News flash or obvious fact…romance is an important part of relationships. We devote entire days to celebrating romance, like anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. If you’ve been following our blog lately, you know that August is Romance Awareness Month (yes, the entire month!). These romantic holidays—or month-long romancefests, in August’s case—serve as reminders that ‘smokin’ hot’ means bringing the heat and if we don’t kindle the flame, the fire goes out. Celebrating the love we share with our partner is definitely not something we can slack on. Throughout our relationships, we should always be looking for opportunities to explore new ways we can show affection, make time for romance and keep the spark alive.
Several weeks ago, in commemoration
of Romance Awareness Month, we published a romance survey that we conducted with the help of over 2,000 people in relationships. Not surprisingly, 98% of the respondents shared that romance was important to them (don’t worry, we actually had a lot of less obvious findings in the survey). The takeaway? Romance should be a priority all the time, not just on anniversaries and Hallmark holidays.
As Romance Awareness Month wraps up, there are 3 things couples can do to ensure that the passion the passion in our relationship doesn’t fizzle.
1) Communicate openly and honestly with your partner.
Talk to your partner about romance. Ask them what makes them feel special and loved. Learn what their most treasured romantic memories are. Figure out their favorite restaurants, vacation spots and what they consider a perfect date. Maybe your idea of a great night out is beer and brats at a baseball game, but your partner really prefers a low-key dinner at home. Commit to finding a balance that makes both of you happy. The more you and your partner know about each other, the more romantic you can be.
With that said, communicating about romance doesn’t mean you have to script romantic gestures or be less spontaneous (after all, that’s half the fun!). Use these talks to learn, not plan. Don’t feel like you can’t talk about romance with your partner.
2) Be spontaneous!
Don’t wait for a holiday, special occasion or weekend to show your love. Any time is a good time to be romantic. The less predictable your romantic gestures, the more meaningful they will become. Making your love breakfast in bed on a Monday morning, surprising them with a gift or even a spontaneous “Thinking of You” message can keep the fire burning.
3) Set Aside Special Time Just For Your Partner
Let’s face it—life is full of distractions. Don’t let these distractions drive a wedge between you and your partner. Set aside time with your significant other on a regular basis. Whether it’s connecting for a few minutes a day, a date night each week or a fun adventure each month, show your partner that they are a constant priority.
The end of Romance Awareness Month doesn’t mean you should put romance on hold until the next holiday. Remember every month of the year gives you a new opportunity to create romantic resolutions, continue celebrating your love and keep passion from fading.
Did you do something special during Romance Awareness Month? How do you plan on keeping romance a priority in your relationship? Share your stories in the comment section below!