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10 Ways to Connect in 10 Minutes or Less

In an ideal world, you and your spouse get to enjoy a weekly date night and ample time each day to check in and connect. Reality looks different. Depending on your season of life, you might be lucky if you get a date night every couple months and a few minutes of quiet after the kids the are in bed – and before you’re both ready for bed, too. Even if things aren’t that hectic for you right now, sometimes you’re simply crunched for time. Do you have to sacrifice staying connected? We don’t think so. Here are 10 ways to connect in 10 minutes or less.

1. Get physical.

Go for a long bear hug, a cuddle session on the couch, hold hands, make eye contact, or try something spicier if the mood strikes. Physical affection can help you both relax and focus on being present and in the moment.

2. Dance to your favorite song(s).

Put on a song from your wedding, a throwback playlist that gets the nostalgia flowing, or jam out together to a concert favorite. Whatever you choose, forget everything else for a few minutes and just have fun.

3. Share a snack.

Fix up your favorite treat together or take turns making something for each other. Then sit down and savor it together, enjoying each other’s company in the process.

4. Make each other laugh.

Get goofy and go out of your way to crack each other up. Add an extra twist by seeing how long you can go without laughing – which, let’s be real, usually makes everything funnier. Laughter gets the endorphins flowing, and having fun together sparks your sense of connection.

5. Take a power walk.

Sneak away on a quick stroll around the block or neighborhood. Enjoy some fresh air as you chat about whatever is on your mind or share about your day.

6. Have a daily check-in.

This is a simple way to incorporate a quick reconnect into your everyday routine. Whether, it’s right after the kids are in bed or over your morning coffee, figure out a time that works for you so that you can be consistent.

7. Share a memory.

Start off a conversation with, “Remember when…” Whether you recall a funny memory or a sentimental one, reminiscing helps you connect over shared experiences.

8. Pray together.

Praying together is a simple yet intimate way feel more emotionally connected and better able to to work through conflicts. Consider adding it to your daily check in if that’s your style.

9. FaceTime each other.

Whether one of you is out of town, or you just want a pick-me-up in the middle of the day, do a quick FaceTime or video call. Seeing each other’s face allows you to pick up nonverbal communication that texting just doesn’t deliver.

10. Give each other a compliment.

Offering up some praise that’s specific and from the heart shows that you truly see and appreciate each other, even when life feels hectic.

Staying connected is crucial to maintaining a vitalized relationship. While it does take intention, it doesn’t have to take up hours every day (unless you want it to!) Consider using these quick ways to connect when time is limited.

How do you and your partner connect in 10 minutes or less? Let us know in the comments!

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