You ever called out of work on a random day because you needed it just for you? Same. My mental health days look like Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey, a new series I can binge all day on Netflix, and never leaving my oversized t-shirt that’s older than time. These are the days that bring me back to life when I need it most. I walk into work the next day (or two days later if you’re smart enough to take off on a Friday) and I’m a re-energized woman ready to get stuff done.
Sometimes this little pick-me-up is exactly what your relationship needs too. You don’t even have to call out of work to make it happen, just start a date day tradition. Date days are a simple way to guarantee time with your partner where nothing else matters except each other. If you’re ready to take your relationship to the next level, read on for tips on how to ace date day.
Set a dedicated day.
This should be a tradition. It should be a day (or a couple of hours) blocked off on your calendar. It’s a non-negotiable. You don’t schedule anything else on date day. It is sacred.
Play tourist in your own city.
You don’t have to go too far. I bet there are plenty of fun things to do in your city, just head outdoors! You’ve yet to explore all the local goodies your city has to offer. Date day gives you the time to uncover charming little corners of where you call home. Every date day will feel like a mini vacation when you're experiencing new things, even if it's local.
Sign up for a recurring activity.
It could be tennis. It could be paddle boarding. It could be an art class. Find something you can both get behind. Make it extra fun by signing up for an activity neither of you is good at and work towards improving together, as a team. Plus, if you paid for it, chances are you won’t bail.
Put the phones away.
You’re with each other and this time is blocked off on your calendar, so there’s really no need for you to be checking your phone every five seconds. Turn on the do not disturb and focus on actually talking to one another. This is the ideal time to check in with your partner.
Now that you know how to start a date day tradition, how are you going to make it your own?