Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - RELATIONSHIPS -

“It’s im­por­tant to main­tain your own iden­tity in a re­la­tion­ship,” McCormack says. “Spend­ing time apart gives you a sup­port sys­tem other than your part­ner. It also gives you some­thing to talk about. Go­ing out sep­a­rately oc­ca­sion­ally can pre­vent you tak­ing each other for granted.”

Do it by: Pre­sent­ing it to your part­ner in a pos­i­tive way. “Say, ‘I love com­ing home to you af­ter a night out,’” sug­gests McCormack. “This makes spend­ing time apart a non­threat­en­ing is­sue.”

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