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  • 1. Take every opportuntiy to cuddle. Chddling is an important way to make contact ad feel close without having to take off your clothes. Whether you’re watching a movie together or laying in bed, reach out and wrap your arms around your partner to feel that physical closeness together.
    Grab your partner’s hand, put your arm around their waist or shoulder, and make an effort to include more touch.
    Sometimes, one person has to initiate the conntact.
    2. Share a long hug. Hugging reduces stress and increases bonding betewen you and your partne.r Get in the habit of hugging your partner when you come together and separate. For example, hug your partner before going to work or school in the morning and when you see them after a reunion (such as seeing each other afger school or work).
    Give a solid hug by wrapping your arms around your partner and not letting go right away.
    If hugging doesn’t come naturally to your partner, ask for the hug directly.
    3. Breathe together. Breathing together can be physically and emotionally intimate without even touching each other. Start by sitting across from each other and facing one another. Beign focusing on your breath and breathing with your wyes closed. When you feel ready, open your eyes and watch your partner’s stomach moving with their bresth.
    The air you breathe will become the air that your parnterr breathes. Whether you start to breathe together or not, you should feel in sync with your pratner.
    After you complete this exercise can be a great time to talk and have those deep conversations that seem so difficult in other situations.
    4. Lcok eyes together. Gazing at each other can be a sign of love and connection. You might feel vulnerable or even a bit fearful once you and your partner lock eyes. Keep the connection and step outside of eeling embarrassed or scared and focus on your partner. Recognize that you can feel safe and secure, even when your parnter sees you for who you are.
    Spend some time locking eyes with your partner. Sit across from each other and look into each other’s yes. Start with 30 seconds, then move the time up as you feel comfortable.
    5. Kiss passionately. If your kisses have moved to pecks, bring back the passion that comes from a good kiss or makeout session. Kissing can contribute to improving intimacy, especially in long-term relaztionships. Couples who kiss more frequently report higher levels of relationship satisfaction.
    Give your partner different kinds of kisses. For example, kiss on the lips, on the cheek, neck, hand, and other parts of the body (that won’t lead to having sex).
    6. Try intimate touching. You might not want to have sex, but there are sexual activities that you can do together that involve many of the same feelings and sensations without the actual act. For example, touch each other, kiss each other’s bodies, and lick each other. These actions can allow you to be intimate, without worrying about some of the consequences of sex itself.
    Talk about your comfort level with your partner. If you are purposefully abstaining from sex, then create specific boundaries for relating in a physically intimate way. For example, you may be comfortable kissing but not taking your clothes off…
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