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According to a recent study, “most parents haven’t been on a romantic date in more than three years.” There are many potential reasons for this, from hectic work schedules to parenting responsibilities getting in the way. Over time, this means that once-weekly date nights become a thing of the past.
However, it’s totally possible to create the perfect date night as a parent – it might just require a little more planning!
Why is it important to spend more time with your partner?
According to a recent study from Pew Research, 40% of people do not believe they spend enough time with their spouse. While there are many reasons behind this, it can lead to various troubles, such as
- An increase in arguments or fights.
- Feelings of isolation or loneliness.
- A breakdown in communication.
As such, you must be on the lookout for fun ways to spend more time with your partner. For example, you could:
Bring the restaurant to you.
If you don’t have enough time to head out for a fancy meal, why not recreate the experience in your own home? For example, you could order takeout from your favourite restaurant, or cook up a storm in the kitchen, so that you can enjoy a delicious one-on-one meal with your partner. However, you can elevate this experience by turning your dining room into a restaurant in its own right – turn down the lights, grab some candles, and lay out a tablecloth. You can even set a dress code!
Give each other a massage.
Giving your partner a Sensual Massage is another great way to spend quality time together, especially as it will help you to relax and unwind after a stressful week. For example, a recent study explored the benefits of couples massaging each other and found that “both partners saw improvement in overall wellbeing, stress, and coping abilities after each massage session, and the effects remained even three weeks later.”
Have a coffee or lunch date.
Being a parent can sometimes feel like you’re juggling – as you’ve got so many things to do at once. As a result, it’s easy to feel as though you don’t have enough time for everyone in your life, least of all yourself and your partner. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to mark the entire day or evening off your calendar to spend time with your spouse – as even half an hour of alone time can make a difference. For example, you could meet up during your lunch hour to enjoy some food together or grab a quick coffee. Remember, any quality time with your partner is a great wellness booster, meaning even the smallest interactions can create wonderful benefits for your physical and mental health. For example, if you were previously overwhelmed with work stress, a chat with your partner may help you to clear your head, soothe your nerves, and kickstart your confidence so that you will succeed with whatever the afternoon throws your way.