Relationships are a balancing act of two people sharing their lives, and providing each other with love and support while still maintaining their identities as separate individuals. As years pass, anything and everything — career, kids, finances, illness, general stresses of life — can get in the way of a couple's intimacy.
So what can you do to keep that closeness and maintain the va-va-voom in your relationship?
Maintain your interests When you first began your relationship, you each had separate friends, interests and ideas. Your individuality is part of what drew you to each other. Keep up your friendships and hobbies and encourage your partner to do the same.
Establish meaningful conversation Engage in conversations of substance and not just superficial small talk. Make eye contact. Carve out time to sit and listen to each other without judgment and with the same respect you would offer anyone else.
Give importance Give importance to your sexual relationship. Be flirtatious; it's intimate and fun! Make time to be romantic; plan a date night. Pay attention to the sexual chemistry you have with your partner; this expression of love goes beyond what words can say.
Don't take your partner for granted Express your appreciation for your partner — for who they are and for the love and kindness they extend to you. Never underestimate their ability to surprise or delight you.
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