February is about more than just Valentine’s Day and focusing on the person you love for one day. The entire month of February is Relationship Wellness Month, a time to reflect on the people that mean the most to you and take meaningful steps to keep those relationships healthy.
When people think about health and wellness, relationships may not always come to mind; however, our relationships with others and our ability to maintain and develop those relationships is one of the most important dimensions of overall wellness. During Relationship Wellness Month, we should not only focus on nurturing our current relationships, but developing new ones as well. Below are some helpful ideas on how to nurture and grow relationships old and new.
Nurture Current Relationships
Watch a movie together. With the Oscars coming up later this month and the cold weather keeping everyone indoors, February is the perfect time to watch a new movie or an old favorite with someone you love. If you need some inspiration, check out the list of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominations.
Cook a meal together. Create new memories together and add a new meal to your recipe box by setting time aside to cook with a loved one.
Pick up the phone. As texting and social media have become so popular, the tendency to hop on a phone call with a loved one has seemed to decrease, particularly among younger generations. Pick up the phone and call someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile. Whether that be a parent, grandparent, sibling, or friend, the person on the other end will appreciate hearing your voice on the other end.
Develop New Relationships
Get active with a fun workout. Joining a gym or an exercise group allows you to meet new people while improving your physical health and wellness. Most local gyms offer a variety of classes and equipment so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Take a walk with your pet. Starting a walking routine after dinner not only gives you another opportunity to be physically active, but it also creates more opportunities for you to meet your neighbors. If you live in a more rural area, see if there is a local dog walking club or dog park that you can frequent.
Donate some of your time and hard work to a nonprofit organization. There are nonprofits all over the country that are devoted to a variety of causes. Find one that fits your passion and get involved with their volunteer efforts. You’ll feel good about the work you are doing, and get the opportunity to meet others with similar passions.
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