As time goes by, plenty of relationships can start to stagnate. You can feel like you’re in a rut, doing the same thing every day. You can begin to take each other for granted and the daily grind of work and home life can start to dim the spark of even the brightest love.
Date nights are a great way to schedule some regular one-on-one time with each other. They can be a fun way to reignite the spark and keep the relationship fresh and exciting.
However, if you’re not careful, date nights can become just another chore and another part of the routine. To avoid this, try to spice up your date night plans with some creative and fun activities. And we have some ideas to help you get out of the rut and into the groove.
Try something physical
Date nights traditionally involve fairly sedentary and stationary activities, like going to the movies or going to dinner. But they don’t have to! Instead of sitting around and being passively entertained, why not try something that gets the blood pumping? Take a dancing class, go rock climbing or try a two-person sport like tennis. Sure, maybe you’ll get a little sweaty, but it’s a great way to up the endorphins and it may even inspire a little more physical activity later in the evening (if you know what I mean!).
Connect with nature
Surrounding yourself with nature is one of the best ways to spend quality time together. Whether it’s a bonfire under the stars, a picnic in the park, a night of glamping or an Airbnb in the country, you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, leave technology behind and spend some romantic one-on-one time with that special someone.
While you’re out in nature, consider mixing in some outdoor activities like horse riding, hiking, kayaking or rock climbing for a little physical activity out in the country.
Forget about dinner at your local all-you-can-eat buffet. Next date night, try planning something a little more luxurious and romantic. Book a table at a romantic, high-end restaurant and get dressed up for a night on the town. Get tickets for the symphony or the theatre and book a fancy hotel room. Spend the night feeling like part of high-society. You could even hire a limousine to ride around town in style.
Sure, this kind of date night will end up costing a little more, but it’s worth it to live the high-life for the night.
Try a DIY date
Date night doesn’t have to be all flowers, dinner and movies. Working on a DIY project can be a great way to spend time together. You could take on a light renovation project, paint a room, build or restore some furniture, or do some work in the backyard. It’s a great way to improve communication and cooperation, and come out with the satisfaction of a completed project.
If you don’t want to do something at home, you could look at trying an arts and crafts class together. There are plenty of options to choose from like pottery (remember that scene from Ghost?), painting, wood work and more.
Ok, sure, date night is supposed to be about each other. But few things make you feel better than helping out someone in need or giving something back to the community. Why not try volunteering together to help the less fortunate or get involved in a community activity? Not only will you be helping out people in your local area, but you’ll both get to share in the warm-and-fuzzies that come with doing something for others.
To keep your relationship happy and healthy it’s important that your date nights don’t become just another chore. Remember to try new things and find fresh and exciting activities to keep you both interested, communicating and having fun together!