Have you ever had butterflies in your stomach at the beginning of a new romantic relationship because you like the person so much you just don’t want to screw it up? Well, you’re not alone.
A new relationship is full of potential, possibilities, and discovery—not only of our partners but of ourselves and our needs, wants, and desires,. Celebrity matchmaker Carmelia Ray agrees,”It’s a special time to create unforgettable memories together and a time where many couples feel as if they are falling in love,” she explains. But the new relationship anxiety and jitters you feel can definitely take away some of the carefree excitement and cause unnecessary pressure.
Keeping the Past in the Past
A big mistake people make when dating someone new is to bring all of their fears, concerns, and past negative relationship experiences to their current relationship,” says Ray. She explains that in the more than 26 years of speaking to singles, she’s heard that they do not want to hear about their date’s past relationships on first or second dates.
Avoid interrogating your date about their past experiences. Aim for engaging, conversational dialogue that flows naturally instead of a scripted line of targeted questioning.
It’s easy to instantly start comparing your relationship to other relationships or partners, but it won’t do you any good and will usually have a negative effect. It will upset your current partner, Ray says. Instead, ask yourself these questions: Are you in the relationship to compete with someone else? Are you in this relationship to impress other people? Or are you in the relationship because you like the person you’re dating?
Actions More Than Words
It doesn’t matter if someone is talking about taking trips next year if he or she is unavailable now. In this case, you want to make sure you’re reading actions rather than believing every word that person says. On the flip side, she says when your partner introduces you to family and friends, chances are that this person sees you in their life for the long run.
Be Vulnerable, Even if You’re Afraid
“The thought of being vulnerable is a scary proposition for most people.” She says that it’s how you show your true self at the risk of being hurt. When you date someone new, showing this side can deepen your connection and build trust. “Vulnerability can be a gift to the person who’s wanting to know you on a deeper level,” she explains.
5. Do some financial sleuthing
If you decide to make a purchase, do some digging first. Obtain as much information as you can about the product, prices, return policy, warranties and options for payments, Harris advises.
Chances are you’ll find sales, special offers and payment terms that fit your budget, she said.
Don’t Embellish the Truth or Brag
“Bragging is a huge turnoff for both men and women,” says Ray. It’s not necessary to feel the need to continually impress your partner, especially if they already like you. You can be proud of who you are without listing all of your life’s accomplishments.
Stay in the Moment
Remind yourself that being in a new relationship is a time of discovery and curiosity “To alleviate pressure, remind yourself to stay present and open,” says Syrtash. And this goes for being true to yourself and trusting your gut instinct. It doesn’t matter if someone is perfect on paper if they end up not being the right person for you.
Refrain From Being Needy
“A little bit of jealousy can be considered cute and healthy,” says Ray. “But making demands on your partner of their time and restricting them from doing things they were doing before you started dating is a red flag.” The matchmaker says it’s common for couples who are newly dating to spend a lot of their free time with each other and give up some of their usual time with friends and family. However, avoid constantly texting, calling, or making demands to see your S.O. because you’ll stress them out and may cause them to peddle back.
Don’t Give Up Time With Family or Friends
Ray says that in a new relationship it’s common for couples to drop some of their usual activities and cancel on friends to see their partner. “Remember that attraction is also created by the anticipation of seeing your partner and by creating some distance,” says Ray. “When you always drop everything to be with your new partner, it may set the expectation that your previous commitments are secondary to who you’re dating.” Keep yourself busy and honor your plans with friends as you adjust your schedule in moderation.
Listen and Stay Curious
“Listening is a skill and a communication tool most people don’t do very well,” says Ray. When you give your partner your undivided attention, it allows them to feel both heard and appreciated. When you show curiosity about who they are and what they’re up to, it not only indicates your interest in their life but makes them feel unique and special.