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When was the last time you and your spouse had a night out (or in) just the two of you? In today’s world of being constantly on the move, it’s easy to get lost in one’s career and family life. After work, running kids from one place to another, making dinner, getting kids ready for bed, or straightening up around the house often leads to exhaustion, which can result in another day of neglecting your partner.

Living like this day in and day out can put a wedge in the relationship you have with each other. This is where date nights come into play. It is important for couples to take time for each other in order to maintain the emotional connection, and in return, keep the intimacy alive.

Date night gives couples a chance to communicate with one another. As couples go about their daily lives, sometimes communication gets pushed to the side, and only the “need to know now” is discussed. Date nights give couples a chance to reconvene and talk about things that are important to them, or maybe even something funny that has recently happened that they want to share.

Not only does a date night give you and your partner a chance to communicate with each other, but it also gives you time to relax. People get so caught up in their busy lives that taking time to relax is frequently overlooked. As such, stress builds up and when things come to push and shove, it results in negative emotions for both parties in the relationship.

Taking the time to relax with each other and unwind will not only benefit you, but also your spouse and your relationship as a whole. It gives you a chance to get away from the monotony of chores, business, and taking care of the kids. Making time for date nights, communicating with each other, and relaxing helps couples grow closer with one another and maintain a healthy relationship.

Making this personal time for one another is often easier said than done, especially when your schedule is full. There are ways to work around this, however, such as planning out your date night ahead of time. Don’t make an excuse once your date night is confirmed. Even if you are feeling tired, it’s important to follow through. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; it can be as simple as putting the kids to bed early and having a quiet dinner with just the two of you, or a walk through the neighborhood. And, if night time is difficult, try morning dates. Even having 30 minutes of connecting time once or twice a week can make a significant difference in the amount of intimacy you feel with your partner. The important thing to remember is that making time for one another is a vital part of everyone’s love lives.