Know EXACTLY when it’s time to say “I Love You” – They’re just three little words, but they mean a LOT. Saying “I love you” is hard. It’s not because those three words are particularly difficult when tripping across the tongue. I mean, the whole sentence is literally just three syllables.
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So why does it leave us in such an utter panic, making it feel like butterflies are clog dancing on our bowels?
Because when you open yourself up enough to say “I love you” for the first time, you’re opening yourself up to the potential to be hurt.
There will seldom be another moment where you feel as vulnerable as you do when you tell someone that you love them for the first time.
We can’t magically remove all of the nervous anxiety that comes with telling someone you love them for the first time, but we CAN make it a little bit easier.
Here are three ways to know when it’s the right time to say “I love you.”
1. When you’ve made the relationship exclusive and official.
If you have been dating a man for a month, and you think he’s not dating other people, and you really want to officially be his girlfriend, DO NOT just randomly announce that you love him.
You might genuinely feel that way! Heck, he might genuinely be in love with you too.
But if you tell him you love him before the two of you have actually determined what the nature of your relationship is going to be, then instead of being a loving gesture of goodwill, telling him “I love you” can actually just feel like an inordinate amount of pressure to put on him.
If you know you love him, wait until you have established that you are in a long term relationship to tell him so.
Talk about where you two stand, make sure that you are both exclusive and officially involved.
Once that pressure has been lifted from the relationship he’ll be able to hear you say “I love you” without worrying that you’re just saying it to trick him into committing to you sooner than he may be ready to do so.