3. No alone time. When was the last time you were alone and had an experience that was unique to just the two of you? Socializing with mutual friends is nice, but we all need to refresh our relationships by being alone together. When other people are around, like friends, family or children they act as a buffer. It’s as if you have a safety net between you so that you don’t have to focus on each other.
Date nights may feel forced, but they are sometimes the best way to prioritize that alone time. Do something a little different each date night – stargazing, hiking, trying different restaurants – new and different experiences are the best to create unique moments for the two of you. You fell in love in the first place for a reason. Even if you are out of practice you will be at ease soon enough.
This is your life and your relationship. You can keep it romantic and intimate for a lifetime so long as you attend to it consistently and allow yourselves to be true partners regardless of the bumps and bruises of life.