by Shanice Miranda, Cora Health
To connect with someone deeply is one of the most beautiful experiences of life. In a book I read, I came across a definition of love that held onto me. Love is so much more than what is portrayed in the books and movies- full of expensive presents, sweeping the other off their feet and riding off into the sunset. Love is conscious effort and as M. Scott Peck accurately expresses it as, ‘The will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth’. To establish and maintain a connection of the body and mind with one’s partner, one has to care about their own physical and mental health as well. Every day, every moment is an opportunity to practice living a healthy lifestyle together as a couple, and what better day to celebrate this than on Valentine’s day?
On this modern day of love, here are some practices we can build on as a couple, to heighten our bonds with our significant other in a wholesome, healthy way.
#1 Get Moving!
Whether this involves hitting the gym together, taking a dance class or exploring couple’s yoga, movement is an excellent way to strengthen your relationship together. Exercise and yoga have been known to impart a plethora of health benefits such as increased immunity and flexibility, improved digestion, better energy levels and regulation of metabolism.
Beyond these, it has also been proven to drastically enhance the concentration of ‘happy’ neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine in the brain, which lead to feelings of pleasure and reward. Supporting you and your partner’s overall development will bring the warmth of intimacy as you move with each other, in sync.
#2 Cook a Lovely Meal
Although it can be exciting to get dressed up and go out for a nice dinner, sometimes, staying in and preparing an easeful meal in the kitchen with your beloved is a recipe for a loving evening. The time spent in an intimate space, cooking together with all the ingredients and engaging in genuine conversation will give you the opportunity to unwind and get to know each other in a more profound way. This also gives us the chance to indulge in healthier, but delicious food options, so that we can feel good in ourselves, together. There are several options for cooking and baking that can be better for your wellbeing, many of which can be found at (www.corahealth.in). So grab your aprons and get a-cooking!
#3 Explore Nature
One of the most effective ways of slowing down and relaxing is by retreating to Nature. Whether that means a walk in the park, a picnic, short staycations or even gardening with your loved one, spending time immersed in the beauty of Mother Earth is a door to experiencing real connection with yourself as well as your other half. A practice that Nature allows for us is meditation. It offers a number of physical and mental advantages, and is an effective tool for anxiety and stress. Meditation positively affects focus, memory, creativity and most importantly, it gives us space to get to know who we truly are. Only if we are in tune with ourselves, can we do the same with our partner.
#4 Thoughtful Gifting
Who doesn’t love a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates to show someone you care about them? Gifts do not always have to come in expensive wrapping, but rather, the thought put behind them can covey your affections in a meaningful way. Handmade presents, baked goods, guilt-free chocolates, etc. are some of the alternatives to regular gifting. Such choices can leave us feeling light and whole inside, without compromising the joy of giving or delving into tasty treats. There is an assorted range of sweet treats such as yummy chocolates that you can purchase on our site and celebrate this Valentine’s day on a healthy note with us. These products cater to different dietary restrictions as well, so go ahead and pick something up for someone you love!
Engage with your love in authentic conversations. Open up your heart to understand each other’s wants and needs. Communication is the foundation of a healthy relationship and accordingly, we must express ourselves wholeheartedly, while also giving room to growth. Making someone we love feel truly seen and heard is essential to having not only a good Valentine’s day, but also a natural dynamic with our partner that lasts a long time.
Happy Valentine’s Week y’all! (hearts and only hearts)