These days, everyone is busy. Between work, family and social commitments, there's hardly enough time to squeeze in half an hour of Netflix, let alone carve out a significant chunk of time to spend with your significant other.
We're talking "date nights". When was the last time you and your partner had one, just the two of you? Or at the very least, put away all the screens and spent some quality time together at home? In fact they are critical," psychologist and relationship expert Melanie Schilling told The Huffington Post Australia.
It can be something you can do at home, such as a screen-free night once a week. Basically, carving out the time to be just focused on each other.
It is a sentiment echoed by Matt Garrett of Relationships Australiawho said all too often couples are put off by the idea of a date night because they assume it has to be a fancy affair.
The importance of dating in a relationship The importance of the date night comes back to the point that these days, people live increasingly busy lives, and often the time and effort required to successfully nurture a relationship can fall by the wayside.
That's a fact," Schilling said. We assume they will always be there, when in actual fact that relationship is an important project in our life that needs focus and attention. In fact it's important that we do. Nobody wants to end up being clones of each other.
You want to nurture your relationship every week rather than wait for it to break down. In terms of actually organising what and when your date night will be, Garrett says it's surprising how many couples find it difficult to find the time.
You might, say, go once a week to learn Japanese together because you are going to take a trip to Japan next year.
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