The Tipping List
Romance in Bloom
How to spring clean your love life
By: Reed Walton
Flowers are pushing up, days are getting longer and warmer…spring has arrived! But unless your romance is new as a spring chicken, your love life may have trouble struggling out of the snows. Cold weather fires up the urge to hunker down, so you and your partner may have fallen into routines that, while not damaging, have made things a bit of a yawn. Not to worry – these tips will help you shove aside those winter blahs and rev up your romance.
1. Be an early bloomer. Even if you live in a place that’s still cold or dreary, improvise! Brighten your study or kitchen with daffodils, and bedeck your bedroom with lush lilies. Who knows what heat the seductive scent (or soft petals brushed across a partner’s skin) will stir in the cool of early spring?
2. And speaking of bloomers… I have a friend who treats herself to new lingerie whenever she’s feeling down. If you spring (pardon the pun) for some lacy delicates one rainy April day, it can boost your mood. This season, you’ll find comfortable, cute and colorful bras and panties bursting into stores. When you have to haul out that sweater or those corduroys again, you’ll feel better knowing you’ve got a cute pink bra or pair of green lace tanga shorts underneath!
3. Get active. Now is a good time to get a literal jump on fitness (just in time for bikini season!). Bundle up and go for a walk or run in the fresh air. If you’ve let your gym attendance lapse, fill your MP3 player with bouncy new tunes and head back to try new machines. Not only will exercise give you more energy, but you’ll feel more desirable when you’re fit – and that can only mean more one-on-one close encounters of the romantic kind.
4. Spring clean your brain. New Year’s be damned – now’s the time to start fresh with goals in mind and petty grievances behind. If there’s something bugging you – job worries, a habit of your partner’s, your body image – bring it up in conversation with girlfriends or another uninvolved party and get an objective view. Listen to their advice and work toward how you can address the issues in order to adopt a fresh outlook.