By Nathan Yeo

People say that the only perfect relationships that exist are those between a blind woman and a deaf man. He can’t hear her nagging and she can’t see all the mess he creates on those odd occasions when he tries to complete one simple domestic chore.


New relationships can be exhilarating. You’re both feeling the rush of new feelings and enjoying discovering little bits about each other. You can’t keep your hands off each other and it seems there’s never enough time to talk because there’s just so much urgency on the physical side.

The physical and sexual of the relationship seems amazing and you both look forward to the next time you can see each other again.

However, every relationship moves through several stages. The honeymoon inevitably ends and the intense physical attraction and massive rush of adrenaline-fueled infatuation settles down. You’re left with the more comfortable second stage of a relationship.

No matter how well the two of you got along when you first met, when the honeymoon phase ends, you need more than just sexual attraction to hold the relationship together. If the bonds of friendship and trust haven’t formed before this phase ends, you could find your relationship drifting apart through no fault of anybody’s.

While you might initially have been attracted to your partner physically and it may have felt incredibly intense at the time, this is usually not a strong enough emotion to hold a relationship together once those intense feelings fade into a comfortable acceptance.

 Mending the Rift

If you know you’re in the honeymoon phase of a relationship and you feel the routine settling down to something more comfortable, it’s time to work on those communication skills.

Building a bond that goes deeper than physical attraction is about mutual trust and respect. Having common goals and interests will also go a long way to forging a strong bond that can stand the test of time.

It’s important to build a solid foundation based on communication so that you’ll have plenty to relate to each other once the initial honeymoon begins to wane.

Of course, while those intense physical feelings are running so strong, remember to enjoy them. Don’t slow things down too soon and get all deep and meaningful. Let the honeymoon phase happen, but keep it in the back of your mind that it’s not always the strongest foundation to base a long-term future.


While there might seem like there are so many things that could go wrong in any relationship, it’s wise to remember that there are also many things that can go right.

Not every problem you encounter with your partner will be a reason to break up. In fact, many of those problems could be ideal opportunities to strengthen your bonds and renew your love for each other.

Communication and trust are the keys to a healthy, happy relationship. When you each know what the other person wants and expects, you’re both in a position to work towards what keeps each of you happy.

Never be afraid to speak your feelings in a calm, considerate way with your partner. After all, you’re in this relationship too and you have an equal say in how it’s run and what goes on in it.

Remember to compromise some of the time. You’ll both have times where you want different things, but learning to find a happy medium can often lead to new experiences and pleasures you might otherwise have missed out on.

You deserve to be in a happy, loving relationship with a partner who loves and accepts you for the person you are.

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