Putting the Spring in Your Relationship

Winter can be a drag in more ways than one.  You’re constantly together, stuck in the house, especially if you live in a location that gets much snow and cold over the winter months.  With the advent of spring it’s time to get some fresh air in your house and your life and in your relationship too.  Here are some things you can do to put some fresh air in your relationship.

Redo your bedroom, or at the very least clean it:  If your bedroom is dull, drab, tasteless or uninviting, it’s time to spruce it up!  A fresh coat of paint, new storage system or rearranging the furniture can help bring new life to your bedroom.  If you don’t need a makeover, you may need a clean up.  Take time to go through closets together and get rid of stuff that’s not stuff you wear or use anymore and make room for the stuff that’s all over your floor.

A weekend date: Yes, get away for the whole weekend!  Leave the kids with a relative or trusted family friend and get away from it all.  You don’t have to go too far (unless you want to), the point is just to get some space and time to relax together without the issues of normal life.

Make an outdoor space:  If you have a porch or backyard, make sure there’s some place you can go and spend time after the kids are in bed.  Like a seating area, comfy furniture or fire pit that you can relax and will make your outdoor space inviting.  Spending time in the outdoors is important because the outdoors are naturally life-giving and invigorating, two things most relationships need.

Take a local course together: Lots of high schools and towns offer courses like finances and hobbies.  These are great options to spend a few hours together learning something new or learning about each other’s hobbies and interests.

Work with a coach on the stuff you’ve let stick around like that last pile of snow that doesn’t leave:  If you’re really suffering as the weather is this year, it may be time for some outside help.  It’s normal and healthy to talk/work with a coach or pastor, it’s an outside perspective that can help you two work through the issues that have been bothering you for a while, or just figure out what’s next in your relationship.

What do you plan to do to get some fresh life in your relationship this spring?

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