT’S BOTHERING THEM
It’s tempting to play devil’s advocate with the people you love, but sometimes—in the moment—they just need a listening ear. (Don’t worry, you can still ask questions and offer your two cents later.) Be their rock and sponge for support.
BE PRESENT- PUT AWAY YOUR PHONE
Don’t allow those notifications on your phone kill the romance buzz. Put away your cell and connect with your partner. It’s been a struggle of mine and now I keep my cell out our room and away from the dinner table. Being more present has made us more connected than every before!
What are your best tips for celebrating your relationship all-year? Share your wisdom in the comments!