Continue to do what you love so you can grow a life outside of your relationship. “You can have your own passions and your own life, but from time to time it’s nice to share these things with your partner,” says Opperman

Understand Co-Dependence Isn’t Cool

Sometimes, two halves make a whole. But in the context of a relationship? Not so much. Two wholes make a whole.

If you have a SO, you might them your best friend. You tell them all your worries, go to events with them, and spend hours watching Netflix together. But even if the both of you hang out all the time, it’s important to be independent in a romantic relationship, too. Being in a relationship doesn’t mean you have to be co-dependent. Healthy relationships are about two independent people who decide to share their lives and build a relationship together.

Try to talk with your partner about how you impact each other.

No one is a mind reader. And some people aren’t very good at knowing how their behavior affects other people. So you need to tell each other. Not only the negative impacts, but the positive as well. If you want your partner to change something, gently ask without criticism. If you think your partner is awesome, tell them. Thank them. Keep the lines open.

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