Expert dating advice
With that being said, we asked both experts to divulge the biggest pieces of new relationship advice they give to their clients so they can actually enjoy this period of getting to know each other (and spend less time stressing).
"A big mistake people make when dating someone new is to bring all of their fears, concerns, and past negative relationship experiences to their current relationship," says Ray.
"It's not necessary to feel the need to continually impress your partner, especially if they already like you." You can be proud of who you are without listing all of your life's accomplishments.
“Human connection specialist” and relationship expert Mark Groves uses his @createthelove Instagram feed to dish out encouragement on how to love yourself and others.It's easy to instantly start comparing your relationship or your partner to other relationships or partners, but it won't do you any good and it will upset your partner, Ray says.She says to ask yourself these questions: Are you in the relationship to compete with someone else?She says that it's how you show your true self, at the risk of being hurt.When you date someone new, showing this side can deepen your connection and build trust.
"When you always drop everything to be with your new partner, it may set the expectation that your previous commitments are secondary to who you're dating." She says to keep yourself busy and honor your plans with friends as you adjust your schedule in moderation.