Being in a new relationship is up there on the list of most exciting, exhilarating feelings ever, amirite?
The butterflies you feel every time you hear your partner's voice, the way your stomach jumps when their name flashes on the screen of your phone, the daydreams you have about them while you're at work—the honeymoon period is absolute heaven!
But what about once the honeymoon period is over?
Love alone is not enough to sustain a relationship for a long time. In order to make your relationship strong from the get-go, here are a few things you should keep in mind right from when things are still brand new, as it's important to set the tone for the rest of your relationship right from the beginning.
Establish the terms of your relationship clearly
Make sure you are both on the same page when it comes to exclusivity, and how serious the relationship is. If you set out with different ideas of what your equation is, things might be fine and dandy in the beginning when you're willing to overlook the problems, but it's sure to cause cracks in the relationship later on.
Retain your individuality
It may be tempting to spend every waking moment of time with your partner and discard everything else to the wayside when you're so infatuated with someone new, but don't let it dissolve your individuality.
Don't let go of things that are "yours": your work, your hobbies, and your "me time".
Keep in touch with your friends
No one likes that friend who drops off the face of the earth just because they're dating someone new. And if you break up, you'll have no one left! So make sure you continue to make time for your friends and doing stuff with them the way you did before you started dating your partner.
Try to spend more in-person time with your partner
If your relationship starts off with texting being the primary form of communication rather than in-person time, this will become a "thing" for the rest of your relationship. And would you really rather have a relationship through your phone rather than in person?
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