One of the secrets to a happy marriage is paying attention to the little things. Simple gifts and gestures here and there will make for a romantic atmosphere between you and your spouse. In the tedious day-to-day routines of work and life in general, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself, which is true even for men. In these trying times, self-care and health are more important than ever, but they can also be easy to neglect.
That’s why it can be the most touching and heartwarming experience for a person to be the one being taken care of for a change. After all, romance isn’t about providing the most expensive material things. Everything you do for your partner matters, including seemingly ordinary acts of service.
Here are four quick and easy ways you can show a little love and appreciation for the man in your life. You can do them all in one day, or you can opt for one or two of them to spice up your normal routines. With everything from sticky notes to Epsom bath salts, you don’t have to go to great lengths to have a happier and more pleasant home. After all, a marriage will take care of itself if the husband and wife take care of each other.
Leave him notes and presents
In the age of the internet, the art of letter writing has been largely forgotten, which is why it can be the most surprising gesture. You don’t have to write pages and pages of flowery words reminiscent of a Shakespearean monologue (although if that’s your thing, go right ahead). A simple “I hope you have a great day today, sweetheart!” on a sticky note can make a big difference.
It can be as easy as writing a short message on the foggy bathroom mirror or an “I love you!” written in marker on the wrapper of a stick of gum. You can even make a game of it by turning it into a scavenger hunt of tiny gifts and notes hidden around your home for him to find.
Set up a romantic meal
The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and that is as true today as it was the first time it was said. However, romance is different for everyone. For some husbands, coming home to their favorite home-cooked dish with candles and wine can be soothing and relaxing, and others might prefer a night of watching TV while enjoying their favorite takeout food. Romance could also come in the form of breakfast in bed after letting him sleep in or a packed lunch for his day at work.
Making sure that the meal is tailored to your husband’s routine and preferences is the key. Doing so will allow him to see how much you pay attention to him. He will surely thank you and your keen eye for what he wants and needs.
Give him a neck and back rub
There are so many ways that stress can harm the body, whether it’s the strain of hard labor or discomfort from long hours of sitting at a desk. Even driving daily for extended periods can be bad for the knees, back, and other areas of the body in the long run.
A good massage takes two things into account: the cause of discomfort and the problem area. A long day of heavy lifting usually means tension in the lower back, while a desk job can mean strain at the base of the neck. If you’re not sure about where your husband’s problem areas are, you can always ask him so you can focus on them during the massage.
Make sure to use a good oil to protect his skin. Mellow music and aromatherapy can enhance the massage experience as well. See to it that you rub firmly but gently—leave the hard massages to the professionals. If your partner has had any previous injuries, avoid those areas if you haven’t been advised by a professional.
Prepare a calming bath for him
Most people never realize the amazing effects of an Epsom salt bath. It definitely does not offer beauty benefits alone. It can be just as good as a massage and help with stress and fatigue. Epsom salt baths are more than just soaking in warm water and salt for a certain period. They can be an essential element of self-care and an important part of your weekly routine.
Men deserve to benefit from baths as much as women do, and the Gentleman’s Bath Soak by Better Bath Better Body is the perfect addition to their grooming practices. When preparing an Epsom salt bath for your husband, light some candles, play his favorite music, and pour him a glass of wine or a mug of his favorite beer to enjoy in the tub. The natural ingredients, essential oils, and Vitamin C crystals in our Gentleman’s Bath Soak are sure to soothe and rejuvenate your partner. A relaxed and rested man is a happy man, and he will appreciate the effort you have put into taking care of him.
Once you have followed all of our tips, it doesn’t mean you should stop there. This can all just be the beginning of making your relationship more romantic. Consider doing these gestures and many others regularly as a couple, sometimes with the husband spoiling the wife and the wife spoiling the husband.
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