Relationships are difficult and there is no doubt about it. A relationship that looks happy and successful to the outside world, may have actually gone through a bumpy ride in becoming so.
It involves a lot of compromises, adjustments, and sacrifices. It is only after these that two people are able to finally be in a loving relationship.
In addition, it is important to test one’s relationship every now and then to keep everything in check.
And for this, the couple doesn’t need to live together. Here are some ways to test your relationship without moving in together.
1. Interact with your friends and family
When two people start dating, there are high chances they will cordon themselves off into an isolated bubble. This results in a limited purview of each other. Thus, observe how your partner interacts with each of your friends and family. How they treat them could give you an understanding of how you will be treated in a household setup.
2. Get clear on your values and expectations
Conversations about your values, beliefs, and expectations for your future life together should begin fairly early in a relationship and will get deeper and more detailed as it becomes clearer that a future together is a realistic possibility. The underlying beliefs of your partner may give you an idea of what direction your shared lives will go.
3. Interact in a wide variety of situations
To get to know someone to a greater extent, it’s helpful to see how they personally handle the unexpected and the extent to which you are able to work through difficulties together. Thus, navigate new kinds of experiences and interact with different types of people.
4. Travel together
Travelling can help you see how your significant other handles new people and places and deals with unexpected situations. Also, plotting out a significant trip takes some real effort and is a good chance to see how you work together as a team.