Sex might feel like the most intimate thing you can do with your partner, but there are so many other ways to bond. In fact, some of these are actually best done just after a wild session in the sack to bring you even closer and enrich your relationship.
Laugh about something silly. Maybe you kicked a lamp off the side-table during sex. Maybe you’re thinking that the neighbors heard everything you just did. Whatever it is, find something to laugh about together. It’s a great way to boost your closeness and lighten the mood. Next time you might even laugh during sex, which is awesome.
Get something to eat. A hot sex session has left you both ravenous, so go on and make a delicious sandwich together or grab that leftover pizza and bring it back to bed. Yum. You could even take this one step further and feed each other for a romantic touch.
Have a bath. Forget having a quick shower – bathing together is really sensual. It’s great to do after sex because the simple act of cleaning each other can really increase your bond. Soak in the tub on a regular basis and your overall intimacy will be boosted.
Cuddle. You might think this is the last thing your partner wants to do, but he might surprise you! Cuddling is great because it means the end of sex doesn’t have to result in the end of physical closeness. It’s sort of like the last page in an amazing book — it helps to complete your enjoyment before you both go on with your day.
Have a nap. You’ve slept together, but now you get to really sleep. There’s nothing more romantic than falling asleep on your partner’s chest or waking up to the sight of them looking all dazed and content. It’s sure to get those endorphins pumping.
Enjoy after-sex foreplay. You enjoyed having foreplay before sex, but now you can enjoy tamer, but just as sensual, after-sex foreplay. This could include kissing, gently stroking each other’s bodies, or giving each other a massage with oils. It’s a great way to wind down, but it also strengthens your relationship. An Archives of Sexual Behavior study found that partners who show each other affection after sex have more satisfying sexual relationships as well as all-round relationship satisfaction.
Give each other props. You might want to mention how sexy your boyfriend looked in the sack when he grabbed your hair, or some other thing he did that brought you to orgasm. Whatever it is, giving your partner some kudos after sex is a great way to boost their confidence and sexual satisfaction, while feeling closer to them. Opening up about your sexual experiences is also a good way to increase your bedroom satisfaction in future.
Walk around naked. Don’t be so quick to put your clothes back on! Walking around naked, whether it’s to the kitchen to grab a snack or to the bathroom for a bubble bath, is a great way to increase intimacy. Because, even though you’ve had sex, you might not have really looked at your partner’s — or your —body, so now’s the time to be open and comfortable. It’s scary at first, but really satisfying. Besides, when you feel more confident in your body, this will also increase your sexual satisfaction.
Fantasize. You’ve had amazing sex, so why not leave your partner with something steamy to look forward to the next time you have sex, like a preview of coming attractions? Talk about what you can try next time around or things you’d both be keen to experiment in the sack. It’s a great way to keep that bond and anticipation going, while ensuring your sex life remains exciting.
Talk about something else. If you’re both in the mood, why not have a conversation after sex, when you’re mellow and feeling connected? Sometimes sex opens the way for greater intimacy, like sharing about your lives, dreams, hopes and fears in a relaxed setting. Obviously, avoid potential arguments — now’s not the time to moan about how your partner still hasn’t fixed the bathroom sink.
Stare into space. The sex was mind-blowing so all you can do is stare at the ceiling, and keep looking at each other and saying “wow” every now and then. Don’t try to fill this quiet time with talk — just enjoy the rush of endorphins and the feeling of being dazed. Just lying there getting your heartrates back to normal can feel like you’re bonding because you’re in the moment and acknowledging the amazing intimacy you’ve just shared.
Go for round two. On the other hand, instead of talking or eating, perhaps you want to jump right into another round of sex. And why shouldn’t you? You’re sure to experience an even closer bond after another session of pleasure, so enjoy it.
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