We Know Exactly How You Should Spend Valentine’s Day This Year

By Maggie Taylor  |  Feb 9, 2016
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Admit it. Spending an hour waiting for a table crammed between couples canoodling just for a plate of mediocre spaghetti you could have made at home sounds daunting. Doesn’t staying home on Valentine’s Day watching reruns of The Office sound like a much better idea? Skip braving the cold and the crowds all for the sake of a Hallmark holiday, and stay in bed this Valentine’s Day:

1. Commit to a Digital Detox

How often do we allow ourselves to just be with that someone special without scrolling through a million other someones on our phones? Commit to a day of full digital detox from bed. No sending Snaps of your Valentine’s Day celebrations, no double tapping everyone else’s, and no sneaking off to the bathroom to play Candy Crush without being judged. Studies show that couples that go tech-free are more engaged and connected with ones around them. If you’re not staring at a screen, you have to stare at the person sitting next to you. You might actually strike up an interesting conversation. You might share your feelings. You might laugh. You won’t know until you try it.

2. Cuddle Up

Whether you’re the couple that cuddles all the time or truly values personal space, cuddling has some major unexpected health benefits. Being cuddled releases a hormone called oxytocin, which makes you feel good and connected to other people. It boosts the immune system, reduces anxiety and stress, and even lowers the risk of heart disease. All these benefits lead to a healthier body and mind, which only primes you to be a power couple.

3. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in Bed

Didn’t score a reservation at the hottest restaurant in town? You can still eat their food with Seamless, Caviar, and GrubHub are right at your fingertips (literally). Can’t decide between pizza or ramen? Why do you have to? Order it all. What’s better than breakfast in bed? Breakfast. Lunch. AND. Dinner. It’s Sunday AND a holiday.  Go big and stay home.

4. Plan a Trip

This Valentine’s Day, plan a trip together from bed. With sites like Airbnb and Tripadvisor, you can book a mountain house, tropical vacation, or off road safari right from under the blankets. Pick a flight, make dinner reservations, rent a car, and find all of the best local spots using just your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. The money you’ll save from not going to an overpriced dinner on Valentine’s Day, you can put toward your dreamy vacation.

5. Start a New Show Together

There’s nothing that says commitment like beginning a binge-watching session together. Want a quick and easy watch to dip your toes into Netflix together? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or Chelsea Does. Want to put your love to the test? The Wire or Lost.

6. Make the Bed Together

Even if you don’t want to spend a day in bed, you should definitely make it. Let’s be honest. Putting on a fitted sheet by yourself is difficult. Really difficult. Most times, a second hand is helpful (if not 100% necessary). One fitted sheet ain’t got nothing on you two.

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