You’ve just met someone new; things are going well, and you’re considering taking the next steps, such as becoming exclusive. When it comes to new relationships, it’s easy to move too quickly and end up putting your health and happiness at risk.
That’s why it’s so important to take things slowly and ensure that you know what you need to do to keep yourself healthy and happy when venturing into a new relationship. This is something that a lot of people struggle with, as it can be incredibly tempting to move too fast. However, it’s important to be sensible and take your time.
To make doing so a little easier, below are some useful pieces of advice for ensuring that you (and your partner) are both healthy and happy in your new relationship.
Don’t be together 24/7
A mistake that a lot of people make when starting a new relationship is spending too much time together. It can be tempting to see each other as much as possible, but it’s best to limit how much time you spend with each other. If you spend 24/7 with your new beau, you’ll end up pushing your friends and family away, and could make them feel like you don’t care. Try to work out a good balance, where you split your time between your new partner and friends and family, that way no one ends up feeling upset or pushed out.
Put your health first
When it comes to being in a new relationship, there are a lot of awkward conversations to be had. One of which is about your intimate health and previous partners. Now, before moving things to the next level with your new beau, it’s a good idea to talk about your health. Even if you are both pretty sure that you are healthy and don’t carry anything the other could catch, it’s still best to go and get tested, just in case. To learn more about what’s involved in STD testing, have a read of this article. Remember, it might be an awkward conversation to have, but it’s one that’s definitely worth having.
Don’t pressure each other
New relationships are all about learning about your partner and what they are like. It’s easy to make the mistake of unintentionally pressuring your partner when you first get together, as you don’t know how to read them properly yet. Try to always be open and honest with each other about how you feel about things and what you want to do. For instance, say your new partner wants you to meet their family, but you don’t feel ready for that step yet, be honest with them about it. By being honest with each other, you have a much better chance of relationship success.
Navigating a new relationship isn’t always easy, and it’s important to understand that. To ensure that things go well, and you are both happy in your new relationship, take note of the tips and advice above.