Have you and your partner ever been given one of those nicknames like “Brangelina” or “Bennifer”? If so, it may be because you are spending too much time together. When you are in a relationship, it is very easy to lose touch with the friends you had before, and without meaning to, you have alienated the people you used to always be with. While it is perfectly normal to go through the “can’t get enough of each other phase”, you need to remember that your new partner is not the only person in your life. Taking some time away from your partner to be with your friends is very important for a relationship, and here’s why:
Taking time away from your partner means you get to keep your friends
This is one of the most important reasons to take time away from your partner. Being ditched by your friends in favour of a relationship is not cool. Don’t fall into the trap. Your friends were there for you before you met your new partner, and if you want them to be around if the relationship goes wrong, you can’t take them for granted.
Taking time away from your partner prevents you getting sick of each other
Some relationships begin in a whirl of passion. You spend every minute entwined together. But once the heat dies down, you may realize that you have spent so much time together, you have lost interest in each other. Although it is hard to step away in the early stages of a relationship, taking time out from your partner is important because it allows you to assess how things are going without the distraction of periodic groping.
Taking time away from your partner allows you some time for yourself
No matter how much we love our partners, we all need to have some alone time. Read a book, go shopping, see a movie. All of these things are activities that can be done alone and they only serve to strengthen your relationship, not weaken it. After all, how will you ever get a chance to miss your partner if you are always stuck to their side?
Taking time away from your partner is just plain healthy
Tying together all of the above points leads to an all round healthier relationship. It is dangerous to put everything you have and everything you are into one person. Taking time away from your partner means that you both get some room to breathe, and to develop your interests and friendships outside of your relationship. Don’t make the mistake of alienating yourself from the things you used to love.