We hear about healthy relationships and the importance of having one. But what really makes up a healthy relationship? David Rock and Daniel Siegel developed a model called “The Healthy Mind Platter” which shows seven everyday mindfulness exercises that couples in the healthiest relationships do.
- Focus time. Let’s be honest, we can be glued to technology. By having focus times, couples can be really present with each other.
- Be spontaneous, creative, and fun with each other!
- Connecting time. It can be as simple as folding laundry, cooking, or talking together.
- Physical time. Go for a walk, dance, or get aerobic in bed together. Moving our bodies leads to happiness.
- Time in. Take time as a couple to sit still and reflect internally. Some couples like to sit together in silence, prayer, and meditation.
- Hanging out and doing nothing to recharge together is a great idea, too.
- Sleep time. We can sometimes be cranky with our partners because we’re exhausted and sleep deprived. Getting six-eight hours of sleep a night has a positive effect on a relationship.
Source: Your Tango