Let us first define intimacy as feelings of emotional closeness and connectedness with another person that often develop through building mutual trust, caring, and acceptance. It is important to note that emotional intimacy and sexual intimacy do not always go hand in hand. While sex can help to build an intimate relationship, it is not the only indicator. In fact, intimacy can play a role in all types of relationships and it is not reserved for romantic and sexual partners. Furthermore, intimacy can mean something different to each person. Your passions and communication style can affect how you view and develop intimacy. Below we will discuss the differences between sex and intimacy in a relationship and how stressful conditions can alter the balance of the two.
As we get older our sexual desires, abilities, and patterns change. The changes can vary from person to person, however, it can be important to maintain a certain level of intimacy to stay close. In fact, it is healthy to appropriately express sexuality at all ages. The negative stereotypes placed on the aging process in society can often have harmful effects on intimacy. As we age, it can be helpful to continue educating ourselves on matters of sexuality as they relate to aging. Education works to eliminate stigmas around age and sexuality while also informing us how to best satisfy our intimate needs as they change over time. There are many different ways to be intimate, both alone or with a partner. Below we will discuss some ways to increase intimacy as you age.
If you and your partner are considering changing up your sex life but aren't sure where to start, ethical non-monogamy may be the answer. As “non-monogamy” becomes more mainstream, (with an estimated 20% of the US population having tried some form of non-monogamy according to the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy) the question often gets asked, how do you bring up non-monogamy to a partner, especially that first time?
2020 has proven to be quite the trying year for us all thus far, only adding to our stress more and more by the day. A big contributing factor to that stress is likely the learning curve of adapting to a world spent indoors – trying to figure out how to make our normal joys work within this newfound quarantine life. One such joy that cannot afford to be overlooked is your romantic dating life. The stress of work-from-home all throughout the day can feel exhausting, but in the evening, when you reunite with your partner for some quality alone time, the intimacy and affection can offer you an escape from your troubles for the night! Take care of yourself and your relationship with these 5 awesome at-home date ideas:
It’s no surprise that these unusual times have brought with them a multitude of problems. Small issues within our day to day lives appear to be magnified, highlighting concerns that we may never have otherwise noticed or even been subjected to. Our relationships are no exception to the problem, as some of our most intimate bonds are put to the test during the trials and tribulations of quarantining with your significant other. That’s why it’s important to think about how you and your significant other can find space away from each other during this uncertain time.