It’s February! We made it through the holidays just to get inundated with notions of chocolate, flowers, jewelry, and extravagant meals to ‘reconnect with the one you love’.
But what if we pass on the chocolate and Hallmark cards and approach the day (or the whole month!) with a focus on connecting with the people we care about. Not just romantic partners, but your best friend that you never have a chance to talk to for more than 4 minutes before a baby demands attention, or maybe your favorite uncle you haven’t seen in years.
Share some time with someone other than a romantic partner
Make a hiking date with your best friend. Bring some sandwiches, bring your mom, bring your camera! Check out that art gallery you’ve always noticed but never visited. Take some flowers to your grandmother and stay to play cards.
Let someone know how much you appreciate them
Look your favorite dry cleaner/butcher/school bus driver right in the eye and say, “Thank you. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate what you do for me. You make my life easier.” Drop an email to your kid’s music teacher and say, “Thank you. My kid loves making music, and I really appreciate that you give your time to make that possible.”
Cook with someone
Open a bottle wine and hang out in the kitchen with a partner or a friend. Appreciate the sensory experience of preparing ingredients, maybe try out a new recipe.
Massage doesn’t have to be an hour long experience with fancy oils and a complicated routine, and there’s no better way to bond than with pleasant touch. Watch a video and treat your partner to a hand or foot massage. Grab this amazing book, A Modern Day Guide to Massage for Children, and learn how to massage your favorite kid. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by nurturing each other!
If gift giving is something you like to do, you can book a session or pick up a gift certificate for a great professional massage by clicking the link below.
Bonus: Connect with YOU. Not everyone schedules regular massage, and that’s okay. But if it’s been awhile, maybe it’s time to practice a little self-care and get yourself a massage, too. The best gift you can give the people you love is a happy, healthy you.