It feels as though it happens overnight. Life becomes overwhelming. You and you partner end up spending more time apart due to hectic schedules. Pretty soon, it seems like a challenge to get any quality time together, let alone some form of a date night.
It is far too easy to start treating your partner as a roommate. Here are three signs that you are, and how to change it.
1. A PECK ON THE CHEEK IS AS STEAMY AS IT GETS
"Sex is a foundational ingredient for true intimacy. Of course, there has to be a balance. Typically, men and women follow an emotional-physical balance. In our culture, stress is a huge tension we are required to manage. One of the first things stress devours is your sex drive. So, it is natural for sex to be one of the first things to go from your relationship when stress is high. This can happen from something as basic as a busy schedule, and it can have the worst repercussions," shares Co-founder of Passion Provokers Marla Keller.
Keep in mind that most people over-estimate how often other couples are having sex. The national average is once to twice a month for couples over the age of 40. For those under the age of 40, the number almost doubles to about once a week (read more here). However, the benefits of having sex with your partner at least once a week are impressive.
2. YOUR LIFE REVOLVES AROUND YOUR (CHILDREN'S) SCHEDULE
"The problem with busy-ness is one of priorities. It is too easy in our current culture to be busy instead of productive towards our goals. When we put the things that mean most to us first, they are taken care of first. We need to write down our goals and put relationships first if we ever want to be successful, in anything. This means cutting out good things that get in the way of the best things," adds Co-founder Jami Keller.