Communication. We all know it’s important and we all know we should be doing it more. And perhaps – doing it better. But have you ever stopped to wonder why communication in the relationship is so essential?
Why communication with your spouse or partner ensures intimacy?
Why communication can lead to a better sex life and a more fulfilling relationship?
In this blog post you’ll learn 3 reasons why communication is crucial to maintaining intimacy – be it in your marriage or your relationship.
In the beginning of relationships, intimacy is kind of a given.
Little thought is put into creating it – it just sort of happens. There’s always time to enjoy a snuggle on the sofa, time to cook dinner together, time to share a bottle of wine – time to have sex. A lot of sex.
Falling in love is one of the most intimate experiences.
But when the passion dwindles, which it does for most of us around 6 months to 2 and half years into the relationship, intimacy can turn into a hard project.
One for which we simply have no time or energy to work on.
All of a sudden, it’s like intimacy can only be achieved by going to fancy restaurants, booking ourselves into a spa facility or going on a trip to Paris.
But intimacy doesn’t actually need to be fancy or expensive. There’s a much simpler solution right in the back of your pocket – communication.
When we keep the lines of communication in the relationship open, our relationship is privy to constant evolvement.
A relationship that changes and grows keeps us interested. The novelty we experience in an ever-changing relationship – be it sexual or nonsexual – is also great for our libido.
But a great sex life isn’t only dependent on novelty between the sheets. It also needs extra heat which is, in part, caused by finding our partner or our spouse intriguing and interesting outside of the bedroom.
You might be thinking “but I like my relationship exactly the way it is!”.
And maybe you do today, or tomorrow, or still for months to come.
Relationships that don’t evolve run the risk of losing all intimacy, which is why it’s important to learn how to keep a relationship alive.
When communication in the relationship stops (or never actually starts) – we stop being intimate.
Intimacy is a crucial part of being human. Not just because it’s “nice” or makes us feel good. Our need for intimacy is rooted in our DNA. Our genetic make-up thrives on it because intimacy is a part of love.
And love was what made sure we were a part of the group way back when we lived on the savannah.
Nowadays in western society, love and intimacy might not be as crucial to our physical survival. They are, however, still as important to our mental well-being.
This is partly because a lack of intimacy can, on a subconscious level, be misconstrued as a sign that we’re excluded from the group. Effectively, our brain thinks we’re going to die, leading to worry, anxiety and depression.
When we don’t communicate with our spouse or partner we don’t show who we truly are. And when we hide certain parts of ourselves, we don’t get to experience being loved for our wholeness.
This leads to us keeping our innermost feelings to ourselves and the experience of love is kind of cut in half.
We distance ourselves from our partners, whether we want to be or not, and we lose the intimacy we once shared.
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Communication can be many things – a means to a boring end; like getting your partner to do the dishes, a way of establishing boundaries; like telling your spouse you need space, or, or, put simply; a way of creating intimacy.
Sex isn’t usually viewed as a way of keeping communication in the relationship alive. But sex kind of is communication.
Whether it be purely bodily communication or a mixture of the physical and conversational – having sex is letting one another know how much we enjoy them.
It’s telling our partner we find them attractive, sexy, interesting, lovable – comforting.
But sexual communication isn’t only the act in itself, it’s also the conversation about sex.
Talking about sex can be difficult. It can feel embarrassing and awkward, but if we’re willing to accept those feelings, over time, the conversation can turn into an incredibly intimate experience.
One where we learn how cuddling after sex actually helps our partner get in the mood for sex the next time around. One where our partner shares that feeling sexy during the day is part of what triggers sexual desire for them.
If you find it tricky talking about sex (most of us do!), you can read more in this blog post about communication and relationships and how to talk to your partner about sex.
Communicating on a day to day basis is fundamental to our relationship.
When we communicate we’re bonding with our partner. We’re sharing our thoughts, feelings and needs.
We’re letting them know about our fears and hopes, and – perhaps most importantly – we’re sharing the parts of ourselves we let few others see.
The parts we fear people will find annoying.
The parts we secretly dislike.
The parts we’re deeply ashamed of.
In order to keep our intimate connection going through the good times and the bad times, we need to keep communication in the relationship going – both sexually and non-sexually.
When we do this we don’t run the risk of our brains thinking we’re going to die, of our relationships going stale and boring, or of not being loved for who we truly are. By communicating we’re creating and sustaining intimacy. And in the end – intimacy is what relationships are all about.
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