Intimacy is an important part of any relationship. A strong physical and emotional connection undoubtedly takes work, but cultivating that intimacy can lead to an even more fulfilling bond.

Here are five ways to keep the spark alive:

1. Talk a walk
Set up a time to go on a walk together each night. Even if it is just up and down the block, getting outside and spending one-on-one time with each other can bring you closer together. Hold hands and spend time talking about the hopes and dreams that you have for your relationship.

2. Plan a tech-free date
It’s a good idea to take a break from the devices every once in a while. Turn your phones off and enjoy each other’s company without distractions. Cook a new recipe together or light up the fire pit and roast s’mores under the stars…either way, spend time with one another uninterrupted. 

3. Reminisce
Memories and shared experiences have a way of reigniting that fire. Take an evening to look through old photos together, notes you’ve written one another, or to remember some of your favorite dates. It’ll help keep those moments and how you feel for one another alive.

4. Give encouragement and praise
A large part of connecting is how we verbally communicate with one another. In the stress of the day-to-day, we can often become guilty of having a short fuse with our significant other. Instead, focus on building them up with words of affirmation. Each day, take a few minutes to speak words of appreciation for your partner and watch just how transformative it can be.

5. Physical touch
This tends to be our go-to when we think about the word “intimacy.” But, in this case, we are talking about non-sexual physical touch. When we are physically affectionate, our body releases oxytocin – which reduces cortisol (the stress hormone). Take 60 seconds each day to hug your partner and look into their eyes. You’ll feel the stress melt away.

It doesn’t have to be hard to increase intimacy with your partner. Implement one or more of these throughout your week and watch your connection deepen.