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Yoga Girl Daily - August 21st 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Feel-Good Friday, Love, Friendship, Self-Love

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Today’s self-care practice is a romantic one - it involves going on a date with that special person in your life (if you aren’t in a relationship - take a friend!).

Our relationship with our partners can affect every area of our lives, so making sure time is dedicated to them is a great self-care practice. Decide what your relationship needs right now, then go have fun!

Tune in for ideas on making your date night sacred.

Transcript

[00:05] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily, happy Friday, and welcome to our Feel-Good Friday episode of this week. Today for our self-care practice or our feel-good practice for the weekend, I have something really sweet and really romantic in mind. Today I want you to surprise your partner with date night. I am really excited about this. I was thinking today, I don't often have a lot of partner and relationship stuff on Fridays, even though that's something that I do with my husband a lot in terms of self-care. And the reason I haven't, I think because of course not everyone who listens to this podcast is in a committed relationship right now. So, if you're not married, if you don't have a boyfriend or a girlfriend, you're not romantically involved with someone, I want you to go ahead and have this date night with a friend. Okay, so this is more about connection, about communication, about intimacy, about being vulnerable and real, and you know, having a beautiful moment to share with someone you love.

[01:03] So, if you are in a romantic relationship, of course, pick your partner. I think that's a good thing to do, and if you're not then pick a friend, okay, to go have a date night with. So, how do we make date night into something sacred and something that can actually count as self-care? For me, you know, anyone in a long-term relationship, we know that how we relate with our partner so deeply affects how we feel in our day to day lives, of course. So, when we are in a place of flow and a trusting space, when we have a good time with our partner, when we feel safe, when everything is good, of course we are going to feel more supported and the rest of our lives are going to feel elevated. If we're going through a rough patch or we're having a hard time, or we're dealing with something challenging, of course that is going to weigh us down in every way, right?

[01:50] Not just in that relationship, but our romantic relationships tend to sort of takeover or actually, you know, spread that energy into every area of our lives. So, if you are married or you have a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, cherishing that relationship is a really important thing to do. And if you're single right now, cherishing your friendships is an equally important thing to do, right? The people that we love and care for the most. So, to take date night from just a regular date night thing, where you know, you go to the movies or you go out for dinner or something, making this sacred by setting an intention together with your person, right? So, perhaps taking a moment to identify just for yourself, you know, what is an area of this relationship where you feel like you could use a little more attention, right? Or an area of your relationship where you could use a little bit of growth right now, or a little bit more awareness right now. Perhaps your communication has been a little bit off lately.

[02:46] I definitely have weeks at a time where me and my husband, we just go through the motions, right? When things are busy or we're dealing with a lot, we have a kid, we need to actually be really conscious around scheduling time for us to be together, right? Not just to watch a movie side-by-side on the couch, but to talk to each other, to make sure that we have that dedicated space to be present with one another. And we have to get really conscious about how we make time for that. So, for your date night today, or if you choose to do it anytime in this weekend, setting an intention around a need you want to have met or a need you want to fill for this relationship. So, what you need is more communication, then making sure that you schedule this date night in a way, or you have a really good opportunity to talk.

[03:32] If what you are missing in your relationship right now is intimacy, then of course, making time for that, right? Creating something really romantic, making space, time, dedication to have that romantic, intimate time with your partner. If you and your partner have been kind of weighed down by a lot of stuff lately, maybe what you need is to have some fun, right? Then schedule this date night for something really fun and exciting. Go try something new, do something you've never done before. Go take a dance class or sign up for something that's totally unexpected and different, right? A place where you can just kick your feet up and laugh and have fun together. So date night, I'm really excited about this. I really need a date night with my husband, for sure, making it sacred, making it special, setting a good intention and have it be centered around a need you want to see met in your relationship.

[04:19] And then of course, most important thing is that you turn your phones off and you decide that for the space of this date night, you are totally present with one another, right? So, let your number one priority be for the entire evening, just your partner, just your relationship and that beautiful, special bond that you both share. Whether you are going to enjoy date night with your friend or with your partner, I'm wishing you a beautiful, sweet, loving, compassionate, intimate evening with a person that means so much to you. Remembering that good relationships don't just show up one day and are there to stay right, but they require attention and work. So, have this be an important part of your self-care practice, inviting people into that intimate, sacred space inside of yourself. Thank you so much for tuning into Yoga Girl Daily today. Have a great date night with your person, have a good weekend and I'll be back on Monday.

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