Believe it or not, there are some seemingly harmless habits that can undermine your sex life. Some of them even take place far away from the bedroom. In fact, the things therapists wish you'd stop doing before intimacy include a few habits you might not even notice. Paying more attention to these little behaviors just could help your love life over time, though.
Really, plenty of people struggle to get in the mood when the time is right for intimacy. So many folks are stressed and overworked to the max most days. Sometimes, the only thing you want to do in bed after a long workday is sleep.
But for most couples, it's worth a little effort to keep the spark alive. Overall, "sex seems not only beneficial because of its physiological or hedonic effects . . . but because it promotes a stronger and more positive connection with the partner," as the authors of a 2017 study in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin concluded. It's about feeling closer with your SO and honoring the relationship, at least for a lot of people. So if you want to keep the rest of the world from infringing on your sex life, keep reading.