When you first get into a new relationship, it can be totally natural to feel like you want to spend a lot of time together. You can feel like you're in your own little bubble and that it's a really amazing and intoxicating place to be. But at some point, life sets back in. You get back to your own routines, your own rhythms — and that can mean spending a lot more time apart. Although everyone needs alone time, if your partner needs more alone time than you do it might feel like something's wrong.
Don't panic — instead, try to remember that alone time is totally natural. "There is nothing inherently wrong with alone time," Joanna Townsend, a life coach and a Washington D.C.-based psychotherapist for Blush Online Life Coaching, tells Bustle. "Alone time is healthy, particularly in relationships. It's imperative for recharging, re-centering, connecting with oneself, and being able to show up to the relationship fully." It can be a really useful tool in a relationship. But of course, too much alone time can be a sign that you're drifting apart or that your partner isn't happy. So how can you tell if your partner's alone time is natural or whether it's a threat to your relationship? Here's how you know it's OK, according to experts.