You have heard many times that date nights are essential for relationships. Yet you probably still don’t have one that often. With the exhaustion of work, kids, and to-do lists, there’s very little time or energy to plan something other than the same ‘ol routine.
If you and your spouse are one of the couples who haven’t embraced spending regular time together, here are a few reasons why date night is essential.
1. Dating Promotes Healthy Communication
Communication is the key to maintaining any relationship. Dates bring out the special something that’s missing in the relationship and helps us communicate feelings that we don’t want to brush by and would rather discuss. Busy or not, dates are important in relationships to allow us to discuss something that is happening and/or how we are feeling.
2. Dating Brings New Energy to Your Relationship
The most obvious reason for making a date night is because it’s the first step to getting out of the everyday routine. Spending alone time with your spouse is the perfect way to energize your marriage. It’s playing together, sharing laughs, having fun, and creating new memories, which goes hand in hand with increasing the energy and happiness in your marriage.
3. Dating Provides Time to Connect
Removing the distractions of your everyday routine, such as emails coming in or family members requiring attention, allows you to relax and focus on each other. Concentrating on each other brings a deeper connection with your spouse. Plan for quality conversations with uninterrupted hours to talk and connect.
4. Dating Builds a Strong Foundation
Making date nights a priority where you focus on one another and nurture your relationship, reinforces your commitment. You can’t expect to feel connected to your spouse when challenges arise if you haven’t laid the groundwork to equip you to face difficulties. When you face trials in your jobs, with your children, or even amongst yourselves, you can lean on the foundation you have built.
5. Dating Sets An Example for Your Children
Choosing to care for your marriage is a positive example for your children. Kids learn by example, so seeing their mom and dad make dating a priority, even though they’re married and see each other all the time, teaches them that they should prioritize their relationships too. Allowing your children to see a healthy relationship firsthand is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.
6. Dating Increases Your Level of Understanding for Each other
Sometimes, we understand our partners less due to a lack of communication or spending time together. Lack of understanding widens the gap between a couple. Dates are important in a relationship because they give us time to plan special moments and quality time together in to understand our partners better.
The benefits of having fun together as a couple are immense. And these benefits greatly outweigh an over-scheduled calendar, taking your spouse or marriage for granted, or prioritizing someone or something else above your relationship.
Now that we have the importance of date night handled, check my post next month for some ideas on Columbia date night hot spots!