Sometimes it isn’t easy to know if the relationship you’re in is on the right track. Whether it’s a new relationship or one that has been slowly growing over time, you might be asking yourself where it’s going or if the partnership is a healthy one. Many people often find themselves asking these questions while in a relationship, but they aren’t sure if they are overthinking things or simply avoiding red flags.
We will go over some of the best tips to help you understand whether or not the partnership you have with your significant other is going where you hoped it would be.
1. You have discussed your intentions for the relationship.
One of the first serious conversations you should have with your significant other is your intentions for the relationship. Are they just looking for someone to date for the time being? Are they looking for a spouse shortly? Do they want to have kids eventually? If you have been dating someone for a few months and haven’t had this conversation, the time to keep this in mind is now.
One of the most common reasons people break up is because they weren’t clear enough about their intentions early on in the relationship. One person will be ready to get an engagement ring set and settle down, and the other person will be less than ready for that type of commitment. This cannot be very pleasant for both people involved, so it’s a good thing to clear the air early on.
2. You feel comfortable having open and honest communication.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking with your partner about anything and everything, the partnership probably won’t get far. If you ask any long-term married couple about what they think is the most important ingredient for a lasting partnership, they will probably say “communication.” You should feel about your partner as you do as a best friend in life. If you don’t feel comfortable calling them and telling them about any news in your life, whether it’s good or bad, this is probably a red flag that the relationship isn’t in the best shape.
For example, we all go through rough patches in life. Whether you are dealing with a bad mood, anxiety, depression, or just a regular slump, your partner must know how to look after your mental health. If they don’t understand your emotional needs or love language, it will be difficult to get through these challenging times or any mental illness together in a healthy way.
3. You support one another no matter what.
It’s important to support your partner in any endeavor they wish to take on. Whether it’s a new physical fitness routine, business idea, or financial goal, you should want to help one another achieve their dreams and support them along the way. Having compassion and gratitude for their dreams is also an important component.
One of the biggest red flags in a relationship is one person expressing jealousy over their partner achieving their dreams. Whether it’s because their attention is focused elsewhere or they want to have the upper hand in the relationship, it’s toxic to continue a relationship with these types of behaviors.
4. Your feelings for one another continue to grow.
If you don’t find yourself having stronger feelings for your partner as time goes on, especially early on in the relationship, it’s probably not a good sign that things will magically progress in the future. As you get to know each other more, your feelings should gradually grow.
On the other side of the token, if you find that things are progressing very quickly and getting serious fast, it’s most likely a red flag. Some of the most toxic behaviors in relationships include love bombing and co-dependency.
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