A woman’s best tool for boosting her libido is her brain.

So how can she use her brain to start looking forward to sex tonight?

I asked a number of marriage and sex bloggers and authors to give me some good ideas. And I was looking for things that REAL people do, not something you’d read but say, “that’s so impractical.”

Most of us, if we’re honest, don’t really start thinking about sex until after we’ve climbed into bed, and then the first question that occurs to us is something like, “Does he want to tonight?” We wonder what he’s thinking, rather than what we’re thinking. And then it all too easily becomes, “is he expecting anything?”

What would happen, though, if we started giving ourselves a bit of a sex pep talk earlier in the day? What would happen if we helped our brains engage before we hit the sheets? Maybe things would get a lot more fun!

Having difficulties with low libido? Check out how these women get "in the mood" and what works for them! It's time to spice up your marriage, so check out these 10 tips!

Starting Early: Getting your brain in gear for sex during the day

In 31 Days to Great Sex, my fun challenge for couples (and it’s super inexpensive, too! Just $4.99 for the ebook version), I challenge women on day ? to prepare for sex throughout the day. Think those thoughts earlier, and it’s more likely your sex drive will rev!

I mention quite a few ideas in the book, and here are a few more to start trying earlier in the day:

1. Do Your Kegels!

How to Rev Up for SexAlthough our minds play a big part in feeling sexy, our bodies can help, too.  Keep your arousal tissue in steamy condition by doing your kegels.  Kegels are so important for spiciness! They encourage blood flow and muscle tone…both are great for arousal and orgasm!

Bonny from The Oyster Bed

2. Make a Date

How to Get in the MoodJust this morning, I told my husband, “Saturday, 10AM”. Setting a specific time: 1. Gives us both something to look forward to; 2. Lets him know that I’m thinking about him; 3. Clears both of our calendars so that sex doesn’t have to be squeezed in between laundry and buying a pork butt (two actually things on my to do list for this week.)

Kathi Lipp

3. Engage Your Senses

Chris Taylor Forgiven Wife - 10 Ways Real Women Rev Their Sex Drives!Wear clothing that feels luxurious, paint  your toenails your favorite color, listen to music, or wear a lotion or perfume that you love. This primes your mind to pay attention to what your body senses.

Chris, from The Forgiven Wife

4. Imagine Your Husband

pam crop lean 150x150 - 10 Ways Real Women Rev Their Sex Drives!To get “in the mood” I will look through my wedding photo album, then walk thru Bill’s side of the closet. It smells like his cologne (which I love). This prepares my heart for when he walks in the door. Or when I travel, I wear to bed as pj’s the dress shirt he wore the last Sunday  because it makes me feel close to him even when we might have to be miles apart for work. It also helps that I have a travel alarm that is a photo of my husband and he recorded ” Good Morning, Beautiful!” as the alarm. (This also helps me with a better, more amorous re-entry into life back home with an “I am ready and available for some Red Hot Monogamy” !

Pam Farrel, author of Red Hot Romance Tips for Women and co-author of Red Hot Monogamy

5. Run Through Your “Highlight Reel”

It’s okay to have a highlight reel–or memories of your favourite sexual times together. Sometimes they’re great memories because they’re so romantic and sometimes it’s because they’re sexy, but either way, they’ll help you think more about him!

Make it a practice that when you’re in the shower, or when you’re folding his laundry that you deliberately go over one of your highlights!

(don’t have any yet? Then try 31 Days to Great Sex!)

Let’s Get it On!: Revving Sexual Desire During Foreplay

Did you know that most women aren’t actually “in the mood” before they start making love, whereas most men are? That’s right! Women often have to start touching, think positively about sex, and only THEN does arousal start.

But you can actually start the arousal process going earlier by concentrating more on foreplay and drawing things out! Here are some ideas that help you do that:

6. Write a Sexy Quiz

wyatt fisher - 10 Ways Real Women Rev Their Sex Drives!Most husbands love verbal praise and sexual intimacy most in marriage so here’s an idea to combine both. Create 4-6 questions with 3 answer options each on things you love most about your husband. For example, one question could say, the thing I find most attractive about my husband’s body is A-his eyes, B-his arms, C-his you-know-what. Your husband must choose the correct answer and if he gets it right you remove one article of clothing. Therefore, the amount of questions must match the articles of clothing you have on so when he answers all of the questions correctly you’ll have no more articles of clothing on. Let your imagination take you from there!

Wyatt Fisher, from Christian Crush

What I like about this one is that coming up with the questions earlier in the day can help you rev your libido, too!

7. “Bless” His Body

Dr. Carol - 10 Ways Real Women Rev Their Sex Drives!Lovingly touch the various parts of his body as you express appreciation and bless them. “I love the look in your eyes when you look at me as though I’m beautiful,” and kiss his eyes. “I love the sound of your voice when you tell me ‘I love you.'”, and kiss his mouth (and maybe his throat). “I love the feel of your arms holding me close when I’m tired or upset.” And kiss his arms. “I love your hands doing thoughtful things for me and helping around the house.” “I love the way you carry the financial pressures of our family on your shoulders.” “I love your feet leading the way as we follow God together.”

As you begin blessing certain parts of his body, begin taking off his clothes. I doubt you’ll have to do anything more to get him excited and interested in blessing your body in return!

Carol Peters-Tanksley MD, DMin. Find out more here

Make sure that you lead up to the main event–so that the anticipation builds! As his does, yours will, too. And one of the benefits of you being more assertive and initiating sex like this is that you’re not just waiting for something to happen. You’re an active participant, which will make your brain go in the right direction, too!

8. Focus the attention

Sometimes getting rid of a sense helps fire up the other ones!

Julie Sibert 150x150 - 10 Ways Real Women Rev Their Sex Drives!Blindfold your husband and then encourage him to slowly undress you and explore your body. He can’t take the blindfold off until you’re completely naked. Continue to ramp up the foreplay and lovemaking from there!

Julie Sibert from Intimacy in Marriage

9. Pay attention!

If you’re lying there while you’re having sex, thinking about shopping lists and to-do lists and work, figuring that when he starts hitting the right spot you’ll start to feel good, I guarantee you that you won’t.

But if instead you start asking yourself, “what’s feeling good right now?”, you’ll likely realize:

Oh, that feels great!

The key to sex feeling good is to pay attention. Don’t let your mind wander. Think about your husband. Think about how much you love him. Think about his body–and yours! And you’ll find arousal much easier.

10. Understand the bigger picture of libido

Sometimes you can’t “think” your way into getting in the mood. There are other things that affect us–our hormone levels, the foods we eat, how busy we are, and how emotionally connected we feel with our spouse can all make it easier or harder to get turned on.

If you’ve been struggling with low libido, and you can’t think your way out of it, then I hope that my Boost Your Libido course can help you. Check it out here, because I know that this is a multifaceted issue that really can be overcome.

It may seem like a strange question, but what are some things you have found work to rev up your sex drive? If you’ve struggled with low libido, share what has worked for you and maybe you can help out another marriage! 

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