Nurses take on caring for others. As a result, they usually don’t see people at their best. The care nurses provide is more than simple physical needs. They’re often on the receiving end of patients’ frustrations and fear and may function as an impromptu counselor or hand-holder.
If you’re privileged enough to be in a relationship with one of these special people, your nurse partner deserves some extra love this Valentine’s Day. Make it a day you care for them as much as they do for their patients (and for you.) Here’s some ideas to take your Valentine’s Day gift for nurses to the next level! You won’t find a box of chocolates, flowers, or restaurant reservation among them.
A Day of Pampering
Nurses are known for giving TLC. Make their Valentine’s Day a day where they get some TLC. Start off with breakfast in bed and then move on to complete pampering. Give them a massage – don’t forget the feet, run them a hot bath complete with bubbles and candles. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, give them a gift certificate to spa for a full day of skin care, massage and pedicure or manicure. Finish it off with a home cooked candle light dinner.
Most nurses are caretakers by nature. This trait likely doesn’t turn off at home. They likely spend time cleaning, cooking and doing other chores at home to make it a comforting place to live. Show them how much you love them and appreciate all they do on Valentine’s Day by taking on some of these chores yourself. Clean every room. Not a quick sweep or vacuum, but a deep cleaning that includes dusting, moving furniture and washing linens, throw blankets, and throw pillows. Even better – do all this while they’re off enjoying that fabulous spa day you gave them!
It’s one thing to make your nurse partner breakfast in bed or a candlelight dinner. It’s another to make them food for the next week or month. Consider putting together a bunch of meals that can be frozen and defrosted. This gives them something to take to work without having to plan ahead. Present them with a coupon or gift card you make on your computer or by hand to show them the gift without having to stand in front of the freezer.
Who does the weekly errands in your house? If it’s typically your partner, who’s already giving so much time to others’ comfort, show them your love by taking over some of these tasks. Grocery shopping takes time; time your nurse partner might prefer to be relaxing. Other regular errands can be equally as time consuming. Up your game by taking over a few of them permanently instead of just for the day.
Whether you choose one of these options or come up with something yourself, the best way to show your nurse partner some love this Valentine’s Day is to make it about THEM. Be creative, show them you know who they are, what’s important to them and appreciate all they do to care for you and everyone else.
Article written by, Sarah Woodard: www.sarahssoul.com/