Did you know that three-quarters of Canadians (74%) say they find they are “in the mood” more often in the summer. I actually didn’t know that either, but when I think about it, both of my kids were conceived in the Fall and born in the Summer.
There is physiological reason for that. As the days get shorter, and light levels are lower (in the fall and winter), the pineal gland secretes more melatonin, which inhibits sex drive and influences sleep and energy levels.
And there are also lifestyle factors. As the dog days of summer wind down and hectic work schedules, family obligations and social commitments start to pick up, it can be hard to schedule date nights. But - it is crucial to make time to nurture your relationship!
Lida Elias, CEO and creative date planner at ‘Save My Date’, a company that offers personalized date planning services suggests that with a little effort, you can translate the feeling of effortless summer romance into the fall months.
So let’s adapt for the Autumn weather with activities you and your spouse can do while spending quality time together.
You can still plan weekend trips! The campgrounds aren’t as busy as they are in the summer season and with less traffic, you’ll likely find it’s a shorter drive out of the city so who needs the extra day? Book a campsite and enjoy roasting marshmallows at the fireside. The cooler fall air may require a bit more cuddling as the two of you enjoy an evening under the moon and thousands of stars!
Go apple picking, then plan for a romantic evening of baking. Enjoy the fall weather together at an apple orchard then spend the evening enjoying the fruits of your labour by baking up an apple pie. There could be an added benefit to your delicious dessert. Studies have shown that men are attracted to the scent of baking food and cinnamon. In fact, studies also show that cinnamon increases the blood flow to the male genitals.
Go for a walk or hike. It’s a great time to get outdoors to see the leaves changing colour. You may even find you enjoy spending time together outside even more in the cooler air, when you don’t have to deal with the heat and humidity.
Hit a patio that has space heaters available. Some restaurants will still have their patios open until late September. If this is a favourite activity for you and your partner, stretch out patio season as long as you can before it gets too cold!
I think my favourite of these activities would be the apple picking and baking together. When I think about it, I don’t think my husband and I ever cooked together and ate our meal while being alone. This sounds pretty awesome to me.
What are some activities you and your spouse do in the Fall?