In a successful relationship, sex and intimacy are vital components. Unfortunately, for some couples, the physical aspects of their relationship can take a back seat. From being busy with day-to-day life, to feeling disconnected from the other person, it can be difficult to make sure that sex isn’t getting lost in the shuffle.

Fortunately, through understanding and focusing on how to build a stronger connection with your partner, it’s possible to bring the spark back into your sex life. Here are some tips to help you work on cultivating a deeper sexual and intimate connection with your loved one:

  1. Communicate Openly and Honestly

Communication is the foundation of any relationship, and for sex and intimacy, it’s no different. Talking about what you want and what you enjoy with your partner is key to having an enjoyable sex life.

If you’re feeling too shy to talk directly about these topics, start by talking about things related to sex and intimacy, such as fantasies or memories of past enjoyable experiences. This can help you feel more comfortable discussing your likes and dislikes.

When communicating, be sure be honest and direct. This can help build a sense of trust and understanding, and make it easier to discuss topics that may be a bit more taboo.

  1. Show Your Appreciation

Make a point of expressing to your partner how much your sex life and overall relationship mean to you. Let them know that you are grateful for the opportunity to connect with them in such an intimate way, and that you appreciate all the effort they put into your relationship.

Showing your partner your appreciation is also a way to express your love and affection for them. Acknowledging their efforts can not only make them feel good, but also make them more likely to invest even more into your relationship.

  1. Spend Quality Time Together

Often times, sex and intimacy can suffer when there’s simply too much going on in a couple’s life. Between work, family, and the general busyness of life, it can be difficult to find quality time to truly connect with one another.

Making time to spend together and focus on just the two of you is important to strengthening your connection. Set aside times each week to go on dates, engage in activities that you both enjoy, or simply take a walk and talk.

The more quality time you spend together, the more likely it is that your sex life will improve. Not only will it give you a chance to get to know each other better, but it will also provide the space necessary to re-awaken your desire and bring the intimacy back into your physical relationship.

  1. Make Sex Fun and Interesting

To build a stronger connection and prevent sex from becoming monotonous, make an effort to keep it different and exciting. Get creative with locations, positions, and techniques; not only will it help keep things interesting, but it can also help reinvigorate the passion between you both.

It’s also helpful to add new activities that you both enjoy. From exploring sensuality and tantric sex, to experimenting with sex toys, the possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to have fun and get playful with your partner during physical intimacy.

  1. Keep Things Balanced

When rekindling the intimacy in your relationship, remember to keep things balanced. The focus should be on both giving and taking. Both of you should feel satisfied with the exchange and comfortable with “making moves” on one another.

It’s also important to avoid letting any one person take the lead constantly. Alternate initiating sex and then, once you’ve both decided on what you want to do, take turns giving and receiving in order to ensure that each person is able to experience pleasure.

Sex and intimacy are two essential aspects of a relationship that need to be worked on and nurtured. With open communication, appreciation, and dedication to keeping things fun and interesting, you can build a stronger connection with your partner and make sure that your own sex life stays satisfying.