You and your partner don’t get out much, if at all
Life is busy and stressful. And, amid the craziness, you forget about taking time to connect as a couple. You know that you both need to re-connect and spend time together. But, you’re too overwhelmed right now to think of creative date night ideas. As a couples therapist in Orange County, I hear this all the time!
I get it!
Especially when I work with couples with demanding jobs, are raising children, travel often, or have never seemed to be in the same place at the same time. It’s very common and very normal. It doesn’t mean that you’re not invested in your relationship or your partner. It’s simply the season of life that you’re in right now.
Most couples go through periods of disconnect. During this time, they don’t spend intentional time together. But, problems arise when disconnect continues for long periods. When this occurs, couples may stop communicating with each other and may benefit from the support of a couples therapist.
Problems vary from couple to couple. But, in my experience as a couples therapist, repercussions of not spending time together are:
- A lack of intimacy
- Poor communication
- Increased arguments
- … and more
The good news is that date nights offer you and your partner an easy opportunity to reconnect and show each other that you care. So, hire a babysitter if you need to, have your assistant hold your calls, and put a date night on your calendar. If you’re looking for some ideas, check out my list of top 7 date night ideas in Orange County, CA.
#1: A K Pop Dance Class
Do you and your partner enjoy dancing to fun music? If so, then this is a great opportunity for you to do something fun together. Right now they’re currently offering their classes online. That means you can do them from the comfort of your living room! How fun is that? So, make a date with your partner. Learn choreographed dances to your favorite K Pop songs from artists like 2NE1, SNSD, Big Bang, or Psy!
#2: Take a Painting Class
There are many places to take painting classes with your partner. Give your date night with some artistic flair! Personally, I enjoy going to my local 4. Pinot’s Palette for their local Wine and Paint Night! This is a great chance to spend time together, drink some wine, and make a piece of art that you get to take home and display. It can give you a lovely reminder of your time together.
Find a Pinot Palette location near you!
#3: Balboa Island
Looking for a casual date night? I suggest grabbing a frozen banana and walking around Balboa Island. If the weather is nice, rent a paddleboard, go on a whale/dolphin cruise, rent a bike, take a surf class, or enjoy a picnic. If the weather isn’t so great, check out one of the fabulous beachside restaurants. Or, take a scenic drive and check out the luxury real estate the area has to offer.
#4: Rent a Gondola in Newport Beach
Newport Beach is a beautiful and scenic area to spend time in. One fun and interesting way to do this is to rent a gondola and explore the canals. Gondola Adventures offers many romantic options to spice up your ride and create a romantic getaway for you and your love.
#5: The Camp and The Lab
The Camp is a cool area to explore in Costa Mesa. It’s an eco-friendly retail and restaurant campus with cool metal sculptures for you and your partner to see. Check out their unique storefronts and eateries. Or, visit one of their events for a good environmentally conscious time.
#6: Orange Circle Plaza Square
Do you and your partner enjoy vintage charm? If so, then this date night spot is right for you! Check out their cool vintage shops, restaurants, and cafes for some old-school charm.
#7: The Anaheim Packing House
This is an awesome destination for foodies. The Anaheim Packing house resembles food halls in Europe and other parts of the world. Here you’ll find a wide variety of things to eat and drink from all over the world. The restaurants represent all kinds of cuisines. No matter what you like you’re sure to find something here!
Regardless of what you choose to do with your partner, take some time out of your busy lives to connect. You will find that the more often you do this, the more your communication and intimacy improve. Thus, happier you will both feel in your relationship.
If your relationship or marriage is in a rocky spot and you need support, consider contacting a couples therapist. A couples therapist can help you both express your concerns and troubleshoot any problems that arise. They can also teach you new ways to communicate in more efficient ways and boost intimacy.
Begin Couples Therapy or Marriage Counseling in Orange County, CA
Dating your spouse is a great way to keep things fresh in your relationship. I hope this blog has helped you think of activities for you and your significant other. Our team of caring therapists is trained and ready to offer you further support with couples therapy. A couples therapist from our Orange County, CA-based therapy practice would be happy to support you. To start your therapy journey, please follow these steps:
- Click here to schedule your first session or set up a free consultation
- Meet with a member of our team
- Start receiving trained relationship support
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