The summer is almost upon us. Before you know it, though, we’ll be luxuriating in the weekends full of sun and barbeques. It’s so hard when you’re in the thick of the busy weekend fun to plan ahead, but now is a great time to think about how to plan to stay connected to your partner.First and foremost, of course, we’re thinking of our intimate partnerships and how to give them a boost when we feel we don't have the time. We’ve put together a list of loving gestures, big and small, to help foster your connection the entire summer long.
13 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR INTIMACY
- Tell your partner three things you appreciate about them every day.
- Have at least two candlelight dinners per week.
- Keep the TV off after hours in the bedroom.
- Say I love you every night before you go to sleep.Resolve to hold hands more.
- Ask for what you want from your partner during sex. (The more often you do it, the easier it gets!)
- Put down your phone or shut your computer and listen when your partner is talking to you.
- Go on old-fashioned movie dates every month or two. (Reviewing movies together is one of our favorite ways to connect and healthfully argue!)
- Accept and even appreciate your partner’s quirks, rather than thinking of them as faults.
- Write and leave love notes around the house or hidden in your partner’s pockets.
- Discuss sticky situations in your relationship rather than letting them fester and lead to resentment.
- Look at your old photos together. Have make-out sessions! Don’t letting kissing fall by the wayside.
- Buy and wear an item of clothing or lingerie that makes you feel sexy.
- Look into your partner’s eyes more often when talking to them, rather than multitasking.
Feeling overwhelmed? Start by picking one concrete idea, like leaving a love note in your spouse’s jacket pocket once per week, and a more general one to focus on ongoingly and work from there. These are just a few ideas to get you started thinking about how to nurture your connection together. No one knows the two of you like you do, so think of our list as a guideline for your own.