Know how to recognize any discomfort.
Some people, due to their personalities, family history, or intimate issues, are uncomfortable with touch. It will then be difficult for them to initiate or appreciate a physical mark of affection, such as a caress, a hug, or simply holding hands.
- Deal with your fear of physical contact or intimacy. Accept your fear and determine where it is coming from. It might help you to realize that your fear is probably not related to your current partner or your current situation. Try to get past your block.
- Talk to your partner, tell them you’re uncomfortable, and explain why. Ask him to be patient. Physical signs of affection might come to you more easily once you get to know the person better and address the root of your discomfort with physical intimacy. In addition, by working on communication within your relationship, you will develop a more loving and stronger relationship.
- Talk to a professional. A professional can help you deal with the negative emotions associated with your fears and overcome your reluctance to show physical affection. If you don’t want to see a professional, you can write down how you feel in a journal or express your feelings in some other way.
- Make a habit of showing your physical affection. Take your partner’s hand, touch their shoulder or hug them as often as possible. Over time, showing your affection physically will become easier and more natural for you.
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