Open relationships aren’t for everyone, but for a select few. They are a perfect way to revamp a romantic or sexual connection — as long as those open relationships are navigated in a healthy way – and a good form of a rebound.
What really is an ‘open relationship’?
According to full-time relationship expert, an open relationship is essentially one in which the two people involved have agreed to engage in a romantic and/or intimate relationship outside of their primary romantic relationship.
What this means is that the relationship is devoid of exclusivity. It can also be viewed being friends with benefit with someone. For some, it is a preferred source of relationship. To engage in this form, there are a few things to consider.
The first thing to do before agreeing to be in an open relationship is to know your level of tolerance. If you have a low tolerance level, it will be hard to adapt to such a way of co-existing with another person in which intimacy is allowed with other people. But if the opposite is the case, then you are good to go!
It is also important to have a conversation outlining the expectations from both ends and how best you both want to handle it, set rules or boundaries without sentiments or emotional attachment. Both of you need to know what is cool (or not), and definitely need to be on the same page at all times.
Considering being in an open relationship is not a bad idea or advice to be given; it gives both parties, peace of mind. There’s a mutual understanding between both parties, nobody gets worried about infidelity, you nurture an interesting friendship and get to see love and relationship from a whole new perspective.