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How to Renew Your Relationship Instead of Getting Bored

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“Practice random beauty and senseless acts of love.” ~Unknown

In our romantic relationships, we can grow comfortable.

In the first six months to a year, it’s all excitement and an adrenaline rush at the mere fantasy of skin touching, but after two years you really do have to work to keep the romance.

Life can get a little routine and formulaic. You do certain things on certain nights of the week together or apart. The love is still there, but the accelerated heart rate, weak-at-knees sensation, and feeling that your heart might explode with passion have noticeably decreased.

I recently detected this happening in my own relationship, but I’ve decided to treat it as a milestone—a positive marker for the point at which we genuinely started to work to make our relationship work.

The moment our relationship developed from a clueless hormone-loaded teenager to a fully grown, responsible adult.

Scientifically speaking, it is supposed to be physically impossible to maintain that first intensity of feeling that is experienced at the beginning of the relationship, and I do agree that it’s not sustainable permanently.

If we spent our whole lives in that state we would probably find we got very little else done, and almost certainly couldn’t survive for the period of a lifetime before we died from an adrenaline overdose.

However, there is a difference between a relationship maturing with two individuals growing comfortable with each other; and no longer making the effort to do things that make your partner’s fingers tingle and heart swell.

Here are 3 simple ways to keep that flash of young love in your relationship:

1. Don’t stop listening.

There is a point at the start of a relationship where you hang on every word they say. You just can’t get enough. You’re desperate to understand their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on even the most mundane things.

Each bit of extra information unravels more of this new person that you are treating like a gift to yourself—giddy with the prospect of more to love and lust after.

I’m not suggesting that you artificially re-enact this experience if you don’t feel like it all the time, but create time for listening.

Make your partner aware of the times that you need to be by yourself or in your own head so that they know when it’s a good time to have that long discussion and get your opinion. Create time to listen to them properly so that you can be attentive and present.

If you need 30 minutes after work to yourself, that’s fine. Maybe your listening time is over dinner, or while you’re doing the dishes, or before you go to bed.

Whatever it is, don’t stop listening. Listening is one of the ways that we show others that we value them; that they are attractive and interesting to us. If we don’t do this, it might send conflicting messages.

2. A little surprise goes a long way.

One of the first things to go in long term relationships is the element of surprise. You get into a routine and you no longer arbitrarily decide to take her away for a weekend, or buy him a gift just because you felt like it.

Perhaps you do still buy ‘gifts’ but it’s an extra pair of socks when you were at the supermarket because you noticed all his socks have holes, rather than the cute or hilarious trinkets you used to buy at the start of your relationship.

The bouquets of flowers and turning up at lunch breaks with a picnic basket are gone, and you are less willing to make a fool of yourself to make the other person laugh or smile.

Put yourself in your partner’s shoes for a few minutes once a month and ask yourself what would be a lovely surprise for them. It doesn’t have to be anything huge—just something considerate that would be appreciated.

Although it sounds like an oxymoron, planning more surprises can initiate those weak-at-the-knees passionate feelings that you felt in the earlier stage of your relationship.

Plan the surprises that were more spontaneous before and you may re-experience that love rush. You might even develop your ability to be spontaneously romantic again.

3. Do the things that don’t matter to you but matter to them.

At the beginning of a relationship it can seem easy enough to do the dishes straight away after a meal if it buys you brownie points and more affection—but harder when you’re comfortable in the relationship, don’t really feel like it, and can’t understand what all the fuss is about.

Maybe the phobia or habit that was cute and quirky a year ago now seems annoying and irritating when you always have to get rid of the spider/take the trash out. Perhaps you don’t understand why your partner needs some downtime by themselves and wish they were more like you in wanting to share thoughts and feelings as soon as they get home.

If it’s something that doesn’t make sense to you but is important to them and would only take a little bit of time, do it. In a mature relationship, passion can be shown by genuinely understanding and responding to your partner’s ‘domestic’ needs.

Not responding to these can send the message that you aren’t interested in what’s important to them, and it indirectly suggests you aren’t interested in them.

