The honeymoon phase. Ahh… The beginning. The lovey-dovey part. This is when everything they say and do is cute. This is when you’re on the phone for hours upon hours. This is when you want to spend every waking minute together. It’s amazing! But this lovey-dovey, cloud-in-the-sky phase can’t possibly last forever. Eventually, the stuff that used to be adorable becomes annoying. The person you used to want to spend all that time with suddenly becomes the person you need “space” from. At some point, you both stop pretending and start being real. But how do you make sure that “break” doesn’t become a break-up? How do you get past the honeymoon phase and still be happy?
- Communicate freely – Tell each other how you feel about stuff. You can’t just have all these feelings and expect your partner to get them through osmosis. You have to be the one to tell them. You have to make sure you stay on the same page. If you don’t communicate your feelings those small things will become big issues over time.
- Choose your battles – And choose them wisely. Everything that annoys you doesn’t have to be a fight. And definitely doesn’t have to be a big fight! Remember why you love that person and that should help to keep you from picking a fight over every little thing.
- Learn to laugh – If you can make each other laugh you can keep each other happy. Everything is not so serious all the time. The couple that can laugh together can’t help but make each other happy.
- Keep it hot – Keep doing new stuff. Be adventurous. Be spontaneous. Make date night a habit and a priority. Compliment each other (at least once a day). Try to continue to find common interests. If you can manage to keep the relationship fresh, it will be like having a new honeymoon phase with a new person over and over again.
Interestingly enough, the “honeymoon phase” of a relationship is considered to be the time when everything is going well. So why should that end? It shouldn’t! If you both put in the effort to keep things fresh, you don’t have to worry about things going downhill after the honeymoon phase. Of course you can’t expect everything to always be perfect, but if you’re both committed to making it work in good times and bad, you can find true happiness after the honeymoon phase.
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