by Delilah Moore
These days couples are having a difficult time balancing it all. You want to excel in your career, spend time with family and friends, work out and scroll through social media endlessly. But what about that amazing person in your life who is as stressed out as you are?
As couples, we can easily fall into a routine. We have a tough day and the last thing on our mind is planning something romantic when we get home. However, being so wrapped up in our own thoughts can lead to ineffective communication that may leave one or possibly both of you feeling neglected at times. Before it even has a chance to get to that point, nurture your relationship and make it a priority.
One of the best ways to do this is coming up with fun, creative date nights. While this may seem hard at first, before long you’ll be a pro. Besides, how many times can you go to your usual place for tacos and margs?
Let’s lower your stress while stepping up your romance game! Soon, you’ll see your relationship deepen with these acts of love for your partner and yourself. Here are some simple and romantic date ideas to mix up your next rendezvous.
1. Romantic Massage at Home
Before you stress out over the planning and mood-setting, don’t! It’s easy. Pick a night when neither of you have deadlines the next day. Now put on some mood music, place a few aromatherapy candles around the room, add our incredible Reign Together CBD Massage Oil and Kissing Balm to the mix and let those feel-good tingles work their magic. What sounds better than a massage and a kiss from the love of your life? (The proven health benefits of massage are just an added bonus.) Remember, you don’t have to be a pro; just be loving and caring toward your partner.
2. Standing Date Night
Schedule a specific day each month in advance, and block it off on your work calendars, too. When the time comes, pick a new restaurant you’ve both been wanting to try or that hot new bar that opened up in downtown. To make it feel extra special, meet at the restaurant instead of heading out from home together. Take it up a notch by dressing up a little more than usual. Make some jaws drop — because why not?
Chances are, the way you’re carrying yourself and how good you look for your night out may draw some attention from others — so play it up and flirt when your eyes meet across the room for the first time (it may feel like the first time you met all over again!). This idea can get a little spicy and it’s pretty fun. Remember that opening scene from Four Christmases with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon? You don’t necessarily have to go all out like they did, but you can if you want!
3. Cooking Together
Find a recipe you have both been waiting to try out and break out those matching aprons you never use. By cooking together, you’re cooperating and communicating. You’ll uncover stories about childhood memories, travels and even more juicy details, leaving you feeling connected and understood. Being in the kitchen together is an amazing opportunity to have a romantic time. So crank up the music and sizzle!
4. Plan a Picnic
Pack a blanket, some wine, cheese, meat and bread (or pick up some sushi if that’s more your style) and enjoy an outdoor dinner with your partner somewhere private, ideally where you can watch the sun set. Make sure the spot is out of the way of footpaths and provides enough seclusion to enjoy your time. Picnics are ideal for couples who understand the value of continuing to get to know more and more about one another, no matter how long you’ve been together.
5. Journal Together
Discovering a journal you would both enjoy filling out is an excellent way to deepen your communication and connection. Whether it’s filled with what-ifs, putting together bucket lists or simply writing three things you’re both grateful for that day, make sure you’re discussing it while writing it down. Doing this before bed not only makes us appreciate the small things but also reminds us that we have an amazing partner by our side on this crazy ride we call life.
6. Bubble Bath & Champagne
Let’s be real — who doesn’t love a nice warm bubble bath after a long day? Adding your partner and some champagne into the mix is an even better way to unwind. If you want to take it a step further, put on some face masks afterward to continue unwinding. After all, you both deserve a little pampering. (Feel free to mix in a little of our #1 tip for maximum romance!)
7. Plan Out Your Next Adventure
This is a great way to put the things you dream of experiencing with your partner – like going kayaking, skydiving and those other 100 date ideas you think of at the last minute that you don’t end up having the time or budget for — into action. By planning your dates ahead of time, you’ll always have something to look forward to! Start making those memories now.
8. Leave a Love Note
Are you the first to leave for work? Scribble a note and leave it on the fridge or bathroom mirror telling your partner or spouse one trait you love about them — or simply that you love them! If you’re the last to head out, leave a note that your partner can discover when they get home after work that’ll instantly brighten their mood. If you want to achieve rock star romantic status, try sneaking a note into your partner’s bag as they head out for the day, finding the note while at work is sure to bring a smile to their face.
Delilah Moore is an author and former manager for one of the top dating sites in the U.S. With a degree in Journalism and Literary Studies, she has her pulse on what’s going on in the world and also follows her creative passions! A people-person at heart, she adores time with her family, friends, trips to Napa and reading poetry. She also dabbles in the most recent love of her life, real estate!