You've been in a long-term relationship forever, and you feel like you're both stuck in a rut. Passion is hard to come by nowadays, and you feel like your partner is more like your roommate. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to reignite that spark. Here are six ways to refresh the love in your romantic relationship:

1. Communicate

1. Communicate

Intimacy isn't just about sex. It's also about communication. Improve your communication by talking about anything from the smallest details about your day to your needs and desires with your partner. Once you both start communicating more often, you'll notice the spark between you two begin to reignite.

2. Show physical affection

2. Show physical affection

Remember when you both couldn't keep your hands off each other? Go back to that time. Start by holding hands and hugging one another. Find any reason to touch each other -- cuddle while watching TV together. This is the easiest way to let your partner know you want them.

3. Compliment each other

3. Compliment each other

Show your partner how much you appreciate them and the relationship by complementing them regularly. It's easy to take someone for granted, but by taking the time to compliment everything your partner does for you, it'll increase intimacy and relationship satisfaction.

4. Schedule time together

4. Schedule time together

Sometimes it's hard spending time together as a couple when you're both so busy. Make it a priority to schedule time together, such as a date night or sex if it's been awhile. Intentionally spending quality time together will increase both emotional and physical intimacy between the two of you.

5. Sext one another

5. Sext one another

Revive the romance in your relationship by sexting one another throughout the day. This will help create sexual tension and anticipation, sparking the passion in your relationship. It'll also let your partner know how much you still sexually desire them.

6. Experiment

6. Experiment

When you've been in a relationship for a long time, it's easy for sex to become boring, which negatively impacts your sex life. Revive your sex life by experimenting in the bedroom. Create a bucket list of all the sexual things you want to try with one another. Watch porn together, try out some sex toys, and masturbate together. You'll feel like you're in the honeymoon stage of your relationship again.

Communication is key

Remember that the first step to refreshing the love in your relationship is to improve communication between you and your partner. While it might be difficult at first, the result will be a stronger, happier, and more passionate relationship.

References
  1. "12 Ways to Refresh the Love in Your Relationship When You've Been Together Forever," Thought Catalog, January 1, 2016.
  2. "5 Ways to Refresh Your Relationship," Canadian Living, April 10, 2012.

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