Source: Dr. Rachael Ross / The Doctors / USA Today
Reignite that spark and rekindle your love
If you’re like many couples, after years together (and maybe a few kids) the passion can cool. But with some effort, you can re-ignite that spark. Dr. Jennifer Berman and Dr. Rachael Ross, co-hosts on The Doctors and experts in women’s sexual health and medicine, share their best tips to help keep the romance alive in long-term relationships.
Schedule together-time …
It doesn’t sound romantic to block “significant other” slots on your calendar. But it shows you’re making an effort, and you’re more likely to be emotionally present when together.
…but don’t forget yourself
Your needs and interests shouldn’t get pushed aside for the sake of a relationship. You’ll actually be a more active and engaged partner if you take time to nurture your own health and spirit.
That could mean kissing, cuddling or even simply holding hands. Physical contact helps release oxytocin, a neurochemical that activates pleasure centers in the brain and create feelings of intimacy.
Do the unexpected.
Novelty is important — and not just in bed. Try new restaurants, do something active, or think back to when you first met, and redo the fun things that initially helped you connect. Or if you’re on the friskier side, consider role-playing during the day by texting your partner in your alter-ego or pleasuring your love at an unpredictable time (like first thing in the morning to help jumpstart the day!)
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