Sometimes it can be difficult to stir the romance from slumber when the weather is miserable but with a little creative thinking there is much you can do to put some heat into your relationship. Here are my top romantic relationship re-connection ideas.
Ideas for winter romance and re-connection:
1. Experience ice skating
Ok so ice skating might be the last thing on your mind in the cold weather but bear with me. Ice-skating is one of the most romantic winter activities out there because most of us have to cling to each other to stay upright. Dating experiences such as ice skating provide laughter, bonding, and stories to talk about with the kids. You’re far more likely to remember a night on the ice than a coffee or movie, and to consider it ‘special’. Go on; get out of your comfort zone.
2. Endeavour on a joint creation
One of the biggest complaints my busy clients hold is that they have no time to unleash their creative spirit! Winter is the perfect time to get in touch with your creative passion and what better way to do so than in a joint project with your partner. Step one: find a project you will both enjoy such as re-designing a room in the house, building a photo book of your relationship memories or creating your first app. Second step: head down to your favourite café, scrap book or journal in hand, and create a joint vision for the project. Step three: get working…
3. Snuggle by the fire
Yes it’s a traditional romancing experience that never goes out of fashion. There is something magical about the beauty of flickering flames and the sound of a crackling fire that soothes the soul. Snuggling up by a fire is one of the most romantic experiences you can have anywhere, whether that’s in doors beside a roaring real log fire, or outside beside a fire that you have built yourself. Toasted marshmallows anyone?
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4. Go out in classy, roaring twenties style
There’s something about winter that just calls for getting dressed up in a fur coat and putting on some fantastic red lipstick. Perhaps it’s the drabness of the season. For something a little different, get dressed up to the nines and go on an old-fashioned date with your beau. Go out to a classy restaurant and then head to the theatre, or for extra vintage points, the opera or ballet.
5. Find a tropical garden haven
This will only work for you if you happen to live near a botanical garden, as I do. In the winter time I like to go in there to keep warm; the glass ceiling keeps the tropical plants nice and humid inside. One day I spied a couple who had sneaked into the very centre of the tropical jungle of plants, and were sitting there sharing a glass of wine among the giant ferns. It seemed like one of the most romantic things I’d ever seen, especially since it was such a beautiful sunny day and the place was almost deserted.
6. Celebrate Christmas in July
This isn’t really so much a date as a full weekend away, but if you can get one, a log cabin in the Blue Mountains can make for a wonderfully romantic winter scene. There’s something about total isolation and silence that brings on a real sense of togetherness. Perhaps there are other places also that you know celebrate Christmas in July. Buy each other gifts, cook a hearty Christmas meal, and if it isn’t pushing the cheesy too far, perhaps Christmas Carols?
7. Act like teenagers again
Sometimes when the weather is bad outside, we just have to give in to the impulse to stay inside and wrap up warm. One way of using that urge to make a date romantic is to have a teenage-style night in, resplendent with horror films, popcorn, and ostentatious making-out. Don’t just slouch on the coach as usual, do something to bring out your playful teenage spirit.
Author of De-stress Your Success: Get More of What You Want with Less Time, Stress and Effort, Sacha Crouch is a business, executive and life coach who helps people create the work and lives they love. For other free lifestyle resources visit www.activ8change.com.au.
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