New relationships are exciting, aren’t they? You’ve just met someone new, you both seem to like each other, and have incredible chemistry. You love spending time together and going on dates. As well as staying in and chilling out at home. You love everything about spending time with each other. Of course, while those first few months of a new relationship tend to be mainly happy ones, there are also a few downs to seeing someone new. Some of which can be awkward and embarrassing to deal with, such as having the dreaded talk about whether or not you’re ‘exclusive.’
With that in mind, below is a list of the ups and downs to being in a new relationship, and how to deal with them. (Because even the ups can sometimes be hard to know how to deal with…)

Up: You have a date for social occasions

A major upside to being in a new relationship is that you now have a date for all manner of social occasions. From group dinner to group holidays, you’ve now got someone to take along with you. However, it’s important to ensure that by including your boyfriend in things like this, you don’t end up neglecting your friends. Getting the balance right can be a struggle at first. The best thing to do is alternate – one time take your boyfriend, the next take your best friend. That way, no one ends up feeling left out.

Down: Awkward conversations

One of the downsides of being in a new relationship is awkward conversations. There are some things that are just no fun to talk about, like working out what exactly you and your new beau are to each other. Are you boyfriend and girlfriend? Are you simply seeing each other – does this mean you’re exclusive? It’s a complex conversation to have. Then there’s contraception to discuss, something that can be a little awkward. Choosing a method of contraception should be something that you talk about together. After all, it’s not just your responsibility; it should be something you decide together. Say, for instance, Yasmin contraceptive pill is your method of choice, it’s important to discuss it as a couple. Just to ensure that you’re both aware of the choice that you’re making.

Up: Someone to watch Netflix marathons with

If you’re someone who is obsessed with Netflix, you’ll probably be pleased to have someone to watch Netflix marathons with. Whether you’re crazy about a certain series or just love watching movies, having someone to share that time with can be nice.

Down: Having to schedule your time

As mentioned above, when it comes to starting a relationship, you need to learn to balance your time, so that no one feels excluded. To do this, scheduling your time can be a good idea. This means splitting your time, to ensure that you don’t exclude anyone. The last thing you want to do is spend all of your time with your new beau and alienate your friends and family.

New relationships are full of ups and downs, and that’s perfectly normal. There are always going to be ups and downs, what’s important is how you work through them.