ByÂ Dr. Tranquility â€”Â Lydia Belton, PhD, Ct. H.A.
The fun andÂ flirtinessÂ of summer makes this season notorious for lust andÂ love. Whether youâ€™re still testing the waters likeÂ Kim KardashianÂ and her new beauÂ Kanye West, or you have found long-lasting love likeÂ Jennifer AnnistonÂ andÂ Justin Theroux, here are some tips to make your summerÂ romance endless.
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1. Plan your fall activities now:Â With Labor Day right around the corner, you and yourÂ special someoneÂ will have no problem finding something to do as long as the long weekend is filled with activities. Consider the Hudson Valley Fall Festivals or visit Cape Cod in Boston to check out Marthaâ€™s Vineyard for festivals and fairs going on all weekend. On the West Coast, travel to San Francisco (the weather is better in the fall than in the summer) or Laguna Beach. Wherever you decide to go or not, the point is that planning together strengthens theÂ commitmentÂ in your relationship while giving both of you something in which to look forward.
2. Get into a routine:Â Things tend to get a little â€śrealâ€ť when September rolls around and you realize that you have to get back into your work or school routine. Now is the time to ease into those very important chats about where yourÂ relationshipÂ fits among all of the other chaos. Fall also brings along family and holiday gatherings.Â Get a feel for each otherâ€™s traditions and core values.Â Holidays tend to bring tension and anxiety to a new relationship, so reduce the stress with lots of communication, and be prepared for theÂ familyÂ reunions and gift giving to come.
3. Get excited for football season:Â What is more fun than tailgating for a big game with all of your friends? Get all of the food and beverages together, and make an awesomeÂ day tripÂ out of it. If either of you have a college homecoming game on the horizon or a professionalÂ football gameÂ youâ€™re dying to attend, go together for an unforgettable experience.
4. Fall means fall clothes: Shopping is my all-time favorite sport. Plan to go on a spree like aÂ Kardashian, but do it together.Â Hit one of those great outlet malls to make your shopping outing even more enjoyable.Â Helping one other select clothes you both like is an intimateÂ activity â€” youâ€™ll both be stimulated by the experience, so make sure to have a great night planned as well.
5. Stay in touch while at work: If you are both career people, the end of summer means an accelerated work schedule.Â Donâ€™t let work have all of your attention. Call or text yourÂ honey to simply ask how his or her day is going. Try to keep it short to respect each otherâ€™s schedules, but do it at least once each day. It shows that you are in each otherâ€™s thoughts and that you care, which is essential toÂ budding your relationship. When you get together after a long day, give each other a detailed breakdown to show your partner that theyâ€™re a part of your life even when youâ€™re not together.
There are a couple weeks still left of summer, so keep up the romance by completing everything you have left to do on your checklist. Go kayaking, continue to dine outdoors and have another beach day before itâ€™s back to business in the fall. All of the time you spend together now will help you develop and maintain theÂ feelingsÂ that will keep your relationship thriving throughout the fall.
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