After years of being married, things may not stay the same. With the growing marital responsibilities, couples may find the intimacy level in their marriage fading and this should serve as a warning to look at the marriage as a whole because lack of intimacy can ruin a marriage. Relationship is not something that will just last a lifetime on its own as years go by, couples should work hard to make the relationship last. If your marriage is getting dull and less passionate, the following tips can be very helpful to maintain intimacy in your marriage.

Change your mind-set. Couples especially those who are already parents have this mind-set that married people already know each other very well and they do not need to go to real dinner dates, see movies together and do stuffs that only couples on the "getting to know" stage usually do. Many couples find themselves in the "comfort zone" stage that their relationship becomes more like a friendship than a marriage. They become so comfortable with each other that the romance and intimacy are all in the past which is not a good thing. Lack of romance and intimacy in a marriage can make the relationship less exciting. If this is happening in your marriage, you have to change your mind-set and you have to do something to maintain intimacy in your marriage. Dating is one of the best ways to keep the romance and intimacy in your marriage alive. Set date nights or a get away vacation once in a while to spend time alone together.

Be realistic. Marital responsibilities may prevent you to have regular dates with each other especially if you have children. Do not make a big deal out of it if every night cannot be a date night. Be realistic to avoid fights and arguments, a once or twice a week date should be enough. Being realistic that you cannot date whenever you want does not mean that romance and intimacy have to take a back seat. You can be romantic and intimate with each other even at home. For instance, you can hug and kiss your spouse while she is doing the dishes. You can cook for your spouse to enjoy a romantic dinner later after sending the kids to bed. Give your husband a quick kiss while he is doing errands at home. These things can make your marriage more exciting and you can maintain intimacy in your marriage while attending to your individual responsibilities at home.

Words of love and appreciation. Aside from romantic gestures, your spouse needs to hear how much you appreciate him or her. Words of love and appreciation are very important if you want to maintain intimacy in your marriage. Your wife will feel closer and passionate with you if you usually let her hear that you appreciate and love her looks, her dress, her hair, her body, her gentleness, her kindness, her cooking and everything about her. Your husband will feel sexier if you will let him hear how you find him really sexy and irresistible, how you love his touch and how you appreciate his thoughtfulness. Actions may speak louder than words but we still need to hear those words of love and appreciation from our spouse.

Be open-minded. Is the lovemaking in your marriage still full of excitement? Do you satisfy each other in bed? A satisfying sex life is important in a marriage. Lovemaking is not just a sexual act but it is a medium where couples connect with each other physically and emotionally. To maintain intimacy in your marriage, lovemaking must be satisfying. Be open-minded to talk about sex with your spouse and how you can improve your sex life. Do you have sexual fantasies that you want to be fulfilled? Experimenting in the bedroom can be a great way to maintain intimacy in your marriage, it is best to talk about it with your spouse and be open-minded about it.

Lack of intimacy can result to marital problems like infidelity but this can be prevented. There are various ways to maintain intimacy in your marriage but you have to commit to work hard for your marriage to last.

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