Everyone desires to be in a relationship where their partner loves and cherish them just as much as they do.
Marriage is not only about physical intimacy but emotional intimacy as well where both the spouse love, trust and support each other.
Emotional intimacy refers to the level of comfort and closeness that both the partners feel with each other. Although very important, emotional intimacy is often non-existent in many marriages. In fact, a couple can remain married for several years without being emotionally intimate.
The lack of emotional intimacy in any marriage can cause the relationship to suffer and even lead to disastrous results.
Many of the emotional intimacy issues in marriages are due to the lack of trust, feelings of being unsafe or due to some kind of trauma that one of them may have experienced in the past. It is important to restore emotional intimacy in a relationship and some of the ways to do so are mentioned down below.
1. Try to spend more time with each other
Spending quality time is the key to increasing emotional intimacy between you and your partner. In this fast-paced world, most of us are too occupied with matters of own such as work, household chores, childcare, and other similar tasks that by the end of the day, we are too exhausted to spend some time with our spouse.
It is important that couples spend at least an hour or so together, without the children or any other distractions and enjoy each other company.
This can be something as simple as doing the dishes together or maybe even planning date nights, once a week to be able to connect emotionally.
2. Develop a healthy balance between self and couple time
Although the couple needs to be close, too much closeness can actually be bad.
A healthy marriage is one that carries interdependent partners that are two different people, have lives of their own and carry a passion for things that they enjoy for themselves and not what their partner likes.
Too much togetherness may cause the partners to feel suffocated and having a personal space is essential. It is important that each of the spouses engage in separate self-care activities but at the end of the day, unite as a secure couple that invests in their marriage.
3. Put away all electronics
When spending time together or talking, it is important that the couple provides each other with their undivided attention.
Therefore, it is important that that keep aside all kinds of interruptions and distractions especially, their media devices such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, etc. if either of the spouse is engrossed into the electronics while the other is talking, they may feel unheard or unimportant.
Maintain eye contact and make sure that your partner knows that you value what they have to share.
4. Communicate effectively
One of the best ways for any couple to avoid emotional intimacy issues in their marriage is to be able to communicate and have long, meaningful conversations.
Put aside the regular ‘how was your day?’ and instead, opt for deeper talks. Talk about likes and dislikes, the question about things you would want to know about your partner. All of this will help develop an understanding and a stronger bond between the two of you.
Moreover, it is important that couples are always honest with each other. They need to be able to share and talk about anything and everything without any second thoughts. No matter how hard a topic is, one should share their concerns with their spouse and accept their mistake instead of making up excuses or blaming it on the other.
5. Have fun in each other’s company
There are many ways for a couple wanting to have some fun. All it needs is that both of them willing to engage in them and enjoy it equally.
One of the best ways is to go on an adventurous trip together, try out new experiences such as hiking, skiing and make unforgettable memories!
Couples can also have fun within the comforts of their home such as cooking a lavish meal together or reading a good book together. It could be anything as long as both of you are enjoying each other presence. This is a great way to strengthen the relationship and retain the spark of your marriage.
Marriage is all about love, trust and unconditional support. A couple can have a happy, successful marriage as long as they are both physically and emotionally intimate. Being able to share and express your feelings is a blessing and one of the best ways to keep a marriage healthy. Partners who fail to have mutual understanding and trust often lead their relationship towards death.