Self-care is all about checking in with yourself and refilling your cup. However, it doesn’t have to be a solo endeavor. Invite your partner in on the pampering to amplify your self-care routine. The two of you will not only intentionally take the time for rest and reprieve, but also be bonding and creating new memories together. Here’s six self-care ideas that you and your partner can practice together.
Plan a Spa Day
Treat yourself and your partner to a day of hydrating your skin, scrubbing off calluses, soaking in the bathtub, sipping on wine and caring for your cuticles. Whether you choose to pay for a spa day or have an at-home experience, the focus is on you and your partner caring for yourselves.
Venture Into Nature
Whether it’s a botanical garden, the beach, the mountains or a nature trail, getting outside is a form of self-care. Time in nature has proven to reduce stress levels, boost mental health and stimulate the immune system. Take in the sights that your city has to offer and embrace the sounds of the great outdoors.
Indulge on a Decadent Meal
Make a reservation at your favorite restaurant or schedule a food delivery service. Take something off your to-do list, and eat a nourishing and balanced meal packed with proteins, healthy fats and good carbohydrates. Avoid sugar-heavy foods that will cause your blood sugar to spike and lead to a crash later. Treat yourselves to a meal that you both don’t have to cook.
Book a Sweat Session at a Hot Yoga Studio
Another self-care idea is to book a hot yoga cardio class for you and your partner. As you exercise, your bodies will release mood-boosting serotonin and dopamine. You will not only be breaking a sweat, but also get in a good laugh as you slip and slide across that yoga mat with your partner.
Imagine you and your partner coloring, drawing and laughing like kids again. If you’ve never taken a sip ‘n paint class or pottery class, then this is one of the self-care ideas that will help you lean into your creative side. As the adult coloring book phenomenon showed the world, when your mind is fixed on a soothing activity, your mind and body can finally relax. Creative activities have proven to be the ultimate form of self-care, as they relieve stress and anxiety and release serotonin that activates feelings of wellness and happiness.