Valentine's Day the Wellness Way: 5 Date Ideas with a Wellness Twist
Valentine’s Day can be sickly sweet at best or commercially driven fake love cards at worst. Since I’m always up for an excuse to spend more time with my hubby though, I like to look at this holiday, not as a jaded adult, but instead as a reminder to make dates a little special every once in a while. Because we’re all about wellness here, what a great opportunity to infuse some healthy options into the mix of all the potential date ideas out there. So here are our top 5 date ideas, with a wellness twist.
Our Favorite Wellness-Inspired Date Ideas
1. Make Dinner at Home – this is one of my favorites, as it is active and allows for conversation and time to connect on what’s been going on in each other’s day-to-day. In fact, studies have shown that making dinner at home more often is associated with a healthier diet. Pick out a new recipe, order your groceries from a delivery service, and divvy up the tasks so you each contribute to the meal-making process.
2. Enjoy a Spa Day – I recently took my husband to try float therapy with me (check out this blog post if you want to hear more on what that experience was like!). Float spas are a great option, especially right now with COVID restrictions still in place, as it is a non-contact spa service. While this date will keep you and your partner separated for an hour in a zero-gravity float tank, you’re sure to come out of the time relaxed and free of all of the daily stressors.
3. Move Your Body Together – While I’m sure you can think of many ways to move your body together… I’m talking about scheduling time to try out a new workout. Studies have shown that by participating in a new physical activity together, couples reported feeling more satisfied with their relationship and more in love with their partner. Not only is it a great way to increase relationship satisfaction, but movement is also great for your overall health. My favorite recent find since lock downs began last year is going on a walk together in a forest preserve. But if you live in a colder climate like I do, another great option for this time of year is the peloton app. You don’t have to own a bike to use the app as they have a wide variety of non-cycling classes, and they offer a 30-day free trial as well.
4. Rearrange Your Furniture – ok, stay with me here...re-arranging your furniture might sound boring to some, but keeping with the research that switching things up can drive increases in relationship satisfaction means that it can apply to making your surroundings feel new as well. Couple that with the fact that moving furniture is also a physical activity, and it’s a perfect combination for a snowy, pandemic friendly date night. Buy a feng shui book to help you optimize the space, and you’ll be feeling refreshed and connected in no time.
5. Laugh Together – There are so many studies out there about the benefits of laughter, and it’s a common experience to lose some of the fun in your life as you become an adult with all kinds of responsibilities. Finding an activity that will put you both in a state of flow, where you can connect, and be playful, is a recipe for fun and laughter. My favorite option for this is to play a classic card game like War or Circle of Death, but whatever works for you is what is sure to make you laugh.
It’s funny, but oftentimes the simplest dates have been the ones where my husband and I have connected the most. These fall into that category for sure, so while they may not be water cooler highlights (who’s standing around a water cooler these days anyways?!), I hope you come away from this blog post with some new ideas to connect with the one you love the most this holiday.