Only last year, 76% of new marriage separation cases were initiated by UK women. In trying to take care of the family and other life’s pressures, it’s common for spouses to forget to spend quality time with each other. It’s not deliberate, but unfortunately, it happens a lot. However, according to relationship experts, spending quality time is the most suitable moment for couples to concentrate on themselves and talk about everything (and nothing) without disruptions. It goes beyond coming back from work and meeting each other again at home. Here are some other advantages to take note of.
- Improves communication
Most successful relationships thrive on effective communication. This is broader than just the usual talking to each other. Instead, effective communication in marriage is the deliberate effort taken by both spouses to talk about everything that concerns their bond and the family in general. Additionally, it dwells on successfully trashing out issues that are detrimental to the relationship as a whole.
By establishing open communication with each other, you automatically deal with positive and negative elements that add or take away from your bond. Good communication with your spouse also means you feel safe and comfortable to verbalise your innermost thoughts without fear of being judged. Even when differences arise (like any marriage), these communication skills contribute to effective management and resolution.
- Improves emotional and physical intimacy
After some years of marriage, it is quite natural to notice a physical and emotional intimacy reduction. This is probably due to the familiarity that sets in after a while. However, it is wrong to accept it and not work towards keeping these two elements alive. This is where spending quality time with each other matters. The guiding principle is quality time devoid of disruptions (especially with kids and even pets).
Committing to it provides a platform that allows both you and your spouse to reconnect as it was in your first year of marriage or even during the dating period. Intimacy is a critical element in marriage and cannot be taken for granted. You will not be wrong to describe it as an essential binding component that plays a significant role in fostering spousal closeness. Well-nurtured intimacy contributes to reducing marital boredom. While at it, you may want to consider a Love Story Book to appreciate the values you admire in your spouse.
- Improves mutual friendship
Good friends always share mutual respect. Based on this friendship, each person works towards maintaining the ‘health’ of their camaraderie. It is the same for your marriage. When friendship forms part of your marriage foundation, you tend to see each other as the closest friends before anything else. Indeed, this is not cliché. By spending time with your spouse, what you do is rekindle that friendship that feeds your relationship as a couple. This contributes to boosting your mental health, reducing stress and building self-confidence. Even better, it allows you to believe in the robust future of your marriage (that is if you both keep at it).
Quality time with each other is that much-needed moment to stay away from the rest of the family, even though you love them. Your marriage is that ‘love child’ which requires consistent nurturing to blossom.