I have found these points really helpful in my relationship, so I hope they are to you. Having brought up the subject and talked about it with my partner, we are both now trying to surprise each other, listen more, and find ways to be romantic and affection towards each other.

There are many more ways you can re-light the spark in your relationship. I’m still finding more. Look at it as a lifelong adventure!

The most important thing is to give it time in your own head and to prioritize your relationship so that you keep working on it regularly, like you would with any priority in your work life. Then hopefully you can be grow old together but still maintain that flicker of passion in your hearts.

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  • Dairyfreebetty

    This is fantastic, thank you!! Love your website!!

  • Lilasvb

    i really like thispost

  • http://www.anastaciabrice.com Anastacia Brice

    Love this, Lori! :) I’d also like to add that in doing the work, it’s good for people to remember that a marriage belongs only to the two who are in it. It doesn’t have to look like, be like, or operate like anyone else’s. It simply has to fit the two beloveds!

  • http://www.twitter.com/heartonsleevexx heartonsleeveweakatknees

    Thank you for your kind comments on my article!

    Yes – it’s so important to make sure that you are doing what is good for the both of you & not worrying about how it compares to others’ relationships. T

  • Kathy

    Thanks for the reminder. After 20 yrs. I needed to see this message again.

  • http://www.twitter.com/heartonsleevexx heartonsleeveweakatknees

    So glad it helped! I’m sure there are many more things that are just little things we used to do that we stopped doing. Best of luck.

  • Andrea

    Thank you. After just adding another child to our family, I find myself struggling to find time for everyone and everything. This certainly reminds me that it really doesn’t take that much time or effort to keep our marriage alive.

  • http://www.twitter.com/heartonsleevexx heartonsleeveweakatknees

    What a wonderful comment, thank you. I hope these ideas help :)

  • Craig

    Wonderful article. I find that I started setting aside downtime after work where I can just wind down without a barrage of questions. Worked well for both of us. Listening is crucial to relationships.

  • http://jakyastikblogs.blogspot.com Jaky Astik

    I think the idea of a never-get-old relationships is pretty low. And that’s totally alright. Human psychology is to find and enjoy new things (whether they be in relationships even) so, sometimes we do get bored and begin to see flaws that we actually ignored when we began the relationship.

    So, what’s the way out? Create new fun things and adventures that make you happy. I’ve a quote from Readers Digest that says, the best way to get out of relationship troubles is forget the differences and go get a roller coaster ride!

    Nice post!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=683266785 Amit Bhatia

    You can apply these principles to any relationships in your life. Be it partner, parents, boss or pet :)

  • Ali Guerra

    Like it!! thanks a lot!

  • http://www.shamanicattraction.com authentic self

    Keeping aliveness within yourself keeps aliveness in your life and in your relationships. Tantric Taoists don’t believe relationships have to get boring over time.

  • Mia

    Words of wisdom and love, thank you !

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  • Anickaworld

    That is true… http://anickaworld.com/2011/09/18/never-gets-bored/

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    Some time you will feel  that you are not enjoying your relationship any more and that’s the time to come with some more activities to boost your relationship.

  • gugum

    great… if only both sides know that by keeping the relationship bound better (stronger) is actually a way of making it good, rather than feeling bored. :D

  • cocktaildraculina

    thank u so much……………..

  • Jassi

    Wonderful idea you share that What to do when bored

  • josh

    my issue is that i have two kids n my wife also have two kids n we cant really do nothing together alone because we always have our kids …n to be honest i love her so much but i feel like the kids took that away cuz all we do is things with them only….i feel selfish

  • paull

    I wish I knew this months ago, I had a relationship breakdown because we just wernt talking about important things.

  • Omorfiella

    A very nice thought. My relationship is on and off. I am trying my best all the time to work it out because my boyfriends said it’s my fault. We are totally opposite but i fall for him because of his politeness and thoughtfullness. He used to surprise me when we’re still dating but everything disappear when were already together. He prefer to spend more time to sit on computer instead of planning nice things to do in our free time or free weekend.

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