It’s essential to feel connected to your partner, no matter what stage your relationship is in. Feeling close comes more naturally in the beginning stages when you are head over heels in love, and as you settle in your relationships and life gets busy, it’s easy to grow apart.
That’s why relationships are hard work, but using the mindfulness activities I’ve compiled, you can have fun while working on your relationship and connection with your romantic partner.
When you are mindful, you are present in the now and you practice compassionate, non-judgmental awareness of yourself, the moment, and your partner. Mindfulness, thus, helps you strengthen your relationship in sustainable and meaningful ways.
Include these mindfulness exercises for the benefit of you, your partner, and your relationship.
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Why Mindfulness Matters in Your Romantic Relationship
When you practice mindfulness on your own, you gain various benefits like improved concentration, reduced stress, and better emotional intelligence. So when you do mindful activities with your partner, you get these benefits and more.
In a relationship, mindfulness helps you:
10 Mindfulness Activities to Improve Your Relationship
When you practice mindfulness in the relationship realm, you are engaging in mindfulness-based relationship enhancement (MBRE), which is based on mindfulness, acceptance, relaxation, and self-broadening.
1. Practice Deep Breathing
Breathing is essential to living, yet we often snatch at breath like it’s limited. To become more mindful, you need to be aware of your breath.
Practice deep breathing with your partner for 10 minutes a day or every other day.
To do this deep breathing mindfulness activity with your loved one, follow these instructions:
2. Visualize Your Love
Visualizing comes with many benefits, from improving relaxation and your overall well-being to helping you reach your goals. To become mindful with your partner and use visualization, also sometimes called imagery, follow these steps:
3. Meditate Together
You can meditate together a few times a week. Your partner can be your accountability person, and meditation helps reinforce positive vibes.
To meditate together, follow these general steps:
There are various meditations you can do with your partner. For example, there’s the loving-kindness meditation, mindfulness meditation, mantra meditation, guided meditation, and more.
4. Be Grateful With Your Partner
Schedule regular gratitude check-ins with your partner to foster positive emotions and feel more connected. When you are grateful, your body releases the love hormone, aka oxytocin, so when you are thankful for your partner, you love them more in that moment and you feel closer to them.
To practice gratitude with your partner, set aside 5-10 minutes a day. Ideas for gratitude activities include:
5. Do a Mindfulness Workshop
You and your partner can also attend a mindfulness workshop (or two) to help you become more mindful.
It’s always a good idea to educate yourself because there are so many ways in which you can be mindful together.
Some mindfulness workshops you can check out are:
6. Do Couples Yoga
When you do yoga, you are very much present in the moment and mindful of yourself. So when you engage in couples yoga, you tune into your partner to align your breath, and you work on support, communication, and being there for each other.
You can attend in-person classes, book one-on-one sessions with a trainer, or check out what’s available on YouTube and practice at home.
Choose between these types of couples yoga:
7. Declutter Your Home
You probably think this is a chore and not an exercise in being mindful. But when your home is full of clutter, so is your mind and your relationship.
It’s time to get rid of clutter so you can focus on what’s important in your life. The benefit of decluttering with your loved one is that you can switch off, unwind, and be mindful about the items in your home.
In true Marie Kondo fashion, ask yourself whether the item sparks joy in your life. You can also reminisce with your partner as you come across items that hold meaning.
8. Massage Each Other Sensually
Mindful touch helps you relax and makes you feel closer to your partner. The purpose of a sensual massage today isn’t to lead to sex, but if it does, great for you. The main purpose is to connect with your loved one, make them feel special, and to be mindful that you are spending quality time together.
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So follow these steps to get started:
9. Forest Bathe
It’s wonderful to spend time in nature, and the Japanese call this shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) that quite literally means to “bathe in a forest.”
You don’t actually take a physical bath; it’s more of a soul bath as you are quiet and calm and observe the nature that’s around you.
Take your partner with you to forest bathe in your garden, local park, or a national park. You can sit next to a tree and focus on breathing deeply, collect rocks or leaves and be mindful of the object (how it feels, how it looks, etc.), and do a nature scan (where you notice your partner, the space you’re in, and what you feel, see, smell, and hear).
10. Create a Vision Board Together
You can also create a vision board with your partner to engage in mindfulness. Choose a theme for the board and start making it.
The vision board can be about bucket list activities, your shared vision for the future, what you are grateful for, and milestones in your relationship.
There are so many ways you can be mindful with your partner, and it’s essential to do at least one of these mindfulness exercises a day.
Keeping your relationship strong, happy, and healthy takes continuous hard work. But with these mindfulness activities, you won’t feel like it is work because you’ll enjoy spending time with your loved one while you reap the benefits.
You want to be connected and feel loved and supported, so be mindful!
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