Couples who have been together for a while often experience a decline in their sexual relationship. Whereas early on they felt lots of passion and lust, with time their sex life can become mundane or even non-existent. Yet it doesn’t need to be that way. If you really would like to experience renewed passion and intimacy in your relationship, here are some things you can do that can make a big difference.

1) Smile at your partner. This sounds so basic, yet when was the time you looked deeply into the eyes of your partner or spouse and gave them a great big smile? Smiling makes you both feel good and it creates a sense of connection that is easy to lose with the pressures of life. So consciously give your partner a big smile the next time you see them, and make a note to yourself that you will do this at least three times a day. Make it a habit.

2) Find a way to laugh with your partner or spouse. It doesn’t matter if it’s reading out a joke from the newspaper, but find something to share a laugh about. Laughing is another way to reconnect with your partner and by sharing a ‘good’ emotion such as laughter together, you strengthen the good feelings around your relationship.

3) Go somewhere different – just the two of you. It is so easy to settle into a routine. Yet if you break the routine, and try something novel or new, you stimulate new parts of your brain. It needn’t be somewhere fancy; it could just be another part of town or even to a new event or festival. But go with the intention of sharing the experience actively with your partner – talk about it and your feelings and reactions both during and after the event.

4) Do something new together. By sharing something new that makes you feel good you are again creating ‘feel good’ associations with your partner or spouse.

5) Explore some sexual fantasies. Sex seems to be the only part of people’s lives where they do the same thing for years, and then can’t understand why they get bored with it! Talk to each other about a sexual fantasy you may have thought of (a good time to talk about your fantasies is when you are making love and are already aroused.). See how your partner reacts – you may be pleasantly surprised. Then go beyond talking about it and make some plans to experience them together.

6) Make the commitment to yourself that your marriage is the most important thing in your life. Realise that your fulfilment as a human being is tied in very deeply to the quality of your sexual relationship. You can have everything else but if you lack true intimacy with another person – and that means on a sexual level – your life will be lacking. If you put your relationship first don’t be concerned that your partner might not do the same; the first and essential step is for you to act as if you were in the ideal relationship.

If you really want better sex in your marriage or relationship (and especially if you are in a sexless marriage) the starting place is to recreate many of the things you did when your relationship was fresh, new and exciting. This is the key to creating a long-term marriage or relationship that remains sexually exciting and fulfilling.

Author's Bio: 

Liam Naden is a marriage and relationships coach, specialising in helping couples save their marriage and create new levels of intimacy and love.

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