3. Take a bath.
Now that you’ve connected with your body, it’s time to turn up the eroticisim, Brandon says. Even things that don’t seem to be sensual at first, like taking a bath, can help get you into the right mindset. Light a lavender candle to bring on the cuddly feels, and let yourself relax, lapping water against your skin. It’ll get you all hot and bothered feeling the sensations against your skin.
4. Masturbate (even if you don’t feel like it at first).
Not horny? No problem. “You can masturbate even if you’re not turned on,” Brandon says. “It can help you get into your body and feel those sexual feelings.” It sounds counterintuitive, but sometimes orgasm comes first, then comes arousal. Besides touting bonus health benefits like better sleep and less stress, it can also amp up your libido.
5. Give yoga at try.
When it comes to sex drive, sometimes you gotta go with the flow. Brandon says that practicing yoga or meditation might help you better tune into your desire and, ultimately, have better sex. To date, there are only a few small studies conducted by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information digging into the connection, but think about it: Yoga is all about focusing on movement and breath. Sounds quite familiar, doesn’t it?
6. Queue up the hot visuals.
Yep, you saw this one coming. After all, some of us are visual learners, right? If porn gives you an icky feeling (no shame either way), Brandon says you can get creative. Watching Harry Styles’ “Lights Up” orgy—ish music video, scrolling through Insta, or turning on femme-produced porn could be key to feeling that familiar warmth between your legs.
7. Read something spicy.
There’s a reason erotica fanfic like Fifty Shades and After drew cult followings. Brandon suggests seeing what’s out there in the erotica world. As you browse guilt-free, you might stumble upon the next enthralling, “I need to cool down” read. Even skimming sexy material—think articles like this or even sex toy reviews—can get your heart beating faster and fantasies swirling.
8. Explore your body.
Usual spots just aren’t cutting it right now? Take your sexscapade beyond the erotic areas, says Amy Levine, sex coach and founder of Ignite your Pleasure. “For example, pressing the areas on the right and left of your labia majora where your leg meets your pelvis can be an amazing release of pressure,” she says. As you slip into the sheets, try lightly running your fingers over you collar bones and gently squeeze your nipples. By getting handsy, you might even pick up a few tips to pass to your partner for later.
9. Let go of your to-do list.
Suddenly remembering a laundry pile just as the good part of your fantasy came up? Relatable. “Our lives pull us into our minds constantly,” Brandon says. “It’s hard to then jump into your body when you spent the last 16 hours in your head.” Before you turn down the lights and start getting sensual, whip out a pen and paper. Jot down a to-do list you'll plan to tackle after and only after you've turned yourself on and gotten it on. Put the list away, and get down to the business of the hour: feeling sexy. Being present creates the space for pleasure, Levine says.
10. Eat in a sensual way.
If slurping up oysters gives you the tingles, go for it. “It’s not so much the food, but how you eat it,” Brandon says. “What if you’re eating with your hands? Licking chocolate sauce off your fingers?” She suggests. Lean into tongue action, and savour the moment (and the chocolate).
11. Dance for yourself.
Lock your bedroom door, turn up a playlist of sexy and empowering jams (hey, Lizzo), and get your hips swivelling. Sure, shimmying in an empty room might feel awkward at first, but keep going. “Moving your hips and pelvis in a sensual way can be really helpful to embrace your erotic self,” Brandon says. No worries if you won’t bust these moves out in public. This private moment is all yours.
12. Put on lingerie...and strip down.
Along with dancing, Brandon suggests stripping for yourself, too. Peeling off a lacy number (worn on special occasions) in front of the mirror can make you feel like the star of the show. While you give attention to every bit of your beautiful self, think of what you love about your body, Levine says.
13. Reminisce about sexy past experiences.
Chances are, you have at least one unforgettable sexcapade you can think of when your libido needs a boost. “Letting your mind go there can spark your body and get your mind in the game,” Brandon says. Whether you and a former partner had a hot romp in a park or only banged it out sensual music on silk sheets, reminiscing can be a surefire way to rev your engine.
14. ...And fantasise about ones that haven't happened yet.
No better way to float into a creative, sex-craving haze than fantasising about that position you want to try in real life, or that kink you've been wanting to try out. Even if you aren't planning on turning those fantasies into reality just yet, you can still harness that sexual energy to get you all tingly inside. It's all about "bringing that sexual energy back to connect with your partner,” Brandon says. Riding solo? Get totally lost in your imagination, baby.
15. Keep it going.
“Before you know it, if you’re not making desire part of your life, it goes by the wayside,” Brandon says. Don’t get too upset: This happens to everyone. Read your favourite erotica author or masturbate more regularly. It’s not just for the orgasm (although that’s always a perk), but for deepening your connection to your desire. Turning yourself on will become one of your many talents.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US.