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10 ways to rekindle the flame in marriage

How to sidestep the routine and reignite the fire in marriage.
Chris Ayres, FamilyShare Modified: August 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm •  Published: August 13, 2014

We all have challenges in relationships with our spouses. The years go by and the turmoil of life often leaves its mark. The daily routine and various responsibilities of each spouse can bring a coldness to the relationship. Staying close to each other, learning to talk and taking care of the marriage depend on the willingness of both partners. However, we often don’t know what else to do in order to rekindle the flame that originally brought us together.

Here are a few tips on not letting the relationship cool down and fighting for a well-balanced love:

1. Go on another honeymoon

Even amidst the busyness of life, plan a prolonged holiday trip or weekend getaway, close by or far way, that will help you to turn off the world for a bit. Leave the kids with someone you trust, and turn everything off -- TV, phones and computers. Enjoy being together like you did on your first honeymoon.

2. Talk to and date each other

Every day, set aside at least a few minutes before sleeping to look each other in the eye and talk about your day between hugs and kisses. Start each day the same way, discussing the day in front of you and going over schedules. This energizes the relationship for another day.

3. Take care of yourself

Remember to always be clean, and smell fresh for those times you are able to spent short moments together. Create the moment by putting on some relaxing music and giving each other a little massage. Whatever brings you back to where it all started.

4. Plan a weekly get together

It can be difficult, but try to be able to take a few hours a week for just the two of you. Planning activities that are fun, romantic, productive and that truly strengthen your marriage is essential in keeping the flame alive.

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