8 Things To Remember At The Start Of A Relationship

The beginning of a new relationship is always a beautiful, intoxicating whirlwind of emotions and kisses and thoughts like, “OMFG who is this glorious human being?” In a lot of ways, falling for someone is like jumping off a cliff… it’s crazy and exhilarating and such a leap of faith. While in the midst of falling head over heels in love, it’s easy to lose yourself or tweak parts of your personality to keep the love boat on course. With this in mind, here are eight things to remember at the start of any new relationship:

Be Yourself: If your new love has different interests or a different fashion sense, it’s easy to fall into line. Unless you really, truly want to explore white water rafting and normcore street style, remember to be yourself. It’s why your person was attracted to you in the first place!

Don’t Ditch Your Pals: We’re all guilty of falling into the lover’s abyss and flaking out on friends. While it’s oh-so-tempting to spend every waking moment engulfed in your new relationship, make time to see your friends. Your relationship and your friendships will be all the better for it.

Be Honest About Compatibility: When romance takes flight, our brains have a tendency to turn into mush. Try to stay vigilant and be honest with yourself about how compatible you are. If you don’t enjoy the same things and your friends don’t like your new person, you may have a problem.

Be Open, But Look Out For Red Flags: Don’t sabotage a good thing by looking for problems where they don’t exist, but if serious red flags pop up, they shouldn’t be ignored.

Stay In Your Routine: Routines are crucial! Find a way to balance your new relationship with your existing routine. Don’t skip the gym and girl’s night every week.

Establish Boundaries: Before your program is set in stone, talk to your new boyfriend or girlfriend about boundaries and expectations. If you love sleeping in your own bed, let it be known! If you aren’t interested in getting sexual because of religious beliefs or what have you, talk it out so you’re on the same page.

Savor The Moments: One can argue that the very best part of a relationship is the beginning. You get to know your new love and you get to experience new things together for the first time. Savor those adventures so you remember why you fell for each other in the first place.

Don’t Take It For Granted: Love is incredible and for some people, very rare, especially in this modern day and age where we can be so removed from personal interaction. Don’t take your budding romance for granted!