Five Ways to Keep the Romance Alive When Time is Tight

As you can imagine by my sporadic posting schedule, things are still a bit hectic for us right now. The end of the school year is upon us, wrap up events are happening in the evening, the JA has returned to grad classes for his summer session and, well, we kind of want to spend time with each other without one of us using an electronic device. (Easier said than done, my friends.)

However, in these crazy times, we’ve found a few ways to keep our relationship steady without having either one of us feel neglected.

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1. Spend some time apart. This may seem counterintuitive, but when I’m stressed I get cranky. No one likes a cranky partner. By taking time to ourselves – whether it be at the gym, a happy hour with friends, Book Club, or a run – we can get all our negativity out of our system before unleashing it on the other person. Makes for more quality time AND a happier couple.

2. Make time for each other. Even when the JA has an incredibly long day, he does his best to at least take five minutes to sit with me and chat about his day. It’s not much, but it’s better than him just entering the house, kissing me on the cheek and heading straight to bed. Communication is integral to any successful relationship, so by setting aside even a little bit of time just for your partner, it can go a long way in making them feel important.

3. Laugh. During busy times, tension can run high. To paraphrase the cinematic classic (Legally Blonde), “Happy people just don’t kill their husbands.” By diffusing this tension, you not only are producing endorphins to increase your own mood, but you’re making memories with each other and bonding through giggles.

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4. Chat it up. I mentioned this before, but when we feel like we’re on opposite schedules we up our communication. Texting, email and quick visits at work help reinforce the foundation of love we’ve already built. A simple, ‘I miss you’ or ‘Hope you’re having a good day’ can make a big difference in getting you through until you can spend some face time with each other.

5. Small gestures/gifts. Everything from making the bed to sending a bunch of flowers to work let’s your loved one know that you’re thinking of them. Having the knowledge that the other person in your relationship cares enough to take time out of their day to do something for you puts a smile on your face and helps ease the pain of their absence.

How do you and your partner keep the connection strong when time is tight?

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6 thoughts on “Five Ways to Keep the Romance Alive When Time is Tight

  1. We’ve been dealing with this problem lately – we work opposite hours so the weekends are our only time together. We’ve been making a point to spend at least half a day hanging out only with each other. Date day or night once a week keeps things exciting!

  2. Great list! It’s hard esp if you are both busy people and work different hours. I’m starting a once a month date night with my bf and I where we alternate planning-even if it’s just getting takeout and renting a movie!

  3. Z’s been working nights lately so he’ll just be getting up to start his day while I’m going to bed. It sounds silly but he always makes sure to tuck me in and ask how my day was. Opposite schedules aren’t ideal but it’s a nice little way to catch up.

    • That’s so sweet! The JA kisses me before he leaves for work in the morning. Usually, I’m still half asleep, but it’s nice to know that he takes the time to say hello – especially if we don’t reconnect until late in the evening.

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