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How to Prepare for the End of the Honeymoon Stage in Your Relationship

Scared that your relationship is changing? Read and find out how you can prepare for this.
IMAGE IFC Films ART Clare Magno

The beginning of a new relationship can bring unmatched happiness and contentment. It's the time when the lovingly crafted messages are consistently sent and the Instagram couple photos are regularly updated. You can't go a day without seeing each other because you simply can't stand the idea of being apart. You give each other playful kisses and tight hugs, and it doesn't matter if other people see your closeness. Your forehead might as well carry a huge neon sign that reads: "Hey, look at us, we're in looove." It's new. It's exciting. It's all worth remembering.

However, it shouldn't come as a surprise to you that this phase ends.

Every relationship goes through this stage and it's definitely not something that you should be worrying about. The end of the honeymoon phase doesn't necessarily mean that your beau cares less just because you have been together for a while now. Do not take it as a sign that your relationship is doomed.

It's totally okay if the kilig eventually fades and if somewhere along the way, you both outgrow the PDA. It just means that your relationship has become deeper and stronger that you no longer have the need to stay in touch every second.

You don't have to constantly check up on your partner because you have fully developed your trust. You don't have to try so hard to prove your love either because you know that it's not something measured by the number of social media likes your couple photos receive online or the number of heart emojis you send. You know that it's real and it's there—no validation needed.

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Be assured though that the end of the can't-get-enough-of-each-other phase does not mean that you have to stop the sweetness altogether. You can still keep the romance alive but at least this time, you know that it's not the only thing that keeps your relationship from falling apart. It's so easy to get lost in your partner's eyes when everything feels new and exciting. It's only when the reality of life sets in that you get to test your compatibility. And as overwhelming as that sounds, this is arguably the best part. It means that you both have become braver to look past the good parts to come to grips with the unpleasant changes. This part may seem a little chaotic but when you learn how to weather through problems together, your relationship will surely become stronger.

It's only when the reality of life sets in that you get to test your compatibility. And as overwhelming as that sounds, this is arguably the best part. It means that you both have become braver to look past the good parts to come to grips with the unpleasant changes.

Getting out of the relationship bubble is definitely something to be proud of. You will soon realize that those grand gestures that you tried maintaining from the very start are not always practical. Sometimes, a simple good night text after a long day is already enough. It doesn't matter if things have changed because you finally understand that true contentment comes from the little things in life.  The great thing about this stage in your relationship is that you are not just there to experience the blissful times. You're staying despite the uncertainty of the outcome and in the end, that's what ultimately counts.

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