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50 BEST Date Ideas To Try Out This Year

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Written by: Kat Gal

My husband and I don’t prefer the term “date.” We like to spend time together, connect and explore new things regularly without the label. Yet, society would call our movie nights, cooking adventures, trips and creative explorations, dates.

Whether you call it a date or not, it is important to get out of your daily routine regularly and spend good quality time together even if you’ve been a couple for a long time.

Dates allow you:

  • To show and to experience your love for each other
  • Keep the spark alive in your relationship
  • Connect on a deeper level
  • Show your commitment
  • Have fun
  • Show your love and care for each other
  • Take a break from doing and start experiencing
  • Experience something new together
  • Make memories
  • Grow together
  • Keep your relationship a priority

If you are busy, it is best to schedule dates on your calendar so that you can stick to it without forgetting about it.

Here are 50 awesome date ideas to try!

1. Make dinner together. Set up the table nicely, light candles and savor every moment.

2. Go for a long bike ride together. Go slow and explore your surroundings.

3. Play tourist in your own neighbourhood. Take fun pictures.

4. Go for a picnic. Pack healthy, organic whole foods and raw desserts.

5. Have a picnic indoors on your living room floor. This is a great idea in the winter time.

6. Go to the movies. Take your own healthy snacks.

7. Make a vision board together. It is a fun way to manifest your future together.

8. Read a book together. It is a quiet date, but you will still connect energetically.

9. Visit an animal shelter. You don’t have to adopt a pet to play with some puppies or kittens.

10. Volunteer at an event or at a food drive. Connecting while giving back is a beautiful way to experience love.

11. Go for a weekend get-away. If money is tight, stay at a hostel or couchsurf.

12. Make art together. You don’t have to be an artist to play with some colors.

13. Take fun photos of each other. Get creative, it can be a hilarious activity.

14. Go to the theater, the opera, or a ballet. Get dressed up and enjoy the show.

15. Go bowling. This is a classic, but one of the best times.

16. Try a new sport together. Wall-climbing, squash, or martial arts, anyone?

17. Go to a concert. I am partial to this one, because my romance with my husband began at a show.

18. Go to a paint and wine bar. You will actually feel like an artist.

19. Cook or bake something together. Find a new recipe and explore together.

20. Cook for each other. Take turns each week and surprise each other.

21. Have breakfast in bed. Then of course, stay in and cuddle for a while.

22. Play a board game. Oh, to be a kid again!

23. Take a dance class together. Don’t be afraid to step on each other’s’ toes, it’s part of the learning process.

24. Go bird watching. Exploring nature in the early morning is a unique experience.

25. Watch the sunset together. List reasons why you love each other and count your blessings as the sun goes down.

26. Watch the sunrise together. This calls for an early morning, but is completely worth it.

27. Go for a hike. Exploring nature together allows opportunity for connecting with each other and the entire universe at the same time.

28. Meditate together. Meditation is a unique way to connect while being present.

29. Take a brewery or winery tour. You don’t have to be a drinker at all to enjoy these tours. I don’t drink ever, but I still love the fun nature and the learning process.

30. Take a class together. Pick anything – language, art, cooking, writing, history etc. – but connect through learning something new.

31. Do a ropes course. There is no better way to develop trust.

32. Wander a bookstore or a library. Digital books may be convenient, but can never replace the real thing. Show each other your finds.

33. Go to the grocery store or the farmers market together. Exploring new foods together is fun: read labels and swap ideas.

34. Go to an art gallery. Admire the artwork while holding hands.

35. Make a bucket list together. List your goals and dreams and hang them somewhere visible.

36. Do a mud run or color run together. Don’t be afraid to get dirty and silly.

37. Play a childhood game. Share your favorite games from your time as kids.

38. Play a card game. Don’t get too competitive, just have fun.

39. Get a couples massage together. It is a relaxing experience, trust me.

40. Watch the stars. Try to notice as many constellations as possible.

41. Go for a (small) road trip and take the scenic route. Make frequent stops for kisses and photos.

42. Play with disposable cameras. Turn back time, turn off your phone or digital cameras and take pictures with film, then laugh at the results.

43. Take a carriage ride. This is cheesy, but classic and romantic.

44. Give each other massages. This is free, but romantic and relaxing. Do this often.

45. Explore a flea market or some garage sales. Some of the finds will make you laugh.

46. Go fruit picking. Apple picking or other fruit picking is a joyful activity in nature and an opportunity to stock up on delicious goodies.

47. Write poetry together. Write every first line and allow your partner to write every second one.

48. Do some doorbell ditching with yummy (healthy) treats together for friends and neighbors.

49. Redecorate one or more of the rooms in your home together. Change up some of the furniture positions.

50. Be lazy and stay in all day. There is nothing better than staying cozy, connecting and smiling together.

If you are looking for gift ideas for your loved one, check out this article on the best presents you can get for health conscious souls.

