There’s no time better than December to reflect on the year gone by and start thinking about what lies ahead. If you’re like us (and most other peeps!) it’s also the time when you start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Before you start feeling bummed about the age old New Year’s resolutions you’ve been making and breaking every year (lose weight on your list?), listen to this! This New Year, why not make your New Year’s resolutions as a couple? Think about it. Making your resolutions with your partner will mean you have something to work on together, as a team. And as a bonus you get to create some wonderful memories while you’re at it! Sounds like a plan? Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions you (and every sensible couple 😉 ) should make:
1. Sweat it out together…
Why look for a fitness buddy elsewhere when you can get fit and fab with your partner? With everyone and their aunt riding the fitness wave, there’s no better time to jump onto the fitness bandwagon. So after you’re done being wasted at this year’s New Year bash (it’s New Year’s, it’s allowed!), pick your favourite couple fitness activity and get going!
2. Bake as a couple
Did you know that cooking together as a couple can strengthen your relationship? And baking is even better coz it means you get to dish out some fabulous grub without slaving over a hot stove- that’s the oven’s job!
Looking for some fabulous recipes to begin your foray into baking? Take a look at our recipe selection here.
3. Be nice, not nasty!
When you’ve been in a comfortable relationship for a while you can tend to nag, nag, nag….Sounds familiar? Make a New Year’s resolution to be nice instead. The next time you feel compelled to criticize your partner, pay them a compliment instead!
4. Kiss, kiss, hug, hug…
No, we haven’t suddenly lost the plot; we’re still talking New Year’s resolutions! Cuddling, kissing and hugging- for no reason at all!- are great ways to keep the spark alive in your relationship. Baby steps- start with a ‘good morning hug’ soon’s you open your eyes and a ‘welcome back kiss’ when you walk thru the door from work- and take it from there!
5. Break some bad together!
Um, we’re talking bad habits, of course! Whether it’s smoking, gorging on junk or yapping too much on WhatsApp (guilty!), pick one habit, make a couples pact and resolve to break it together!
6. Don’t forget to play!
Yes, play! And we’re not talking organized sport (though you can do that as well!), we mean silly, non serious stuff. Stuff like pillow fights, talking in funny voices or inventing a language only the two of you understand. Use your imagination; even if you can’t think of anything, you’ll still have loads of fun being silly!
L.I.S.T.E.N. Seriously, if there is just ONE thing you decide to do together as a couple, let it be this one. Okay, straight after the bake together one 😉 Active, mindful listening is NOT easy, but it truly is the best thing you can do for your relationship. So, the next time your partner’s sharing stuff with you, stop what you’re doing, look them in the eye and listen up.
Need some help with the listening? Try our fun challenge, it’ll be half the battle won!
Here’s to happy New Year’s resolution making and stronger, fabulous and fun relationships!