For newlyweds, there is nothing quite like the first few years together as a couple. You can’t keep your hands off each other, everything seems fun and exciting, and you can’t seem to get enough of each other’s company. That said here are some fun new year’s resolutions that you can take on together as a couple in the upcoming New Year:
1. Sleep in together at least once a week. A few years down the line, many couples look back and wonder how those first couple of years slipped by so quickly. In your first year together as newlyweds, resolve to sleep in together at least once a week. After all, there is nothing like waking up and finding the love of your life sleeping peacefully beside you, or patiently waiting for you to awaken.
2. Try a new restaurant every month. Nothing brings people together like a culinary experience does. Take turns with your spouse picking out a new restaurant that you’d like to try and critique the food together. Surely you will spend countless priceless hours laughing over the terrible food. Or if you get lucky, you will find yourselves reveling in the other’s terrific choice.
3. Call everybody who attended the wedding at least once. Whether it’s to express your gratitude for their presence or their presents, set a weekend or two aside for that specific purpose. It’s a fun activity to partake in together and more importantly, your friends and family will definitely appreciate the gesture. It’s also a chance to touch base with people you may not have spoken to in awhile.
4. Take turns with the chores. Chores include cleaning the house, running to the store to pick up groceries, washing the dishes, taking out the trash, doing the laundry, etc. This is one issue that newlyweds commonly argue about early on in the marriage; it would be wise to settle it. You can even spice it up and turn it into a fun activity by deciding who gets assigned what with a game of strip poker. The winner gets to decide what chores he or she takes on for that month.
5. Set out on a romantic weekend getaway. If you have just gotten back from your honeymoon you may want to save this item for the third or fourth quarter of the year; just make sure to do it. They say that familiarity breeds contempt and if you and your spouse feel that you are just going through the motions day by day and you need a breath of fresh air, go away for the weekend. If budget is a concern, understand that you don’t have to break the bank. All you have to do is get on Google and find a B&B or inn that is an hour away. You can also ask your friends who have beach houses if they are willing to accommodate you.
6. Resolve never to go to bed angry. This may seem cliche, but its a popular mantra for many couples for a reason. Whether the subject of your fight is serious or trivial, make it a point never to go to bed angry with each other. This promotes a breeding ground for bitterness that will carry over to the next day and it will only worsen the problem. Either agree to disagree, or talk it out until you reach a solution even if this means staying up until daybreak.
7. Spend at least one weekend with each other’s in-laws. Sadly, it has become commonplace for couples to see their parents or families only during the holidays or in some cases, only in times of emergency or absolute necessity. Choose to distinguish yourselves from that trend and set a good example for your future children by making an effort to spend more time with each other’s families. Take advantage of holidays or long weekends. Your families will surely be thrilled to have you.
8. Get into the habit of saving and learning how to cut costs. Studies show that the number one culprit of arguments among couples is financial issues. Early in your marriage, it is advisable to discuss insurance plans, savings accounts, and other investments. Learn how to cut costs as a unit by taking advantage of coupons or deal sites, and choosing to forgo unnecessary expenses.
9. Improve your eating habits. If both of you are already health buffs, then that’s great. But chances are that one or both of you may have an unhealthy habit that may cost you in the future. With the New Year upon us, now is the perfect time to try and get healthier. Head to the store together and decide what items you want as a staple in your fridge. Resist the urge to pick up foods that are excessive in sugar or salt content and take the first step to a healthier life together, for many more years to come.
10. Don’t take your work home. Unless it’s an incontrovertible part of your job description, leave your work in the workplace. A balanced lifestyle and love life would require that you know how to compartmentalize and sort out your priorities accordingly. When you are at home, concentrate on and devote yourselves to each other fully. This will work wonders in getting your marriage off on the right foot.
These are only some of the numerous New Year’s resolutions you can make as a couple. Remember that there is no year like the first year together and that this is an opportune time to set the tone for the rest of your years together. Feel free to give these resolutions a twist of your own or come up with new ones.
What New Year’s resolutions will you and your spouse make for 2015?