What was the best date you’ve ever been on? Do you have regular date nights with your significant other? Do you have any date tips? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below!

 

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The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

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This Ancient “Alternate Nostril Breathing” Technique Provides INSTANT Drug-Free Anxiety Relief

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Written by: Lindsay Sibson

F-r-e-a-k-i-n-g anxiety.

This one word is associated with many intense feelings such as distress, confusion, uncertainty, pain… and so much more.

As much as I would like to describe myself as the “creative type,” I’m pretty sure anxiety has something to do with it. I’m the type of person that imagines multiple different ways I could die by just stepping off the curb and crossing the street.

I’m well aware of how morbid and ridiculous it is to vividly imagine these thoughts… but that doesn’t stop my brain ONE BIT!  

I may often appear cool, calm and collected on the OUTSIDE, but I can’t help but admit that sometimes, there is a tornado of anxiety inside of me whirling around and wreaking havoc on my thoughts.

And it appears that I’m not alone on this one.

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, anxiety is now THE MOST commonly diagnosed mental illness in the USA.

Here are the most common forms of anxiety, in order of how prevalent they are:

1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Characterized by unnecessary worry and catastrophizing (i.e. my crossing the street example above).

2. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Inability to control unwanted thoughts or behaviors.

3. Panic Disorder: Episodes of intense fear that surface without warning, resulting in physical symptoms (heart palpitations or stomach distress).

4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Fear that persists long after experiencing a traumatic event.

Lack of breathing is at the core of most anxiety attacks. Your normal and natural breathing is compromised when you feel anxious as a result of your diaphragm freezing. When this happens, you do not let your lungs fully expand and fill with air.

Jonathan Davidson, M.D., director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program at Duke University Medical Center explains:

“And when you do not get enough oxygen, the brain receives a ‘danger’ signal, which perpetuates your mind-body state of anxiety. Your breathing quickens and becomes, even more, shallow; in an extreme case this can lead to a full-blown panic attack, in which the person begins to hyperventilate.”

The Ancient, Anti-Drug Solution

Your nose is directly associated with your brain and nervous system. The Indian yogis have believed for thousands of years that a lot of diseases are linked to disordered nasal breathing. It is thought that you can regulate your mind and body by using a practice that slows and deepens your breathing. This practice is called pranayama.

Pranayama has two meanings:

  • “Prana” – Vital life-force energy.
  • “Ayama” – Control of breath.

This practice emphasizes using your mind to control your breath as well as the universal energy that feeds your soul and unites us all.

A relatively simple technique that you can use to equalize your breathing is alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Shodhana). This technique can help calm your nerves and balance the right and left hemispheres of your brain.

Slow diaphragmatic breathing can be just as effective in reducing anxiety as the drug imipramine, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Interested in trying pranayam? Check out 3 more reasons why you should use this practice when you are in a panic:

1. Enhances respiratory function: It elevates your respiratory endurance and strength, which is usually one of the first functions to become compromised when panic starts.

2. Improves attention and fine-motor function: Your coordination and performance improves, which helps your get back into the present moment and out of your head.

3. Activates your parasympathetic nervous system: Relaxes you by taking your out of the ‘fight or flight’ stress response.

Not only does the practice of pranayama ease anxiety, it also prepares your organs to properly digest and eliminate your food!

To receive the most benefit from alternate nostril breathing, it is best done in the morning before you eat your first meal. You can then continue using it throughout the day as needed.

How To Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing:

1. Sit in a comfortable seated position in a quiet place.

  • Relax the body and breathe naturally.
  • Take a few moments to settle your mind and body.

2. Rest your left hand on your lap or knee.

3. Make a “peace sign” with your right hand.

  • Fold the two extended fingers toward your palm.
  • Place your thumb gently on your right nostril and your ring finger gently on your left nostril.

4. Close your eyes and start by softly closing your right nostril (using your right thumb).

  • Inhale slowly, smoothly, gently and deeply without strain through your left nostril.

5. Close your left nostril (using your ring finger) and open your right nostril.

  • Exhale through your right nostril then inhale through your right nostril.

6. Close your right nostril and open your left. Exhale through your left nostril.

These actions complete one round of alternate nostril breathing, but you can continue for as long as you’d like. About 3-5 minutes of using this technique can produce noticeable calming effects.

When you are finished, relax both arms at your side and breathe naturally for a few moments before you open your eyes and stand up.

If your mind is going awry or you simply need a break from your hectic day, find a quiet place to practice this technique. Alternate nostril breathing is one of the best (and FREE) tools that you can use – no matter where you are!

Below is a 2.5 minute video that demonstrates how to implement this useful technique:

Note: If you suffer from anxiety, pranayama may help at the moment and even in the long run. However, it is not a suitable replacement for professional help or medication as prescribed by your doctor. Speak to you medical professional should you need further assistance.

Did this technique work for you? Please SHARE your experience by commenting below.

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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only.

The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.