Every long-term relationship has its rough patches. It's only natural! There are so many factors that can cause tough times, whether it's stress, jobs, kids, broken trust, or a faded connection.
Sometimes, couples are able to restore intimacy and closeness naturally, but other times, it takes a little extra effort to get out of a rut (and that's okay!). Here are 5 ways to get the spark back in your relationship:
Being comfortable around each other is one of the biggest benefits of long-term relationships, but sometimes, it can cause you to overlook each other. If you and your partner have fallen into the same old pattern or routine, try changing it up!
Find a new hobby, start a new TV show, join a local sports league, or explore a nearby city you haven't visited before. Sometimes, all it takes to get the spark back is shaking up your normal routine with some fun quality time together.
Sex is important, but so are other forms of touch! After a while, physical touch starts to dwindle, so it's important to make an effort to improve your connection. Hugging, a peck on the cheek before leaving the house, rubbing each other's shoulders, sitting close to each other on the couch-try anything that helps you both feel loved and cared for.
Hopefully all of that extra physical touch is leading to more intimacy! If you're feeling distant from your partner, sex is usually the first thing you put on the back burner. If you're stressed or strapped for time, scheduling sex might help (and it's completely fine to do so, even if it doesn't sound very sexy.)
If scheduling intimacy isn't your thing, how about surprising your partner with something new and exciting in the bedroom? Try some games, bring in toys, or play out your partner's biggest fantasy. Keeping your sex life fresh is a great way to get the spark back.
Depending on your personality and love language, verbal praise and affirmations might not come naturally, but it's important to incorporate them as much as possible. Tell your partner you love them and are proud of them, and show appreciation for the things they do, no matter how small!
Sometimes, it can be tricky to pinpoint the cause of a rough patch, and even if you do, it's hard to rekindle the spark on your own. This is where it might be time to enlist a professional relationship coach or therapist to help!
If online or in-person therapy isn't for you, Relish is a relationship coaching app that you and your partner can navigate on your own terms. With personalized, text-based coaching, interactive lessons, quizzes, insights, and more, you can get your relationship back on track at your own pace.
It's important to remember that a slump in your relationship won't last forever. Whether you make a plan to work through it together or use a relationship coaching app like Relish, you and your partner are taking the necessary first step in rekindling your spark. With the right effort, you'll be back to your intimate, romantic selves in no time!
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