With Valentine's Day right around the corner, most couples are running around planning the perfect celebration filled with fun, intimacy, and love. While some are busy ‘adding to cart’, others are making reservations for a dreamy dinner date. But what about couples in a casual relationship? Should they ask their partner out on a date? Or is it too soon? To do or not to do, that is the question that our relationship expert and counsellor answers for us today.
Communication eliminates the pressure
In any case, it’s extremely important to let your partner know about the intent of this date. Without clearly communicating your intentions, spending the day can be misleading or confusing. Are you hanging out or going on random dates? What does a date on Valentine’s Day mean to you? Ask yourself if the only reason you're going on a date with them is because you don’t have anyone to spend the day with. Whatever you choose to do on that day should depend entirely on mutual feelings and whether or not it feels like the right step for your relationship.
Why it’s a good idea
Why it’s not
What happens after the date?
Partners in a casual relationship might have decided to have a nice romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, but did the date go as per their expectations or did they realise it’s best to keep things casual? What happens at the end of the date and how it makes them feel for the other person, is something that needs to be communicated so that there aren’t any problems going ahead.
Inputs by Mehezabin Dordi, clinical psychologist, Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai, and Anuradha Gupta, Founder and CEO of Vows for Eternity