We all know that December is arguably the most busy month of the year – what with parties, events, shorter work deadlines, buying presents, and more – which can often lead to our relationships being unintentionally neglected.
Melanie Greenberg, PhD, reports that:
‘Satisfying relationships not only make us happy, they also influence our long-term health as much as getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and not smoking. Many research studies have shown that satisfying relationships are associated with better health, greater happiness, and even a longer life’.
So technically, the more neglected our relationships, the worse our health and happiness is. If you ever needed a reason to reconnect with your partner, it’s that.
It’s important to be continually assessing your relationship – do you feel safe? Loved? Happy? Although this is what we all want, it isn’t always the easiest thing to acquire. Your relationship needs just as much work and attention as the other things, if not more.
Some ways to reconnect are:
Date night – this can be at home or at your favourite restaurant; just take time to be together, without any interruptions.
Attend events as a couple – if you have any compulsory attendance events, why not go together? You’re likely to have more fun that way.
Block out time for work – if you both do your work at the same time, then you have the same time to spend together.
Do any shopping together – if you need to go out and buy things, you may as well do it together.
Little things go far – okay, so you may not have time to take them away for the weekend, but you can make them breakfast in bed, a nice evening meal or even a note in their packed lunch.