We can often fall out of love, especially when we have been in a long term relationship. With so much going on in our lives, love and romance can easily take a back seat. If you feel your relationship lacks romance, hold on…there’s still hope. 7 Ways to Bring Romance back In Your Relationship
Being “in love.”
How do you maintain it? How do you keep from experiencing what I have heard so many people say? “I love her, but I’m not in love with her”. Is it luck? Hard work? A choice?
I have watched many decide to divorce. To admit they have failed in maintaining the love for someone they vowed to love. Forever. It feels awful. I know. I have done it myself.
I have also known many who remain married. For whatever reason. Financial. “The kids.” Habit. Maybe there is love there, but hardly anything about it feels fresh. Like the love was born today, not years ago.
I like to ask a question in therapy.
“Knowing all the things you know now, why would you marry your partner today? What would cause you to say “I do” all over again?”
If you don’t know the answer to that question, it’s pretty likely you are not happy in your marriage.
That’s not to say it’s hopeless.
1) Maybe you are hanging on to resentment.
Forgiveness is essential in a long-term relationship. I know I have both given it and received it on my own.
2) Maybe the two of you have ignored your relationship.
You have put the children or your job first. Always. This is such a common mistake. It’s easily justified. “I need to make money so we can send the kids to college.” “I am so busy getting the kids to all their activities, I don’t have time to do anything else.” “I am incredibly tired after working all day…”
Marriage can’t take a back seat. It will die a slow death. You have to give time to each other.
3) Maybe you are not happy with yourself.
This is hard to see. Especially if you become attracted to someone else. Then it really gets messy. And painful.
Affairs are frequently about believing that someone else holds the power to make your life what you have always thought it could be. Well, guess what? You actually hold that power.
You have to confront in yourself what perhaps you don’t want to admit. It could very well be about you. You have issues from the past that are governing you. You are struggling with your own worth or insecurities. You aren’t who you thought you would be or you are struggling with getting older.
Perhaps it is your marriage but these things need to be considered carefully.
Marriage can’t take a back seat. It will die a slow death.
4) You don’t touch each other. Literally.
We all may watch a lot of sex in movies and on TV. But there are lots of folks who are too worn out from their daily lives to even hold one another. They forget that touching and making love are ways to connect and re-energize in a unique way. You can learn that again. It may be awkward but it’s possible.
Initially, it was new and exciting. Lust/love is what I call it. Now it may be more intentional.
5) Maybe you haven’t laughed in a long time. Together.
I have listened to many people struggle and fight. When they can, at the end of a session, laugh about something, I feel much more optimistic about whether or not they will make it. There’s something positive connecting them.
6) You don’t have anything you are striving for together.
This happens when people don’t talk. Don’t realize the importance of having a common goal. Whether it’s work in your community, in a church, in your own lives. That goal brings fresh excitement and a sense of purpose to marriage. What are the two of you about? What do you care about together? Important questions to answer.