Want to Improve Your Intimate Relationship with Your Partner? Here’s How
Maybe you and your partner have been together for years. Yet lately, you’ve realized that intimacy has been pushed to the back burner. Perhaps you’ve gotten busier, had children, or simply feel like your relationship lacks the spark it used to have.
Or maybe you and your partner have only been together for a short time. And while you love spending time with each other, you’re having trouble cultivating real intimacy. You wonder if you’re really meant to be, or if you just need to grow closer.
Improving your intimate relationship with your partner can take time. Here are a few steps you can take to deepen your intimate connection.
Go On Dates
Maybe you and your partner went on lots of dates when you were initially getting to know each other. But “dating” shouldn’t stop, even if you get married!
Perhaps you’ve neglected to plan fun dates ever since you officially got together or walked down the aisle. If this is the case, it’s time to plan dates again! Whether you and your partner love trying new restaurants, checking out new movies, exploring nature, or going out with a group of friends, it’s time to schedule nights like this on your calendar again.
Focus on the Little Things
When you were just getting to know your partner, you might have gone out of your way to impress them with little gestures. Or maybe your partner always went and above and beyond to surprise you in small ways.
Perhaps you left each other love notes, bought flowers, or brought your partner their favorite snacks when they were having a bad day. It’s all too easy to gradually stop these gestures when you’ve gotten comfortable together.
Make an effort to bring these gestures back – spontaneous romance can definitely spark intimacy!
Practice Emotional Intimacy
Perhaps you’ve noticed that you and your partner aren’t physically intimate like you used to be. It’s worth asking yourself if you both prioritize emotional intimacy, too. They go hand in hand.
Make it a point to explore your emotions together and make time for deep conversations. Talk to your partner about how they’re feeling, and share what’s on your mind. You need to know that you can trust each other enough to be truly emotionally intimate.
Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Sometimes, your lifestyle habits can affect the intimacy between you and your partner. Maybe you feel sluggish or stressed out. Perhaps you just don’t physically feel your best, and it’s having a negative impact on your mood.
Make it a point to commit to healthy lifestyle habits together. Perhaps you could try cooking some nutritious new recipes, going to bed earlier to get an extra hour of sleep, meditating daily, or exercising together.
Chances are, you’ll be feeling much better as individuals in a matter of weeks. You can have a lot of fun cultivating healthy new habits as a team!
Try Something New
Sometimes routine can leave your intimate connection suffering. Perhaps you feel you and your partner are stuck in a rut. But novelty can spice things up. Trying something new could be the key to reviving your intimate connection.
Even a new setting could do the trick! For instance, maybe this is the perfect time for you and your partner to plan a vacation. Basically, consider if you need to get creative together. You might find that you just needed a change in order to feel closer again!
Are you and your partner struggling to cultivate intimacy in your relationship? Couples therapy can help. Reach out to us today to discuss your options for scheduling your first session.