As we say goodbye to the long and lazy days of July, which coincidentally was National Anti-Boredom Month. For those of you who may be feeling the weight of all the free time summer has to offer, you may also be searching for things to do with your spouse or partner.
Summer time is the perfect time to finish up those little (or large) house projects you and your partner have been putting off. Paint the guest bedroom that new color. But don’t stop there! Once you’ve completed your project, celebrate that success and your teamwork with your partner.
2. Celebrate the little things
Kids away at camp? Celebrate! Planned and executed a (semi) successful family vacation? Celebrate! No matter the size of the event, celebrate your success. While not everything may warrant popping an expensive bottle of champagne, simply thinking about your success can do wonders.
3. Host a BBQ
July 4th may have passed but that’s no reason not to have friends and family over for some quality time (Especially since you may have a new deck patio to use or a refreshed guest room in need of some guests, if you followed tip
4. Build a Sand Castle
If you’re lucky enough to live near a beach or even a lake, building a sand castle with your loved one can be fun. You might even consider this a metaphor for your current relationship, as all relationships take work and the stability of your sand castle will depend largely on how strongly you’ve built your foundation. For those of you who may be landlocked this summer with little to no sand in sight, stop by Michaels to pick up some sand or make you own!
5. Pokemon GO
I can’t believe I am even suggesting this, but this tip comes from a couple I actually work with. Before Pokemon GO the wife walked the neighborhood by herself with the kids. Intro Pokemon GO she and her husband went from 0 walks a week to 3 together. A cool way for technology to bring some fun and exercise to a couple.
6. Get Outdoors
Get outdoors with your loved one. Water sports, like paddle boarding and kayaking, can be more enjoyable when you’re hot and sweaty, as the water will more than likely cool you off rather than chill you like during some colder months. Hiking nature trails early before it gets too hot may show you some local flora and fauna you’ve never dreamed you’d see.
7. See a movie
Summers are known for their blockbuster and family hits, so spend an afternoon at the theaters with your partner. Not big on theaters? Try watching a movie at home, with some popped popcorn, blankets, drinks of your choice, and lights dimmed. It’s all about attitude when it comes to beating the boredom and even something most of us take for granted.
8. Wash the Car
Chores? Over the summer? Forget it! But not just yet. There’s a reason films like Bad Teacher and Charlie’s Angels feature car wash scenes. There’s something sultry about getting soapy with your significant other and being able to spray them with water.
9. Expand Your Knowledge
It is a great time to take a course with your partner. How is your financial health? Perhaps take a course on estate planning, retirement, investing, cooking, etc. I know some of those don’t sound sexy but they can be very important and necessary in the legacy of your family and relationship.
10. Take it to 2 Wheels
Bicycling is a great way to spend summertime and the health benefits are just an added bonus. Wedding Crashers shows how much fun a summertime bike ride can be with someone you love. Break out the bikes, break out a sweat, and get moving! Rent a 2 seater bike and bike together, go teamwork.