March 5, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

7 Intimacy Tips To Keep Long-Term Relationships Healthy

LGBTQ+ couples around the world are feeling the financial pressure from the COVID crisis and many couples are feeling the strain and stress in their relationships. 

Intimacy is the key to a happy and healthy long term relationship. Relationship intimacy requires a strong physical and emotional connection. When a relationship lacks intimacy, it can be difficult to maintain. If a level of connection is lacking, it can lead to feelings of loneliness and resentment. When you feel emotionally intimate with your partner, it increases your overall well-being.

If you notice the intimate connection with your partner isn’t what you want it to be here are seven tips that might help. 

Make sure to have a joyful time together. The ability to laugh with one another is a true sign of vitality in a relationship. It’s important to be able to share in and experience joy together. A sense of humor helps smooth the waters when interactions become stormy.

Seek out new experiences. One of the best ways to improve intimacy with your partner is to revel in new experiences. For example, you could embark on a major project together like renovating or flipping a house. Or, you might consider adding a new member to your family and adopt a dog! If you aren’t ready for such commitments, you could book a trip to an unfamiliar country and explore its depths together.

Try a little more touching. Touch is an essential part of bonding in a relationship; it invites intimacy through physical connection. But touching your other half doesn’t have to be reserved for between the sheets. Taking a couples massage class is a great way to try new things with your partner. Massage is the perfect way to create intimacy outside the bedroom. 

Relish in your comfort and connection. You can improve your intimacy with your partner by thinking back to the initial stages of your relationship, appreciating its development, and relishing in just how comfortable you feel with your partner after you have progressed from the “honeymoon” phase. 

Shake up the routine. It’s helpful to switch up your routine every now and then to induce those intense emotions from when you first started dating. Go out of your way to do the unexpected and surprise your significant other. Even taking some time apart might be helpful. This will give you the chance to miss each other and you’ll feel happy and excited when you’re reunited.

Discover everyday intimacy. Between work and family duties, you may feel that your packed schedules make fitting in quality time with your partner near impossible. Stop giving in to that mindset; instead, it’s important to carve out moments of intimacy in the mundane. The ongoing commitment in a relationship is to constantly reassure and remind the other person they matter to you.

Remember to be generous. Being generous involves being giving of yourself, but it also means being accepting of what’s given to you. Be sure to show appreciation, even when gifts and acknowledgment are hard for you to receive.

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