Every relationship is different and we all find unique ways to love our partner and live a rich life. And sometimes, that means partaking in an open relationship where the individuals are permitted to date other people at the same time. However, it can definitely be difficult to handle so you must be aware of the pitfalls ahead and avoid them. We’ve compiled a list of tips in order to make the most out of your open relationship:
For an open relationship to work you must be honest with your partner. It is of the utmost importance. We all get jealous, however you must balance it out with honesty and a deep bond of trust with your loving partner. Without honesty, you will breed jealousy. Communication is the backbone of a healthy relationship. If you communicate your issues before they fester it will allow you to better handle any potential issues down the road.
You must manage jealousy, and the best way to do so is by talking with your partner honestly and openly. This is an open relationship after all, but everyone can still get jealous and this is perfectly normal. However, it is important to find ways to overcome these feelings when they come up. A good way to handle this is having a healthy social life outside of your partner. Enjoy time with friends and learn new hobbies. Manage your time and you will manage jealousy. It tends to come from fear and the best way to handle fear is keep yourself busy and distracted.
Don’t Make Things Worse.
I know what you’re thinking, “I’m just going to go on Facebook and see what she’s been up to…” Don’t! Stay off Facebook and don’t stalk your partner on social media. It’s not cool and you will just torture yourself. Stay away! Don’t dwell. If you dwell on your feelings of fear or jealousy, you will drive yourself nuts. And for what? Nothing. You are doing it all for nothing besides curiosity. You don’t need to know, and if you do feel the need, you can go straight to the source. Ask your partner and he/she will respond honestly because you have a beautiful, open, healthy relationship built on love and respect.
Talk About It.
If you’re still bothered by something, you need to feel comfortable talking to your partner. Remember, if you can’t be open and honest with your partner, you can’t be open with your relationship.
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