There’s no feeling that compares to knowing that you’re slowly but surely falling in love with a man who seems to have it all. You start to get used to his quirks, he starts to get used to yours, and the more dates you go on together, the more attached to each other that you get, so much so that you can often forget that your relationship is not the only thing in your life.
No matter how much you’d like to get away from it all for the sake of your newly found lover, it’s important to remember that you still have other responsibilities too, and here are 5 things that you should under no circumstances do when you start feeling like butterflies have taken up residence in your stomach. Enjoy!
Unprotected sex is so damn overrated
In know this may seem like a no brainer, but you should by no means have unprotected sex with a man you’ve only known for a relatively short time. Yeah, I guess sometimes, the most useful truths are also the most obvious. Regardless of how trustworthy a guy may seem, you need to keep in mind that unwanted pregnancies and STDs are rarely – if ever – a fun thing. Make sure you always have a few condoms on hand, and don’t ever put off taking your birth control pills if you want them to be at their most effective.
Your friends have always been there for you, so why don’t you do the same?
When you’re in love, it can be very easy to focus on your boyfriend and forget about the girlfriends that have been with you through thick and thin until that point. Don’t take your squad for granted, because they do care a lot about you and if things don’t work out between you and your new lover, they’re definitely going to offer you a shoulder to cry on – unless you act like an inconsiderate little brat while bae is around. Anyway, you get the idea: you need to show your girls that they are still an important part of your life, not because you’ll need them later on, but because they’re your friends, which makes them worth it.
Keep your home clean at all times, because clutter ain’t gonna do you any good
When you’re being swept off your feet, your desire to do housework goes down at the fastest rate possible. You would obviously want to get involved in more glamorous activities, and you know what? I totally get you. I really do! I’d much rather buy evening gowns and spend the entire day at the spa than scrub the toilet and do laundry, but experience has taught me that in order to have a clear mind, you need to live in an organized environment. Your peach of mind begins with the order and the cleanliness of your house, so don’t ever disregard this kind of stuff!
You know that being in love doesn’t cancel out the need for a job, right?
All those butterflies in your stomach can indeed make your pretty euphoric, and believe me, I am fully aware that cuddling your boyfriend is a preferable activity to sitting in front of the computer in your office for eight hours straight. You should bear in mind, though, that sacrificing your career for the sake of love isn’t usually the best thing to do, especially at a young age. You have most likely worked your ass off to make it this far, so don’t blow your chances of climbing up the career ladder even further for something that may even not work out in the long run. Hopefully, it does, but it’s always good to have a steady source of income to fall back on in case of trouble.
Texts and social media are too distracting, so forget about them
In the early stages of a relationship, men and women alike tend to spend waaay too much time waiting for a text, overanalysing another and stalking their date on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and so on and so forth. However, they seem not to realize that this sort of activities are not only time consuming, but also pointless, to a certain degree. Instead of worrying all day long about the next thing he’s going to test you – or asking yourself if he’s going to text at all – turn off your notifications and check your text messages into evening. Or you can always ask the man you’re dating to contact you through regular phone calls – if you can take this, of course. You’ll certainly give off some mysterious, old school vibes!
It’s a well known fact that every single one of us is different, so we may obviously react to a changed relationship status differently. However, butterflies in the stomach feel the same for each of us, and we tend to do the same crazy kind of stuff every time. But hey, at least now you know what to avoid when you’re in love. Best of luck!