With so many of us working from home, it’s hard to find a balance between time to work and time to relax. By scheduling time to have fun with a significant other, it prioritizes moments of connection which can, in turn, lower stress and make your relationship stronger. AND – as we’ve discussed before – lower stress can help you be healthier.
Another important aspect of spending quality time with people you love, including friends, is building a strong social support structure. Studies have shown people who feel loved and supported by their community experience a greater sense of well-being, happiness, and enjoy better sleep.
You heard it here first, having fun is part of a healthy lifestyle. While we are still encouraged to not gather in groups due to COVID, having fun is a greater challenge. Be creative in your efforts and it will pay off.
Sit down and have you and your significant other each create a list of 15 things you enjoy doing together for fun. Be sure to include things that are no cost, or low cost. Exchange lists. You might be surprised at how easy it is to do something that your significant other enjoys. Even better, you might find several things on your lists that match that you didn’t realize before. Choose a few items on the list and schedule time to do them.
One of our family’s favorite activities is board games and movies. Recently we decided to bring those two loves together and learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons. It’s a game that’s both cooperative and creative, which is great because it encourages the kiddos to work together and solve problems. It also creates plenty of opportunities for laughter and silly storytelling. A good D&D session takes time, so we have to sit down and look at our calendar and figure out what evenings we can spend a few hours playing together. It’s hard sometimes but totally worth it.