HEALTHY LIVING
02/11/2013 08:19 am ET Updated Feb 11, 2013

8 De-Stressing Dates For Valentine's Day

It's no surprise: Americans are stressed out. According to the American Psychological Association, more than 20 percent of us report extreme stress (that's defined as an 8, 9 or 10 on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is little to no stress and 10 is a great deal of stress).

Ideally, that stress would melt away as we celebrate Valentine's Day later this week -- but the truth is, Feb. 14 can add to the stress on our plates, as we seek out the perfect partner, the perfect date, the perfect gift, the perfect moment. The pressure of perfection doesn't just hurt the pleasure of romance, it can actually take a toll on relationships and kill our sex drive.

So, this year, why not give your Valentine -- and yourself -- the gift of less stress? We rounded up eight date ideas that can help you achieve exactly that (and put you in the mood for number eight in the slideshow below). How do you plan to relax this Thursday?

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De-Stressing Dates

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