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Doctor Cupid: Navigating the early stages of a romantic relationship

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Relationships can be tricky – all stages of it, but the most delicate part is the beginning of any relationship.

It can be great and overwhelming and wonderful to discover someone with whom you may have an emotional connection. While you’re trying to logically decide if someone if good for you, your brain is releasing chemicals in order to keep you attached.

During this incredibly confusing time, it’s important to be able to appropriately navigate the early stages of a romantic relationship. You have to be able to balance being vulnerable and being sensible, at least until later in the relationship when you know what things are like.

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Before you waste your time trying to build something with someone who is not worth it, try some of these steps to navigate the early stages of a romantic relationship.

Find out if you’re compatible with each other.

There’s no point doing the mental gymnastics required to build a relationship if you’re not compatible with each other.

Make sure that you both have the same values, the same thought process, and that you both want the same things in the relationship before you invest too much into the relationship.

Go on comfortable dates and have discussions so that you can both find out what you want out of the relationship.

Give each other space.

Don’t call or text every minute just to “check up on them”. That is creepy and no one – not even those in long term relationships – likes it.

Give each other enough space to breathe and let things happen naturally.

Stay confident

Self-esteem is incredibly important, no matter what. It’s like Jada Pinkett-Smith said, that she and will keep themselves happy before they keep each other happy.

Fill up your well of self-love and don’t use a potential relationship to hold yourself up. Focus on yourself and build your confidence.

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Be patient

Most people don’t like to be patient – whether in relationships, jobs, schools, or life. We want to get to where we want to be right now.

Sadly, things don’t work that way. You have to learn to be patient in the early stages of your relationship.

Savour this stage, when things are slightly awkward while you’re both getting to know each other. You’ll remember the memories later and be glad you did.

Don’t overthink things

Overthinking things is tempting. You want to dissect everything they’ve said to uncover some subterfuge that they’re possibly planning.

Do not do it. It will only take so much of your precious time and possibly drive you crazy.

Also, overthinking things can cause you to come to damaging conclusions which can lead you to directly destroy the very good thing that you’re in the process of building.

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Let things happen naturally and don’t think about things too much.

What other tips do you use to cope with this stage of relationships? Share them with us in the comments section below.

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