Entering the world of dating can be one of the most exciting things that you can do. There’s a whole ocean of possibilities and new experiences, and it’s so easy to get swept away. But, before you do, you should think about your support system.
What is a support system? Well, being completely consumed by whoever you’re dating isn’t very healthy. Yes, you should prioritize them, but make sure to carve out room for yourself and your support system.
Consider Your Mental Health
It’s been said that if you aren’t happy as a single person, then you won’t be happy in a couple. While it can seem as though being in a relationship will solve your problems, it can add to them as well. Suddenly you have another person to consider. Yes, they can give you support and love, but you need to be there for them as well.
For some people, therapy is a great way to make sure that they’re in the right place to start a serious relationship. Yes, things happen and people fall in love, but try not to get carried away without making sure that you have the mental and emotional tools to cope if things get hard.
Your Friends and Family
Your friends and family can be wonderful sources of support and encouragement. Sometimes, it gets easy to neglect these relationships without realizing it. After all, you’re in a new and exciting relationship and you want to spend as much time with them as possible.
However, while your friends and family might understand if you start to prioritize someone new a little more, you shouldn’t leave them in the dust. It’s better for both of you to have relationships outside of whoever you’re dating and to have some time apart.
It’s nice to introduce your friends and family to whoever you’re dating. Group activities and meals are a great way for you to all bond some more. Besides, if both your friend group and your parents approve, then you know that you’ve made a good choice.
Also, as difficult as it is to think of, not all relationships are successful. Heartbreak is an unfortunate part of many relationships, and it’s a painful experience that nobody should go through alone. If your relationship comes to an unpleasant end, you will want your friends and family nearby to help you through it.
Other Sources of Support
One of the best sources of support is yourself, as strange as it sounds. Keeping up with your self-care routine is the best way to feel good, whether you’re in a relationship or not. Treasure whatever time you have to yourself and don’t sacrifice it all. Keep up with hobbies and keep yourself healthy.
Another way to find support and good advice is to read blogs like this one or listen to podcasts like the Just Dating podcast. You can hear other people’s experiences and learn from their mistakes, which can save you from making them yourself.
Just remember that dating is meant to be something that you enjoy, it doesn’t have to be dramatic and it shouldn’t be painful for anyone.