“In the beginning, when everything is easy and people are under love’s spell, they want to hear everything their partner has to say and want to know everything they can about this mysterious other person, “Then, as the chemistry fades, they stop asking and begin to assume they know how their partner feels, thinks, and will react—and so they stop listening.”
When this happens, we start to prioritize other things over our partner. “Let’s face it: Life gets busy, “Something is always being sacrificed, whether it’s working out, hanging with friends, a good book you want to read. People start to assume their relationship will be fine even if they don’t put time and effort into it. This simply isn’t true.”
Another thing that causes couples to drift apart? Unresolved conflict. “People get stuck in these unresolved power struggles, and rather than go over the same old thing again and again, they move apart and become more and more remote and even indifferent.
Here are a few tips for how to reconnect with your spouse or partner.
1. Carve out time on the calendar
While putting time for connection on the calendar may feel like the least romantic thing ever, it’s critical to getting the job done. “Start by making time for each other every week, and do not take that date off the calendar under any circumstances except a true emergency.
2. Put away your phone
Trust us: Your Instagram feed can wait. Once you’ve made time to connect, put away those phones and start talking. “Think about how the two of you talked when you first got together. “You asked questions, you shared anecdotes about your day. So do this again. Find things to do that are new and different: Concerts, talks, hikes, movies, dog shows—it doesn’t matter what it is. Just get to know this person all over again.”
3. Spend time NOT talking
While there’s a time and place for talking, when it comes to reconnecting with your romantic partner, touch is just as crucial. “Hold each other for three minutes, spoon in bed in the morning or watch a movie and hold hands, even if it feels strange and disconnected,” Carroll advises. “Your bodies may remind you how to find one another before your minds do.”
4. Use technology to your advantage
While scrolling on date night won’t get you anywhere fast, there are ways to use technology to your advantage when you’re working on reconnecting with your spouse. “Send each other emails throughout the day, send sweet (or sexy) texts, remind your partner about a really great time the two of you had together.
5. Remember that there’s always something to appreciate
Even if you’re not feeling particularly close to your partner at the moment, appreciation is crucial to getting back to a positive place with him or her.
Reconnecting with your spouse is hardly as difficult as it may seem when you first set off to try to make it happen. So schedule a date night, send a few sexts, and watch that connection blossom.