Couples/Marriage

Stuck for Valentine’s Day? Look No Further.

Fun Dates for Valentine’s Day Keeping the romance alive is vital for healthy relationships.  Valentine’s Day provides a great opportunity to engage in some much needed together time. Need some creative date ideas for the special day? Here are our picks to consider: Rent a cabin in the mountains. Think cuddling up by the fire with a hot beverage or sitting in a hot tub stargazing. No distractions, no city noises, no cell phone service to interrupt the quiet solitude. Drive In Movie When was the last time you packed up the car and headed somewhere to watch a movie outside? Pack up the back of pick up truck with lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks for a double feature. Reading to Each Other If you love the sound of your partner’ voice, what better way to spend an evening than reading each other a favorite poem? It’s time to hit the books. Take a Hike Exploring nature reduces stress and enhances calmness. Walking and being present with the elements releases serotonin and oxytocin, which are the feel-good hormones. The release of these will create a feeling of shared experience and a sense of closeness. Catch a Train Spending time on a train is a relaxing way to travel while taking in the sights and sounds of new scenery. The adventure created together allows for an expanded sense of connected curiosity and wonder. Tried an Escape Room? Partners come together to work on problem solving skills and mutual goals. These puzzles …

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Healthy Marriage Habits

Featured Tips – BestLife Article

Dana was recently interviewed by Sarah Crow for an article in BestLife in which she provided tips to help sustain a healthy marriage. Having made it through the stress of the holidays, the advice provided in this article is timely for those looking to strengthen their relationships moving into the new year. One of the tips in the article was to “tell your partner what you need without being critical.” When one spouse says, “Is there a way you could stop leaving your socks on the floor?” all too often, their partner hears it as a personal slight. Instead, try to make those needs known without criticizing your partner. “If we can find a way to talk about our partner’s behaviors and how those behaviors impact the way we feel, then it is much easier for our partner to hear,” says Dana McNeil, a licensed marriage and family therapist based in San Diego. In doing so, you’re more likely to receive a response that’s rooted in empathy, rather than defensiveness. If you would like to have more tools to help strengthen your relationship, schedule a consultation today. Even if you believe your relationship is great, you can still benefit from a relationship checkup. You can read the full article here.  

Dana on the I Do Ultimate Wedding Show: How to Navigate the Holidays as a Married Couple

Now that you are a married couple, how do you decide what to do for the holidays? Do you prepare for stress with traveling from house to house, trying to fit in visiting every family member from both sides? As the resident relationship expert on the I Do The Ultimate Wedding Show, Dana tackles this question head on, giving you permission to create your own holiday tradition. Check your local Cox Communications TV channel for this fun new show from YurView ! It runs Sundays at 5pm, Mondays at 9pm, Thursdays at 6pm, and Saturdays at 7pm. Click below to watch her excerpt:

Dana featured in Wedding Wire: Why Waiting to Get Married in Your 30s is a Good Thing

Whether you’re in a serious relationship or still living the single life as you turn the corner to 30 (or beyond), there are some reasons relationship experts say getting married in your 30s is a good thing. According to a 2019 Pew Research Center report, marriage in America looks quite different now then it did in the past. Divorce is down and the average age of first marriage is up. Our founder Dana recently was published in Wedding Wire talking about the benefits of waiting to get married until you’ve left your 20s behind. Read the entire article here.  

We were featured on I Do The Ultimate Wedding Show

Looking for a fun new binge-worthy wedding show that covers locations, dresses, and all the other things you think about when planning a wedding? Even better, this one has the added bonus of a relationship expert. Check your local Cox Communications TV channel for this fun new show from YurView called “I Do, The Ultimate Wedding Show” that Dana was recently featured on! It runs Sundays at 5pm, Mondays at 9pm, Thursdays at 6pm, and Saturdays at 7pm. You can watch Dana’s segment below, catch the whole episode by clicking here.

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