New relationships are exciting and full of non-stop romance. Avoid slowing down progress with the new person in your life by sidestepping some common mistakes.
Being too clingy
It’s understandable to want to spend a lot of time together at the beginning of a relationship, but if you want things to last and continue along in a healthy manner, give your new partner their space. Calling and texting multiple times a day and trying to make daily plans can seem like overkill. Remember that you have a life of your own and it’s much healthier to embrace that rather than focus solely on a new relationship in a way that could hinder it.
Getting jealous for no reason
Jealousy can put an immediate damper on a new relationship, especially if it’s in no way warranted. If you find yourself getting jealous every time he checks his phone, or feeling the need to question where he is and who he’s with minus any proof of wrongdoing, you could end up pushing your new partner away.
Giving up your independence
Putting activities you enjoy on hold just to spend more time with someone new, or pretending to like certain things (foods, sports, hobbies) that you don’t actually like just to impress the person you’re dating is a mistake. You’ll end up resenting that person, or simply losing out on the things you love. Having shared interests is important as you move your relationship forward, but your interests help shape who you are and without them, you aren’t as vibrant.
Getting too serious, too fast
Even if he seems like “the one” and you can picture your future children, pets and house where you’ll throw backyard barbeques, take a second to step back and chill out. Getting too serious, too soon can put a lot of unnecessary pressure on a new relationship and has the potential to scare off your new guy.
Only hanging out with each other
You might want to spend every waking minute together but eventually you’re going to start getting antsy to see other people. Strive for a healthy balance between alone time and together time to avoid boredom or an early rut.