Dating someone new can be extremely exhilarating and terrifying all at once. On one hand, the passion and sweet honeymoon phase of a relationship is always something to enjoy and savor. On the other, it’s nerve-wracking to think about how this new relationship can easily fall apart if you aren’t careful. Relationships in the beginning stages are at a high risk for collapsing in on themselves. Why? You’re still getting used to each other and being together. Maybe they’ll find something out about you that will be a deal breaker, or you’ll discover they’ve got a big jealous streak. There are also other pratfalls that can occur in new relationships, such as a lack of chemistry or a dependence on one facet of the relationship, like sex. Follow these guidelines to try and make your romantic relationship go the distance.
Communication will be your best bet.
In building a relationship with someone, you need to have a solid foundation. Do you have shared interests? Is there chemistry between the two of you? Do you agree on issues that would drive a wedge between you otherwise? If you don’t know the answer to those questions, then you don’t have a very good communication system in your relationship. It may seem very to the point and unromantic, but take some time out during a date just to hash out some important opinions you share. Explore each other in both emotional and intimate ways during conversations. Being open and honest with each other means that you trust one another, leading to a more fulfilling and long-lasting relationship.
Never walk away angry and rationalize the problem.
Your goal is to make sure that both you and your partner are happy with themselves and you in your relationship. Don’t worry if you will often disagree or argue, as this is absolutely common in a relationship in any stage of its life. Disagreements can sometimes be a sign of passion and that you both care strongly about how you and your opinions are viewed. Without rough spots, people in relationships can’t learn about each other and themselves. In order to make sure that a nasty fight doesn’t break the two of you up, though, try to make up quickly while still having an important and genuine dialogue. Sometimes space is needed, but prolonging an argument only leaves both parties even more angry than before.
Don’t ever forget the romance.
Many relationships that last outside of the honeymoon phase are subject to dry patches and long periods of time where the sparks of passion are lost to familiarity and being too casual with one another. Never forget to add a little spice and romance into the relationship in order to keep the embers burning. If you’re in a relationship that relied on both sexual chemistry and romantic love to keep it going, an even balance of both intimacies is crucial in order for it to last. Surprise your partner with sexy treats, or talk about how you can both become more interested in the more sensual side of your relationship again.