A new romance is always thrilling and exciting and most of the times it can develop into a beautiful relationship. However, it often happens that for some reason or another, we feel that we are moving way too fast – we are either not ready for a long term commitment, or our relationship has become too demanding. At that moment we desperately need to step back, catch our breath, and start a slower dating pace. Read further to discover some important tips on slowing down a relationship, without losing or hurting your partner.
The first step to having a satisfying relationship is being mature, honest and capable of understanding yourself and your feelings. Only then, you will be able to lead a life you desire, without hurting people around you.
Don’t be frightened to be honest, and don’t let too much time pass before starting to change what you don’t like. Determine immediately why you want to slow down your relationship. Perhaps you don’t feel attracted to him as much as before, or you’ve discovered that you are not compatible at all. Or perhaps you think that he is too clingy and that he doesn’t respect you as much as he should! Or is it you? Are you too scared of letting yourself go?
Whatever the reason may be, don’t prolong your decision to take a slower approach – find strength to do it and do not think about sparing his feelings. Be as honest as you can. That’s respect. And besides, there’s absolutely nothing wrong in slowing down a relationship.
Don’t spend all of your time with him. This is not important just for slowing down a relationship, but also for maintaining your integrity. Even if you live with someone, you should never forget to maintain your privacy, see your friends and lead your own life, besides the one that you have with your partner.
Never forget to always respect your personal needs and desires.
Following the above mentioned advices and establishing a few relationship boundaries, can be of great help in slowing down your dating routine.
Here are a few suggestions on how to do it:
Once you’ve determined that you want to slow down your relationship, don’t let ambiguity stand in your way and don’t second guess yourself. Stick with your decision. If you don’t do so, you will only hurt him.
Sending mixed signals would not be fair at all, as it could make the situation just more confusing and hurt his feelings. Playing with someone’s emotions is dangerous, disrespectful and extremely selfish.
If your partner notices changes in your attitude and understands that you are trying to slow down the relationship, allow discussion and talk to him.
Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.
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