10 Self-Care Ideas To Try With Your S.O. For ‘We-Care’
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The winter months can be draining. Stress from final exams, holiday planning, and shitty weather can really add up, so that's why practicing self-care is more important than ever, and what could be better than doing it with your significant other? This winter season, turn your self-care routine into "we-care" with these 10 ideas:

1. A lazy movie marathon day (in bed)

Sometimes all you need is a day spent in bed to relax and reset. Take turns making movie selections, or binge-watch a season or two of your favorite show.

2. A couple’s massage


Whether you go to a spa or save your wallet doing them at home, massages are always a go-to remedy for stress.

3. Workout dates

Self-care isn't just about relaxing, either. Hit the gym and do a partner workout together—spot each other lifting weights, throw some hoops, take turns doing some HIIT moves... the possibilities are endless. Fit couples are happy couples.

4. Do a skincare routine together  

Everyone can benefit from a facial, and it's easy to do it at home with your boo. Stock up on some pore strips, face masks, toners, and moisturizers and go crazy.

5. A winter hike

Why not bundle up and go on a hike together? Perfect for the outdoor-sy couple.

6. Visit an animal shelter

Love animals? There's no better way to de-stress than playing with some doggos.

7. Deep clean your living space together

Cleaning might sound a little counterintuitive to self-care, but if you live together, having a tidy home is a sure-fire way to feel more comfortable and happy in your own living space.

8. Go screen-free for a day

A bit of a challenge, but try unplugging completely and enjoying your time together—no screens attached—for a day. It's crazy how much stress digital devices and social networks can cause in our lives.

9. Water challenge

Hold each other accountable to drinking enough water every day. Maybe cut back on the caffeine and alcohol, too.

10. Write each other encouraging notes

Healthy couples help energize and lift up each other. Try writing each other a letter or a series of positive notes that will help motivate each other or boost your confidence as individuals.

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Being Far Away From My Boyfriend Actually Strengthened Our Relationship Instead Of Forcing It Apart

While we were apart, we became closer.

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Before I really start this article, I just want to say that my relationship isn't truly a long distance relationship. We are both college students at the same university eight months out of the year, but the other four months we live quite a distance apart. Even during those four months, we are only about 150 miles from each other as the bird flies, but really about three hours from each other.

Being in a relationship where I'm not able to see my boyfriend every day or even every week has been a real challenge. But it's been a good challenge. It hasn't been a challenge because I've felt unfaithful or fallen out of love with him in any way. It's challenging because I miss him. We both work jobs and our schedules aren't the same and oftentimes we aren't able to talk to each other unless it's early in the morning or late at night. There are times when all I want to do is talk to him and tell him about how my day went and get a big bear hug from him. Unfortunately, I'm not really able to do this.

I firmly believe that being apart from each other for days, weeks, or even months have brought us closer than we could've ever imagined. We knew that this would be difficult, and we knew that there would be bad days, but we decided to power through it. It has made each time that we are able to see each other so much more special and meaningful.

Seeing each other has become more of spending time with each other than just laying around on the couch playing around on our phones. It's become really getting to know each other better and catching up on all the things we had missed. It's become a time for us to simply be in each other's presence and enjoy being able to talk face to face without a phone in the middle of us. We go on more adventurous dates, we take more pictures, and I think we would both easily say that we fall more and more in love with each other after each opportunity we have to spend time together.

Spending time together is no longer a daily activity, but it has become a right to be earned through hard work and several paychecks as travel can become expensive. We no longer take opportunities to see each other for granted, and it has made us grow closer because we aren't able to spend time together often. We look forward to the days when we won't have to worry about being apart but know that this is only a stepping stone in our relationship.

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It’s Harder FINDING Someone Who Wants To Be In A Relationship Than Actually Being In One

Oh millennials, we have made a mess of the dating scene...

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I got super lucky once.

I wasn't looking for a guy, but I happened to find the exact one who wanted a long relationship. It's always when you least suspect it, isn't it? I'm newly single, but not quite ready to mingle.

Sure, there are plenty of new fish in the sea, but even they aren't sure if they are ready to sink or swim yet.

No, it doesn't have to be hard to have a relationship. I did long-distance on-and-off for four years, but we pushed through it because we cared about the relationship.

People can make it really tough on themselves to find that perfect person. It makes sense, we all want the right person that fits all of our needs and checks all of our boxes. But I think we as a society are a little more flawed than that. We also have needs of our own and those needs can really get in the way of our time together.

Say you find a person you could see yourself really being with. They will be there for your crying sessions, when you fail a test, when a loved one dies. But will they be there to also lift you up in your darkest moments and laugh together at every free moment? It seems a lot to ask of somebody, but in reality, it's just living.

Avril Lavigne was right, "why do you have to go and makes things so complicated?" In the long run, you'll always be upset if you keep up a checklist that no one can master. I'm finding out myself that not everyone is able to fulfill the basic requirements of a fun loving and easygoing boyfriend, but there is hope that one day, someone will.

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