Between work, kids, and social obligations, married life can be a bit hectic. My husband and I both work full-time jobs, and sometimes it seems like we go days without seeing each other. Add in the kids and household chores, and it feels like we barely have a moment to ourselves, let alone time to spend with one another. This year, my husband and I made a conscious decision to spend more quality time with each other every day. After all, the main reason I married my best friend was so that I could spend more time with him! If you’re in the same boat and looking for some simple ways to spend more time with your spouse, this guide has got you covered.
Hit the gym
Hitting the gym with your spouse is a win-win situation for everyone. This will help you stick to your new year’s resolution to get in shape, and you’ll actually have fun in the process. Exercising with a workout buddy is a great way to spice up your mundane fitness routine and stay motivated throughout the course of your entire workout. If you can’t find the time to hit the gym between extracurricular activities and work obligations, you can work out at home. After all, there’s more than one way to work up a sweat.
Try something new
One of the best ways to spend more time with your spouse is to start a new hobby together. Shared interests are a great way to connect with your spouse, so choose a hobby that you’ll both enjoy. My husband and I recently decided to take up gardening together. We created two separate gardens—one for flowers and one for veggies—and we spend an hour every weekend tending to the plants together. You can also join a couples’ class if you’d like to learn an entirely new skill. Couples’ dance classes or painting workshops are great ways to let your creativity soar. You can also learn a language together. At the very least, it will make keeping secrets from your kids that much easier.
Pull out all the stops
If rom-coms have taught me anything, it’s that the way to someone’s heart is through a grand romantic gesture (accompanied by a stellar soundtrack, if possible.) Consider taking direction from your favorite films and planning an extravagant date night of your very own. Call up the babysitter, and set your course for a romantic night out on the town. Hit up your favorite restaurant, go see a show, or even rent a luxurious hotel room for the night. You can even plan a short weekend getaway to really reconnect and spend some quality time together.
Keep it simple
Some days we prefer to go big, but other times we’d much rather just go home. If grand romantic gestures aren’t really your speed, consider spending a quiet night in instead. Some of my favorite things to do with my husband on a quiet night are cook an elaborate meal together, cozy up on the couch, and catch up on our favorite TV shows. Other simple ways to spend time together could include running errands together, spending the day walking around a local park, or engaging in a little friendly competition with a board game battle.