With 2016 out of the way, 2017 has already completely won us over. 365 days, in which, here at Zankyou, we are convinced will be full of magic, lesson learning, and huge surprises that are going to give your love story another push in the right direction. All that we hope for in this new year is that you make the most of every second, and in order to do so we have put together a list of 20 new year’s resolutions for you and your other half.
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1. Dedicate more of your time to each other
We live in a society that seems to glorify the idea of being on the go CONSTANTLY. Getting into a routine where your job and your other obligations are the only things that keep you going will close you up into your own little bubble where the only thing that matters is you! So here it is, please make 2017 more focused on the other person that you get to share your life with; we know that the quality of these moments where it’s just the two of you are so important, and we don’t want either of you to be cut off from one another due to external factors. Give him the time that he deserves, and enjoy it with him!
2. Acknowledge the importance of family
It’s completely normal to have a point in your relationship when you both entirely believe that the universe revolves solely around your relationship, and even though this can be super romantic, the reality is that time hasn’t stopped for you two. This is the reason why we think that 2017 should be the year you use to really create intimate ties with family. Say those ‘I love yous’ that are missing, hug each other, smile more and really cherish the amazing parents and grandparents that you have. Make it a New Year’s Resolution to see each of your families more often and even get both of your families together! Even though this may seem hard to believe, you’ll be brought closer as a result.
3. Get out of the house!
If it gets to Sunday and the only thing you want to do is stay in bed, relax and forget the past week full of work that you’ve had, that’s ok sometimes, but we recommend that in 2017 you use that time to the full to get out of the house and fall in love with your surroundings all over again. You don’t have to fly to another continent to make the most of the outside world sometimes beautiful places are just around the corner! Getting out of a routine is possible, and the great thing is that the UK has an extensive list of beautiful places to visit (honestly!).
4. Health, health, and even better health
If you weren’t feeling great about your health in 2016, the new year is a great opportunity to leave behind your bad habits and really concentrate on changing your lifestyle into a much healthier one. Little changes such as exercise and a healthy diet go a long way but the important thing is that you make these changes together as a couple in order to become better versions of yourselves. Of course this involves a bit of hard work to start with, but we truly believe that these changes are worth making on an everyday basis to achieve a healthier lifestyle for you both.
5. More romance please!
You may be in the middle of wedding plans, you may already be married, or you may be making the most of your honeymoon halfway across the world. Whatever it may be, one of your best resolutions for the new year has to be prioritising romance in your relationship. Treat these next 365 days as if you were living a love story straight out of a film, make each other feel unique, valued and above all with acts of kindness and attention to detail. Attempt to win each other over as if you were doing it for the first time. This will help you to break your routine, and make the relationship feel new and fresh once more.
6. Read more!
This is a typical New Year’s Resolution but we are convinced that 2017 is going to be your year for finally finishing that endless list of books you have been meaning to read for ages. Make a list of books together, that you can read simultaneously to make it more interesting, or maybe take time at the weekend to find a lovely, cosy, little café to immerse yourself in a good book over a hot cup of coffee. Without a shadow of a doubt this is one of the best ways to feed your brain, and enjoy time together.
7. Take loads of photos. Because why not?
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to use a camera and be able to immortalise your best moments. Make the most of this year to capture the moments that you want to remember, the trips you go on, the times you go out together, your romantic escapades. There’s no need for excuses to take a nice picture together, right? The best bit is that you’ll be able to print them out, frame them and enjoy them everyday as a reminder of your own personal love story.
8. Relax and don’t get caught up in silly arguments!
We all know that relationships aren’t always a piece of cake, but in 2017 we want to stop always focusing on what isn’t going to plan, but more on the good times that are yet to come. Keep in mind that no love story is immune to problems and obstacles, but the well-being of your relationship depends on the strength with which you handle these problems. If you truly focus on the fact that it’s no more than a fleeting moment, if you give the best of yourselves, put on a brave face and continue fighting, the love you have for each other can face up to anything! Relax, go with the flow, nothing is better than that.
9. Be present and talk to each other
With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, all you want to do when you get home is turn on the telly, cut yourself off from the world and go to bed. Before you start doing any of that, how about you turn away from your technology, turn off the television and just talk to each other! Tell each other about your days, talk about what is on your mind, maybe a funny story that someone told you that day. The act of just listening to each other; will bring you closer, will make you understand and know each other more without simply depending on technology to save the day.
