Written by: Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Becca Malizia, BS
Couples that heal together, stay together. While Valentine’s Day is definitely a hallmark holiday, hyped up by advertising and marketing, it still offers anyone an excuse to celebrate the love they share with someone special. The hype around this holiday can put a lot of pressure on couples. Do we celebrate, or do we not? Should we get each other something? Okay, but nothing too big, it is just a stupid holiday right?!
While whatever you decide to do, or not do, is completely up to you, Valentine’s Day offers a great excuse to do something that rejuvenates you and your partner, celebrating your love and life together.
Here are some ideas for health promoting, symptom reducing, romantic activities to do with your loved one:
1. Get a Couples Massage
What’s a better way to relax than with a massage? Whether it’s deep tissue, Swedish, Aromatherapy or Hot Stone, all have incredible health benefits. Some of these include reduce stress, decrease muscle and joint tension, improved circulation, and pain relief. Doing a massage together guarantees you both leaving feeling rejuvenated and de-stressed, ready to celebrate each other.
2. Attend a Cooking Class
Food is the cornerstone for good health and should not be ignored! Whether you are an expert meal prepper, or never cooked in your life– there’s a cooking class for you. You can pick from specialty classes like ‘how to make your own sushi’, to more basic classes like ‘how to bake a turkey’. You can even selectively search for classes that avoid an allergy or certain food group. Cooking classes are a great way to spend some time together, learning something new that you can incorporate in your home, all while having a great time!
3. Get Outside! Bundle Up and Go Hiking
Hiking is one of the best forms of exercises, incorporating cardio with muscle burning steps. Cold, warm, rain or shine, engaging in nature can also boost your mood and is extremely beneficial to your overall wellness. Forget about your phone, your to-do-list, and work on being in the present, surrounded by the beauty of nature. If it’s cold, layer up! Exercise promotes the release of endorphins, which is even better when shared with someone you love.
4. Do Something Different- Take a Day Trip
Break out of your routine! Go anywhere and do anything, as long as it is something out of the ordinary. Visit a different museum in a close by city. Look for a new farmers market and cute town to explore. Watch a sunset or sunrise in a new place. One of the best things you can do with your partner is experience new things. Daily routines are great, necessary even. Having standard date nights are good, comforting. But spending time experiencing something new, together, can bring your relationship even closer together.
5. On a Strict Diet but LOVE a Night Out?
Make your own diet approved romantic dinner and set up a picnic or fancy dinner scene in your own house. Transform the dining room table by adding a table cloth, candles, wine and rose petals. Set up a cozy picnic on the living room floor in front of the fire with pillows, candles, and a basket. It’s all about presentation and planning. The love is in the effort and thought, not the money you spend.
Any other ideas? Comment below!