The beginning of a relationship helps to build a foundation for having a healthy relationship in the long run.
That means that the level to which you can get it right at the start of the relationship will determine how successful it may be.
Although this does not mean that you have to have a perfect beginning in a relationship.
All it means is that knowing the proper things to do at the beginning of a relationship will save you from a lot of relationship headaches.
If you don’t have a strong foundation in a relationship, you may keep moving from one relationship to another.
That is why in this article, I highlighted major healthy things to do at the beginning of a relationship.
Things to do at the beginning of a relationship
1. Communicate Often
Communicating as often as you can is something that will help you out at the beginning of a relationship.
So, one beautiful thing you should do when you start a relationship is to communicate frequently.
And, do not just communicate, talk about things that interest your fantasies and that will eventually help you both to build love together.
Because, when you communicate, you get to know a lot about the person, like their schedule, likes, dislikes what they desire, and a quite number of things that will take the relationship to your desired level.
You both should communicate until you get to that level by which you can discern their feelings through the words they speak.
2. Spend Quality Time Together If You Can
Sometimes at the beginning of a relationship, one thing that will help to build intimacy is when you spend quality time together.
Except you just started a long-distance relationship where you both may not get to see each other frequently.
But if you’re not in an LDR then, try your best to spend time together, especially if one of your love languages is quality time.
Doing this will help you communicate physically and as well, will help you both get to know each other more.
3. Be Realistic With Your Expectations
Sometimes, a lot of people go into a relationship with expectations that are not realistic.
If you just starting a relationship, never make unrealistic expectations about what you want in the relationship.
Because you may get disappointed in the long run rather communicate your expectations to them and ask them if they can cope with it.
4. Set Boundaries With Each Other
Setting boundaries at the beginning of a relationship will help you both know what you want and what you don’t.
Because, if you don’t you may soon cross the other party’s boundary when you simply didn’t even know that was a boundary to them.
So, talk about boundaries in the relationship and be careful so you don’t overstep them.
5. Be Open To Learn
Sometimes, getting into a new relationship may soak you with the euphoria of love and feeling and you don’t even get to realize that you’re human and you can make mistakes.
And that is why, you should always be open to learning and as well take to corrections at the beginning of the relationship.
Because it will help you both understand each other.
6. Engage In Fun Activities
At the beginning of a relationship, what you both might just need is to engage in fun activities that will spark up your love life.
In a short moment you both can do stuff like;
- Cook together
- Go out on a date
- Take a walk
- Play games
- Watch a movie together
Doing all these fun activities will help you build the bond that you share with each other.
7. Send Them Gifts
This is another exciting thing to do at the start of a relationship, sending your newfound lover a gift will make them appreciate you more.
Mind you, it doesn’t have to be something to break the bank for, just get them something thoughtful that they will appreciate.
8. Explore Physical Touch
Exploring physical touch in your relationship helps build the bond between both of you.
This is actually far from being physically intimate with each other.
Rather it means trying out giving each other a peck on the forehead, a tight hug, or holding each other hands.
In this little way, you express that you love and care about them.
Things You Shouldn’t Do At The Beginning Of A Relationship
There are a lot of things that you shouldn’t do as well at the emergence of a new relationship, and I’ll be stating them.
1. Do Not Pick Up A Fight At Every Instance
A new relationship may come with a lot of disagreements and different opinions on issues.
And if you’re not careful enough, you may find yourself getting upset and angry at them at the slightest provocation if your thought pattern doesn’t align.
This is actually normal because you both are just getting to know each other and you have different world views.
Nevertheless, you must be careful just so it doesn’t lead to the dissolution of the relationship
And that is why you both must find a pattern to settle your disagreement amicably.
Both of you are liable to have a lot of disagreements in the first few moments of the relationship.
2. Enjoy The Moment, Don’t Get Too Familiar With Family And Friends
You’ll agree with me that the first few moments of a relationship are the cognitive time when you’re both getting to know each other.
You get to know your likes, dislikes and a quite number of other things.
One thing that can jeopardize these moments is when you rush away from these moments by trying y to familiarize yourself with your partner’s friends or family.
Rather, take more time to know them, and channel your energy into loving and learning about them the more rather than wanting to build ties with their loved ones.
I’m not saying building ties with them is wrong, of course not, but with time, you’ll definitely get to know them more.
3. If you can, don’t get sexually intimate
At the beginning of a relationship, you both may be engrossed in love too much that you may want to satisfy your sexual desires.
But, giving each other a pause and not focusing on satisfying your sexual desire will be of great help to your relationship.
This is because it will help you love each other outside the sexual satisfaction of yourselves.
That is, you’ll love them for who they are only and not because of what they have to offer you.
Laying a foundation for a healthy relationship starts with getting it right from the foundation.
And that is why if you want to build a relationship that lasts, there are certain things you should do at the beginning.
I hope you’ve been able to see some of them by yourself.