10. Always thank each other
There are lots of things we tend to take for granted in our day to day life: waking up, moving around, breathing, seeing.. Everything seems so normal to us, until we realise that the most ordinary jobs that we do every day are actually the most extraordinary! It’s precisely for this reason, that one of our resolutions for 2017 is to take a moment every morning to close our eyes and appreciate what we have, and everything that may be. Recognise that you are so lucky to have each other.
11. Be super money savers!
Let’s make 2017 the year where we don’t waste all of the money that falls into our laps, but keep it for the times when we really need it. This habit, more than being just a great habit to have, will allow you to treat yourself to a lovely dinner once in a while or go on a holiday that you have been planning to go on for years without the means to do so. Even if you just stop yourself spending those few extra pounds on a daily basis it will make a huge difference in your finances and even better it will really teach you the value of money.
12. Spend time with people other than your partner
We are obviously not asking you to spend the next 365 days going your separate ways! This list of resolutions has mentioned multiple times how important it is to spend time in each other’s company, but it’s also essential to find your own happiness. Go out with your friends, go to the cinema by yourself, explore, listen to music, relax, read and do whatever it is that makes you happy (and the same for him!). Don’t shut yourselves off doing everything together, this will probably result in you getting sick of each other (which is completely normal), best to make the most of your alone time that way you’ll enjoy the time you have together so much more.
13. Bye bye phone
This is probably one of the hardest resolutions to keep, and we’re not asking you to throw your phone out, or to forget about it forever, just maybe separate yourself from it once in a while. Make the most of the moments you have with your partner to chat, to laugh and be 100% present in the discussion without having to check your phone every five minutes or as soon as you get a text or a call. There’s time for all that later, and the world won’t stop turning if you don’t reply to a whatsapp message as soon as you see it, promise. The reality is that moving away from technology-based habits will bring you two closer.
14. Art in 2017
Museums, exhibitions, art galleries… All of these can be on your resolutions list, and the best bit is is that this resolution is good for your general culture! Make use of your weekends to walk around the historical centre of a town, see new places, admire artists’ work or go to a good concert that you’ll be sure to enjoy.
15. Discover new places
Do you always go to the same bars and restaurants? Well 2017 has to be different. Make a list of places you’d like to go to and make a resolution to check out all the places you don’t know. The objective is to go somewhere different every time you feel like going out with the goal of tasting new flavours, enjoying new atmospheres, and trying out new dishes to get you out of your comfort zone is a must!
16. Find yourselves a new hobby
Dancing, wine tasting, singing, fishing, playing golf, video games… anything goes! The most important thing is that you be willing to discover what your over half likes and be a part of it. Open your mind to the idea of doing things that you wouldn’t normally do, be adventurous!
17. Choose a new and upcoming TV series to watch together
Netflix has an extraordinary collection of TV series to choose from. Make a list of the ones that catch your eye, sit down and pick one that you promise to watch together. Don’t let yourself get ahead but really pick a time of day, of the week when you can enjoy it together. Pizza, cuddles and a good bottle of wine are all part of the equation.
18. Tell each other ‘I love you’
Everyday. An ‘I love you’ can completely change your day and make you feel closer than ever. When you wake up, a text during the day, before you go to sleep.. Any time or place during your day! The point is to actually say it.
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19. Pick out each other’s outfits
Even if it’s just once, you have to choose what he wears and he has to do the same for you. The results might surprise you, and it will be a lovely moment to get to know each other more and will most definitely be rather fun. Once you’re done that’s when you make resolution number 15 happen..
20. Give to others
It may be visiting an orphanage, an old people’s home, or giving some of your clothes to a charity, make 2017 the year where other people are a big part of your game plan. Put tins of tuna in a bag to give to the hungry, or blankets to give to the homeless, give what you have to those who have very little. In 2017 we want to truly work on the basis that every little helps.
How many of these resolutions are you planning on incorporating into your love life? Solidarity in any relationship is one of the key elements to creating a solid and thriving relationship that will stand the test of time. Doing things with your partner not only allows you to get to know them better, but it will also teach you a lot about yourself in the process. Use these resolutions to make 2017 the year for your relationship to go from strength to strength.