Shira Teichman is a dating coach and the founder of Breakthrough Dating, which offers workshops that aim to help people feel "un-stuck" and empowered as they seek lasting relationships.
She spoke to INSIDER via email about what you should ask yourself when you're taking that next step, whatever it may be.
"If you’re together 24/7 or something close to that, then there’s no way you have the ability to answer that question fairly."Teichman said that all relationships are a constant negotiation of power, and not every decision will result in your preferred outcome.
You shouldn't rely on your partner to make you feel confident and self-assured, but if you entered the relationship feeling that way, the answer to that question can help you assess how your partner has impacted your sense of self.
Knowing what a person likes to do will help when planning outings. Smoking, excessive drinking, or anything else you can think of that can be considered bad habits are things you should be conscious of. If they have any at all you may want to be aware of them just in case your beliefs clash. Everyone has something that turns them completely off!
Whether it's becoming exclusive, living together, or putting a ring on it, moving ahead in your relationship can be both exciting and daunting.
How did we get into this mess, and how can we avoid it next time? Boundaries are crucial on a first date, which is why it’s important to use the opportunity to gather information.
Setting Boundaries Starts With Good Questions Imagine having a fence around your garden with a locked gate. Once you know more about someone, you can decide if they’ll be allowed to enter your emotional space.