How to Have a Healthy Dating Life

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Healthy Dating Life

Healthy relationships are one of the best parts of life for many people. They fill you with a sense of joy, pride, and excitement. However, in order to find a good relationship, you normally have to go through the dating process first. You might go the online route or choose to meet people in person. Dating can be a little daunting, especially if you’re new to it or haven’t dated in a long time. Putting yourself out there is always risky, but most people consider it to be worth it if it means finding that special person. If you’re wondering how to have a healthy dating life, then this information is for you. 

Be Yourself

The only way to know if you’re compatible with another person is to be yourself from the start. After all, you’d want the people you’re dating to be themselves too, right? If you’re putting forward a perception of yourself that isn’t correct, know that that image is bound to expire at some point. Then, your true self will come out, and the other person will likely be caught very off guard. Although most everyone is on their best behavior during the dating process, that doesn’t mean you need to change who you are. You’ll likely have a much better experience if you stay true to yourself from the start, meaning you stick to your values, wants, and needs. 

Don’t Compromise on Dealbreakers

Although it can be tempting to let dealbreakers slide when you really like someone, it’s best to stick to them. When you start compromising on the big things, especially early in a relationship, it can lead to resentment down the road. If you’re looking for a long-term partner, you want someone who is the best match for you. No one is perfect, of course, but you don’t have to compromise on the things that are most important to you. 

Pay Attention to How You’re Treated

How someone treats you is, in most cases, the best indication of how they feel about you. If someone says one thing but then treats you in a different manner, it could be a red flag. It may be easy to forget the words someone says to you, but it’s a lot harder to forget how someone made you feel. Pay close attention to how they make you feel when times are tough, such as during conflict. Those moments can reveal a lot. If a relationship starts out with one or both people treating each other poorly, there may not be any point in continuing to date. 

Don’t Rush Things

When you grow worried that you’ll never meet the right person, you may be tempted to rush the dating process and start settling. If your friends all have significant others, you might feel left out and want that special person in your life too. However, rushing things usually just makes it harder to find real love and can hurt both parties in the end. Instead of rushing things, let them unfold naturally and be patient with your love life. 

Be Upfront About Your Intentions

Do you want a long-term, serious relationship? Or are you looking for something more casual? Being upfront about your expectations and desires can save both parties a lot of frustration and heartbreak. The clearer you are about these expectations, the faster you may be able to find the right match for you. 

Trust Your Gut

If something feels off, it probably is. Many people keep moving forward in a relationship even when things don’t feel right, which sets them up for failure down the road. Your instincts are more powerful than you may realize, so make sure you’re trusting them. If there are red flags early on in the dating process, know that there will be other people that you can feel surer of, and move on.

Take Care of Yourself

When you’re caught up in dating all these different people, it can be easy to start to neglect yourself. Slowly, your needs fall to the backburner and you begin to feel worn out. Healthy dating requires that you practice self-care so that you can put your best foot forward when meeting new people. Dating is not about finding someone to fix or complete you; it’s about two people adding to one another’s lives. So, don’t forget to keep doing the activities you enjoy and remember to keep hanging out with your friends too. Although being in a relationship is a wonderful thing, it’s still vital to maintain your individuality, independence, and take care of yourself. 

Stay Positive

Dating can be discouraging, especially if you’ve been putting yourself out there for a long time. It may feel like you will never find the one who is right for you, but rest assured that with time you will. For some, the dating process is just longer and harder, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Try new things, stay open-minded, laugh at yourself, and don’t give up. You can experience a lot of growth during the dating process, and you don’t want to miss out on a chance for self-improvement. 

Having a healthy dating life is possible if you’re willing to work for it. Know that it’s better to be single than to be in a bad relationship, and the right person is worth waiting for. Everyone dates at different speeds and finds their person on separate timelines, so try not to compare your path to others. Ultimately, only you can say what you’re looking for in another person and what will make you happy. You can accept the advice of friends and family members, but in the end, it’s your dating life and your relationship. You must do what will be best for you and your future partner. 

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