It’s no secret that no two relationships are the same; each and every couple’s connection works in a different ways. That being said, each and every relationship goes through a selection of distinct stages. This is true for both long distance and ‘normal’ relationships. The truth is, not every stage of being in a relationship is an easy or happy one, and can lead to all sorts of problems. To help you ensure that you are able to navigate successfully through each stage of your relationship, I wanted to share a few pointers with you. Hopefully, these will help your relationship to stand the test of time and go the distance.
Stage 1: The honeymoon
You know that feeling of being so completely and utterly loved up that nothing else matters? Well, that’s known as the honeymoon stage of the relationship. Life is literally all rainbows and butterflies, and if you could, you would spend all of your time with your significant other. You don’t see their faults and nothing about them annoys or upsets you, all you want is to be together forever.
This is the stage that can often be hardest in long distance relationships, as all you want to do is be together. It’s important to remember that even though you ‘love’ your new partner, the world still exists. Make time to see your friends and family, and also, to do the things that you love and enjoy doing.
Stage 2: The ‘finding your footing’
This is also known as the ‘love hangover stage’ because it’s when you wake up and life is no longer a bed of roses. You’ve been with your partner for a while now – anything from a few months to a year or so, and life no longer seems quite so perfect. You start to notice their flaws and little things about then start to bug you.
This tends to be when you start to have your first arguments and may question the relationship. Of all the stages, this is the time when you’re most likely to end things. However, if you learn to love each other for who you are and build a relationship that works for you, your chances of long-term success are high.
Stage 3: The commitment
You’ve made it to the commitment stage, congratulations! If you’ve made it to this stage, the chances are your love is built to last. You and your partner are aware of each other’s shortcomings. You didn’t rush into marriage. And now, you’re in a place where you’re both ready to commit to one and other forever. Maybe he surprised you with a ring, or you may have made the decision together, after stumbling across this James Allen Review. You saw the diamonds and the rings, caught each other’s eyes, and knew that it was time.
You’ve decided that you want to spend the rest of your lives together and have tied the knot or are planning to soon. You know all the good, bad and the ugly things about your partner, and yet, you’ve still chosen to be with them. You’re best friends, have an open and honest relationship, and love each other deeply. You have your fights, but you know how to successfully work through them and move on.
Relationships are all different, but they all have stages that every couple has to work through if they want their love to last. The first two stages are the most common time for a relationship to break down, due to the high amounts of pressure in place. However, if you make it to the third stage, you’re pretty much home free.