On Fridays, we like, whenever possible, to talk about the importance of getting out of your rut and into the world. May is Date Your Mate Month. When you are married or have a longtime partner, date night may fall by the wayside. This last year getting out for a date has been challenging. Places have been closed, rules have been tight and options have been limited for people with health concerns. We wrote a blog for BergaOne about date night ideas you could enjoy at home.
Now, more places are opening, more people are vaccinated, mask rules are easing, and you may feel comfortable going to restaurants. Our team would never suggest you do something you aren’t comfortable with, so an afternoon picnic or outdoor dinner for two are also great ideas! You can cook together or buy something simple to enjoy! Just getting out and spending some time away from home alone but together can be an excellent way to refresh your spirit. Now that the weather is so nice, it’s easy to find things to do outside of your home no matter your comfort level.
We believe in the importance of overall wellness. That’s part of why doing things, like getting out for dates, is so vital to living well. But in addition to the pleasure dates bring, there are also health benefits to going on dates. Going out for a fun date can strengthen your relationship, lower your stress and boost your health.
Researchers from the Univ. of Chicago found that people in committed relationships had lower cortisol levels, a stress hormone. Lower levels of cortisol can improve your immune system function. Higher levels of cortisol have also been linked to higher blood sugar levels.
“These results suggest that single and unpaired individuals are more responsive to psychological stress than married individuals, a finding consistent with a growing body of evidence showing that marriage and social support can buffer against stress,” the researchers wrote.
Going on regular dates lets you talk more and reconnect outside of your daily grind and do something fun together. So much of our time during the week is just about getting through the week. A date night lets you just relax and have fun! It helps keep marriages and relationships solid and healthy and enables you to check in with one another. Dating your partner rekindles romance and allows both people to be happier and healthier.
So, this month, get out of the house together and enjoy an afternoon or evening out and about. Spending time together is great for your relationship, spirit and health!