Getting in touch with your sexual side can be daunting. As someone who grew up thinking that I should be ashamed of feeling any kind of sexual desire, it took a lot of work, self-care, and adjusting to understand that sex is perfectly healthy. After a rut, a breakup, or simply from prioritizing other aspects of your life — sex and intimacy can take a back seat. Unfortunately, it happens pretty frequently if you don’t acknowledge or take care of it! It’s especially important to have this intimacy with yourself when you don’t have a partner — no matter what, a partner shouldn’t be the only reason for wanting to feel this way — it starts with you, and your commitment to your sexual health! Here are a few ways to jump start this journey.