We all want a healthy dating relationship. But what does a healthy dating life look like practically in our lives as single Catholic men and women?
If you’re looking for some practical things to focus on when it comes to building a healthy Catholic dating relationship, here are three things to get you started.
1. A healthy dating relationship starts with a healthy YOU
The second greatest commandment is that “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you don’t love yourself, it will be incredibly challenging to love your neighbor, which includes the person you’re dating.
If you’re not healthy, it will be a challenge to enter into a Catholic dating relationship in a healthy way.
Having a healthy relationship with yourself impacts everything from your physical health to your mental health and everything in-between.
This does not mean that if you have health issues you should stop dating. We’ll never be in perfect health, since there are so many ways to continue to dive deeper into a healthy lifestyle. However, if there is something you can do to improve your physical, mental, or spiritual health, then that needs to be a priority in building your healthy dating life.
2. Healthy relationships are enjoyable
Are you stressed out about whether she will text back? Does the worry of when he’ll call cause you so much anxiety that you can’t focus on anything else? Chances are, you’re putting too much pressure on your dating relationships. After all, remember that dating is meant to be fun and enjoyable.
Too often we measure the success of a dating life by the end results and get frustrated. Instead of focusing on finding someone special with a certain amount of time, strive for joy in the relationships you do have.
If you struggle to surrender your expectations and dreams, try praying one of these three prayers to help you trust in the will of God when it comes to your love life.
3. Healthy dating relationships start with dates
Too often when it comes to Catholic dating, we can fall into the trap of having a lot of talk with not too much action to back it up.
If you want to have a healthy dating life, a good place to start is by having a dating life. Go on dates with other single Catholics! The regularity keeps dating comfortable and makes it a part of life rather than a disrupter of life.
Going out on dates regularly also can help you keep your expectations realistic. If the Lord is calling you to the vocation of marriage, you discern that vocation by going on dates with other single men or women!
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