We hear a lot about how important self-care is for us, but it turns out, it can actually be good for your relationship too. Something as simple as going for a bike ride together can help boost your connection, according to relationship experts. So a self-care routine isn’t just good for you, sharing it with your S.O. is good for your romance, too.
And it doesn’t have to be exercise-related. Mental health counselor Lily Ewing points out that self-care is simply “the practice of making sure your physical, mental, and emotional needs are met on a regular basis. That can include anything from a long soak in a tub to cooking healthy meals and it’s not the same for everyone. It can be as mundane as doing laundry with your partner or as exciting as having sex, whatever works for you as a couple and helps you feel closer to each other can be considered self-care.
Some couples like unwinding together with yoga, while others like getting out in nature and it all has the same positive benefit. Sharing anything you both enjoy that gets you moving can reduce stress hormones and increase endorphins, says couples consultantLesli Doares, and she says “doing it together links the positive effects with each other, which increases bonding.” So you’re not only taking care of yourself, but your relationship too and that’s time well spent.