A new relationship is exciting, sparks are flying and it feels like you’re on top of the world. The honeymoon stage is the best place to be. Everything is new, you feel happy and inspired that you have found the one, and you find yourself constantly thinking about them.
Unfortunately, it can also be a challenging time to navigate as you get to know someone new, have to learn new boundaries, and a brand new dynamic, which in some cases, might be something you have never experienced before.
While you want the bliss of a new relationship to last forever, it can quickly fade if you don’t put in the work.
Every new relationship is going to need a little bit of work from both parties if it is going to have a future. Here are some of the most common do’s and don’ts that can make or break your relationship.
Consider working on these, and your new relationship may just last a lifetime.
Show your partner affection
Whether you are dating someone you met online, or they were initially a friend, showing affection in a new relationship can be difficult.
It can be confusing knowing what to do, however, you must overcome your fears and show your partner affection.
This will bring you closer together and you’ll quickly learn more about each other. Consider what the other person likes, so you can find a good balance of affection.
Affection comes in many forms, for example, making time for them, giving them your attention when they are talking, and making an effort on their birthday by getting them a birthday cards and a small gift.
It doesn’t have to be much, it is the intention behind the affection that is important.
Everyone is different, so it is important to be accepting of your new partner. Society is full of the expectations from romantic comedies you see in Hollywood, which do not play out the same in a real-life relationship.
It is important that you learn about your new partner, what they like and dislike, and choose to accept them for who they are, have realistic expectations of what a relationship entails and don’t try to change them.
Talk about the distant future
Talking about the future in a new relationship is not always a bad thing.
Some times call for it because you want to ensure your goals and values are aligned and you don’t waste each other’s time. However, you want to balance this with overthinking and scaring your partner away.
Some people like to take things slow and will be frightened at the thought of baby names and weddings at the start of a new relationship.
People who are constantly negative about life are draining to be around, so you don’t want a bad attitude to ruin your new relationship.
Having a bad time and your partner is there for you is one thing, but try to not be necessarily negative about life, or nag at your partner. Be honest with your partner, try new things, and have fun in your new relationship.
What happens at the beginning of a relationship is a good insight into how the rest of it is going to play out. By following these top tips, you can play a positive role in making it last.