Even the best relationships sometimes need romantic gestures to break up the monotony and breathe in new life. If you follow the same routines with your partner, and fall victim to the same repeating patterns, it’s only a matter of time before you both feel the pain of stagnation.
Fortunately, there are many avenues for restoring life and vitality to a relationship – but what are the best gifts, activities, and other gestures to do it?
Romantic Gestures to Breathe New Life Into a Relationship
These are some of the best romantic gestures to use when breathing new life into your relationship:
- Send flowers. Sending flowers on Valentine’s Day is a common and well known tradition, but you don’t need to wait for this holiday to send flowers to your special someone. Most people love getting surprise deliveries, especially when they’re as beautiful and fresh smelling as flowers. You can make this gift even more romantic by choosing a custom bouquet and adding a personalized, thoughtful message.
- Go on a small vacation. It’s easy to take your partner for granted if you live with them and see them every day in the same environments. You’ll see them in a new context and enjoy them in a totally different way if you go on a small vacation together. You don’t need to leave the country, nor do you need to spend a lot of money, but even a few days seeing new things and trying new activities could be enough to give you a refresh.
- Try a new restaurant. Another simple idea is to try a new restaurant, especially if that restaurant is fancy or highly reviewed. Going out for a cozy date night could be exactly what you need to reinvigorate the romantic spark in your relationship.
- Break the routine. Routines help us increase productivity and stay focused on our goals, but they can also make us feel like endlessly repetitive slaves. If you want to feel closer to your partner, consider breaking your routine however you can. That could mean totally destroying and rebuilding your schedule habits or just doing your normal activities in a new order. You have almost endless flexibility here.
- Rearrange your physical spaces. You don’t need to be a feng shui expert to know that over time, your home can feel stale. And if your home feels stale, your relationship might feel stale as well. Consider rearranging your physical spaces, moving furniture and art around to get a fresh perspective.
- Work on a new project. Breathe new life into your relationship by working on a new project together. That could mean starting a new creative hobby, renovating a bathroom, or even just taking a class together.
- Spice things up in the bedroom. Ask your partner if there’s something they’ve always wanted to try – and be open to new toys and techniques.
- Schedule dedicated time for each other. When living with someone, it’s easy to get lost in your own responsibilities and distractions. If you’re locked into a routine, and you usually rely on external forms of entertainment, you won’t get to spend much dedicated time with your partner. That’s why it’s important to schedule that dedicated time; for example, you can make sure to have 30 minutes in the morning to share a cup of coffee together and talk.
- Spend some time apart. Your intuition may tell you the best way to repair and restore a relationship is to spend more time together. That may help, but it’s also important for your mental health to have alone time. If you want to feel closer to your partner, it may benefit both of you to spend some time apart. Spend time with individual friends or family members, away from each other in short bursts, so you can appreciate each other more in the long term.
- Write a note. Romantic, thoughtful notes are another powerful gesture you can make, and they’re relatively easy to put together. Consider leaving a note in your partner’s lunchbox or leaving several notes throughout the house. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can write a more extended letter, expressing all your most intimate thoughts.
Knowing Your Partner
Keep in mind that when choosing a romantic gesture or picking out a gift, it’s important to know who your partner is, inside and out. Different people have different interests and preferences, so what works for one person in one relationship may not work for another. Put some thought and effort into your approach and your partner will probably appreciate it much more. After a few gestures, and some genuine work from both of you, you can get your relationship to a much better place.