Do you have any idea how stressed out Americans are these days? The American Psychological Association says in its 2015 Stress in America report that a large number of Americans know they aren’t doing enough to manage their stress, with the Millennial generation reporting the highest average stress levels – 6.0 on a 10-point scale.
If you’ve been spending the past few weeks stressing out about a Valentine’s Day gift to get for your loved one, perhaps the perfect gift would be something that cures that problem – we’re talking stress relief! A gift that can help your partner unwind, relax and unload some of their stress is not only good for their mental health, but can help reduce physical aches and pains as well. As you think over the ideal option for your loved one, consider these ideas that you both can enjoy and use to relax a little bit.
We love a gift that’s an experience, rather than just a thing. So this Valentine’s Day, get your partner the gift of a class where you can both learn a new thing. A class can expose you to a new passion or something that you’ve always wanted to try in a social, stress-free setting. Whether you’re interested in trying painting or pottery, or want to try dancing, skating or any other activity, signing up for a class can be a great way to learn something new in a fun and enriching environment.
Is there anything more relaxing than a massage? Yes – a couples’ massage! Book one at your local spa, and ask for a stress-reducing package. Your partner will love a gift that’s for both of you, especially if they’ve never had a massage before.
If physical activity is what de-stresses you and your partner, give the gift of a rock climbing session for the both of you. The Mayo Clinic notes that physical exercise releases endorphins, which are biological stress-busters. After a sweat session, you’ll both feel more relaxed and stress-free.
Dinner and a Show
Time magazine reminds us that laughing brings us to our happy place, so why not make your Valentine’s Day date all about that happy place? Stay in for dinner to cook or order takeout and watch a few comedies together. Laughter is, after all, the best medicine – especially when it comes to stress – so don’t worry so much about getting a reservation at a great restaurant. Focus instead on having a fun and relaxing time with your loved one.
Did you know that cuddling can reduce stress? According to Shape, physical contact with other humans can help us detox from stress buildup. Your oxytocin levels will rise, and you’ll both feel better. It’s simple enough, so curl up together on the couch and let your worries melt away.
Why not give a lasting, life-long gift? Meditation has been proven to reduce stress and make people feel happier and healthier. For Valentine’s Day this year, give your partner Meditation Healing’s Ribbon Breath Meditation CD. This CD is perfect for beginners, and will guide you and your partner through your first meditation experience.
Meditation is a wonderful way to center your thoughts and help you push aside the stress factors in your day-to-day life. Learn how meditation can be a great benefit in your life and help you to relax with Meditation Healing. Order your CD online now or call us today at 530-621-2213.