Long-term relationships are not always easy. Here are some ways to help you get out of any rut you may be in with your other half and put some life back into it!

1. Get Out Of ‘The Routine’
It’s understandable how couples can get into a sexual routine with one another. It’s the formula which is almost always guaranteed to do it for both of you. This can get boring after sometime so why not try something different? Like dress up sexy, or surfboard up in that bath, get your imagination flowing and you’re bound to  discover new ways to enjoy being intimate together.


2. Take A Trip Somewhere… Different
Yes Paris may be the most romantic city in the world, sun holidays are always enjoyable and yes Ryanair offer cheap flights to London, but why not go to a location out of the ordinary? If you’re thinking about going on a trip why not try Brussels or Edinburgh? That way you’ll both be surprised when you get there and make the experience all the more bountiful.


3. Write A Little Love Letter
And don’t tell them you’re going to write it. Nothing makes you feel fuzzier than reading words of admiration from your other half. Even if you’re the one writing it, it’s a great way to get in touch with your feelings and realise how much you actually appreciate them.


4. Let Him Dress Up As Batman
Or you as Catwoman. Roleplay doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a few hours getting into character, it’s just a bit of fun. Everyone has a fantasy, so why not fulfil each others. You’ll find dressing up can lead to incredible sex.


5. ‘Date’ Each Other Again
Going on date nights is a great way to re-light that fire. It’s important to hang out and do couple stuff, because at the end of the day that’s what you are. There’s a reason why couples go to the cinema, eat Eddie Rockets and go to farmers markets; it’s because those things provide time for you both to be secluded in the open world.


6. Actually Listen To Each Other’s Day
We’re all guilty of pretending to listen to our other halves talk about their day. You don’t know or particularly care who Mike is or why he’s an ass but still you nod and pretend you do. If you want to be closer to your loved one, then you need to  tune in and you’ll find the rewards are fantastic.


7. Take A Trip To The Store *wink* *wink*
Sex shops are great craic, even if you’re too scared to actually make a purchase. It’s good to have look around and find anything that may tickle your fancy.


8. Go Out On A Night Out Alone
Remember when you were dating and you would just go out and get pissed together? Well start doing it again. There’s nothing wrong about getting giddy with one another, it definitely makes the sex more adventurous.


9. Tease The Hell Out Each Other
Nothing will make each other more than holding out sex for an extra 10 minutes. This is what turns into actual love making, which is a lot more fulfilling. So when it does get to the point of em, becoming one, it will be all worth while and be all the more intense.


10. Do A Little Dance
Except sexier than Barney.


11. Make A Bedroom Rule
Have your dirty little secret between the two of you by creating a sneaky sexy bedroom rule; why not make Tuesday’s tie-up day, or make a rule that the first one to, em, get to the finish line, can’t get dressed for the next hour. Get creative.


12. Make Sure You Have A Life Outside The Relationship
Time apart makes the heart grow fonder, even if it’s only a a day or two, it’s important to spend time apart. In this way when you do see each other it’ll be a treat, you’ll always have more to talk about and you’ll be craving each other more.


13. Do It Somewhere… Risqué
Not in the middle of the M50 or on the luas tracks, but if you’re walking in the park why not just sneak your way into a bush. This way you’ll get your bit with some extra excitement and connect with nature.


14. Surprise Each Other
Say what you will about Barney Stinson, but the naked man move does actually work. Let’s look at a scenario: okay so your loved one is due to pop over to your place tonight (Netflix and pizza in mind) and you decided that you’ll answer door in your dressing gown wearing nothing underneath. When they arrive BAM!


15. Allow Yourself To Have Fun
Life is busy business. It’s hard to not let the bad things happening during the day interrupt your personal life. So when you get to hang with your partner, you can be in a pretty bad mood. If you allow yourself to smile and be happy you actually can change your mood around. In no time, you’ll find the both of you having a great time.


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