Spending quality time with significant others can be a delicate balancing act when you have low energy. Whether you have small children, a demanding job or a chronic illness with unpredictable symptoms, low energy can result in cancellations and frustration. These low energy date night ideas at home will rejuvenate your relationship without zapping your energy levels.
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Low Energy Date Night Ideas in the Comfort of Your Home
Date night doesn’t have to be a night out on the town to be enjoyable. With a little creativity, you can plan the perfect low energy date night at home. This can be ideal for people dealing with the chronic illness symptoms, who may not feel comfortable going far from home.
Even parents with small children can steal a few moments together to implement some of these low energy date night ideas.
Relaxing Date Night Ideas At Home
A massage is the perfect low energy date night idea. It’s also a great date idea for people with chronic pain. Let the cares of the day melt away with some soothing eucalyptus, lavender, or even a massage oil blend. Consider warming the massage oil first, as this has 2 benefits. First, it just feels good. Second, it helps to increase the flow of blood to the area being massaged.
Not only does the closeness of a bubble bath promote intimacy, but the warm water helps relieve stiff, achy joints and muscles. Throw a little lavender scented epsom salts in the water and now you have the ultimate twofer for dating with chronic pain.
Gentle yoga session
Improve flexibility and strength while building intimacy with this relaxing date night idea. Couples yoga allows you to get in sync with your partner, as you work together to perform poses. This fosters a deeper connection as you both must rely on and trust one another during the practice.
Foodie Date Night Ideas
Set up a fondue station and dip your favorite breads or vegetables. Or instead of cheese, try melting some chocolate, dipping your favorite fruits or treats into the melted mixture.
Prepare a meal together
Working towards a common goal together makes the final reward (eating) all the better. Teamwork makes the dream work, as they say. Not sure what to cook? Blue Apron takes the guesswork out of cooking with meal kits containing all the necessary ingredients. Serve by candlelight.
Picnic in bed
Spread a blanket across the bed, or carpet if that works for you, using pillows for support. Adorn with your favorite picnic foods like sandwiches, salads or a charcuterie board loaded with your favorite preserved meats and cheeses.
Order your favorite dessert
Anyone out there with a sweet tooth? This is for you! You know that decadent dessert that you’ve passed by at the bakery counter in your local grocer? The one loaded with chocolate or nuts or fruits or cream or whatever your passion is? Order it. Then put it on a shared plate and enjoy the moment.
Fun Date Night Ideas
Grab a large bag of popcorn, or your preferred choice of munchies. Dim the lights, then curl up beside your honey and get ready for a movie marathon. Or you can binge watch your favorite series. With so many movie channels available you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect movie to fit the occasion.
Okay, here’s something I bet you didn’t know. Playing board games with your significant other helps to release oxytocin, also known as the love hormone. Oxytocin is beneficial because it’s associated with feelings of empathy and trust. It can also help promote connection and bonding and increase sex drive. So by all means, play monopoly if that’s your thing!
Believe it or not, puzzles are good relationship building tools. They promote teamwork and collaboration and increase problem-solving skills. So dust off that 500 piece puzzle that’s been sitting in the closet for years and build those collaboration skills with that special person!
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Date Ideas for Music Lovers
Create a playlist with your favorite songs, or just search for your genre of choice. Then sit back and relax, sing or reminisce. Or you can make a game playing a few bars and take turns guessing the song.
Take music night to another level and revive the passion with a slow dance. Slow dancing is a form of intimate, authentic communication. It enables you to connect mind, body and soul without the need to speak a word. It builds trust, breaks down barriers, and enables you to surrender yourself in a way that you may not have otherwise been able to.
Crafty Date Ideas at Home
Paint and sip at home
Have your own private paint and sip party for two! These paint and sip kits contain everything you need to paint (except the wine). Each kit comes with 2 sets of pre-drawn canvases (you get to select which one), acrylic paint brushes, palettes and aprons. Create lasting memories with each stroke as you go on an artistic journey together.
Chill Out Date Night Ideas
Virtual Wine Tasting
Order a selection of wines. Depending on your tastes and budget, experiment with different types of wine including red, white, sparkling and dessert wine. Together you can learn about the different varieties as you enjoy time with one another.
Cuddle and talk
It’s so easy to get disconnected while juggling jobs, kids and other commitments. This low energy date night idea helps to solve that problem without costing you a penny. Curl up together on the couch or in bed and reconnect. If the idea sounds a little awkward, here’s a few suggestions for sparking conversation.
- Bucket List Brainstorm – work together on building a bucket list of things you would like to accomplish together.
- Storytelling – share stories from your past that you haven’t already shared.
- Word Association – start out by choosing a random word. Then take turns coming up with the first word that comes to mind. Provide details as to why you chose that word.
Explore museums, landmarks, or even zoos through virtual tours online, allowing you to travel from the comfort of your own home. A few places that offer free virtual tours:
Watch the sunset
Check to see what time the sun is setting in your part of the world. Also check the weather to make sure it’s a clear day. Find the most westward facing point in your home with a window. Allow yourself enough time to get settled so you’re not rushing. Then let the sun speak for itself.
Whether you listen to music, play a game, embark on a culinary adventure, or enjoy a beautiful sunset, these low energy date night ideas will help strengthen your bond and create lasting memories.