Grow even closer this week­end

Five ways to break out of your rou­tine with some se­ri­ously fun two­some time

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Contents -

DITCH YOUR CLOTHES

Spend Sat­ur­day as if your place were a nud­ist colony. You’ll still do ev­ery­day things like laun­dry, read­ing and eat­ing avo­cado toast... but in your birth­day suits. Along with some silli­ness, you’ll also be eye­ing off each other’s hot bits. But make a pact not to men­tion sex out­right. Hav­ing no pres­sure to have it al­lows space for cre­at­ing deeper in­ti­macy and a pow­er­ful sex­ual con­nec­tion, says Jeney. So when bae ac­ci­den­tally brushes against your bod and things heat up from there, the ac­tion will be even more fiery and in­tense.

PLAN AN OVERNIGHT

Stay in town, but switch up your scenery by book­ing one or two nights at a funky Airbnb or a nearby ho­tel. Af­ter check­ing in (and test­ing the bed!), head out to that cute restau­rant you Googled, take a long walk in a rando part of the city, or play tourist and visit a lo­cal at­trac­tion you haven’t been to. ‘Get­ting out of your rou­tine in­spires flir­ta­tion and a sense of mys­tery that’s cru­cial for re­la­tion­ships,’ ex­plains Jeney. To max out the stay­ca­tion’s po­ten­tial, agree to ditch so­cial me­dia. And for ex­tra oomph, pack some sexy lin­gerie.

CRUSH A DIY PROJECT

Whether it’s potting in­door plants, de­sign­ing a gallery wall, or build­ing a ta­ble, this week­end, you’re gonna do that thing you keep say­ing you should,

sug­gests Jen­nifer B. Rhodes, PsyD, founder of Rap­port Re­la­tion­ships. ‘En­gag­ing in some­thing cre­ative to­gether can be a bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.’ So meet up at a home­im­prove­ment store to grab sup­plies, then spend the next 48 hours bring­ing your cre­ation to life. Your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills will be tested – but also strength­ened – and you’ll feel like a dream team when you fin­ish, says Jeney. (Bonus: a two­per­son shower awaits.) On Sun­day night, in­vite some pals over to ad­mire what you made.

TRY A NEW CUL­TURE

Say you two have been dy­ing to visit Spain. Well, no one is stop­ping you from bring­ing Spain to you, Fill two full days with eat­ing foods na­tive to the coun­try (tapas! san­gria! paella!) and tak­ing dance lessons (fla­menco!) at a nearby stu­dio. Check out Groupon for dis­counts on last­minute classes.

Build­ing a week­end around a wan­der­lusty lo­cale you’re both in­ter­ested in will seem spe­cial and make you feel in­ter­twined be­cause you ex­pe­ri­enced this cul­ture to­gether, says Jeney.

SHACK UP OUT­SIDE

Head to your back­yard or lo­cal camp­grounds and erect a two­per­son tent. That’s your bed­room for the week­end. ‘Get­ting out­side is so help­ful for all of us to re­ally con­nect,” says Rhodes. Then turn off all your tech, and if pos­si­ble, build a fire, roast hot dogs and marsh­mal­lows, play cards, stargaze, and in­dulge in an hours­long cud­dle­fest. If you don’t have out­door space, make a pil­low fort in your liv­ing room, cue up a fire­place on YouTube and get your snug­gle on.

‘FANCY SOME NAKED DIY?’

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