9 Unexpected Relationship Rules To Live By After One Year If You Want It To Last

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Making it to your one year anniversary is a major feat, and can say a lot about the strength of your relationship. But if you're looking forward to many more anniversaries to come, experts say there are certain relationship rules to follow and consider living by to keep things strong.

If you're thinking relationship rules seem a bit rigid or harsh, just think of it more like having standards within your relationship. "We all have to know our bottom line and what we will and will not accept in a relationship," Dr. Lori Whatley, licensed marriage and family therapist, tells Bustle. "Sharing them with our partner helps to ensure we are both on the same page and there are no hidden expectations."

The best time to set these rules is after you've made it through one year together. It's long enough to establish a commitment to each other, but early enough to create healthy relationship patterns. According to Dr. Whatley, that's when things begin to shift. "You start to 'do life' together without so much of the chemical impact of love," she says.

When you're no longer living in your honeymoon period daze, you'll quickly realize that relationships take work. Having rules or standards in place is just part of that as it "helps us to not take a wrong turn and gives us a map for the relationship moving forward," Dr. Whatley says. So if you want your relationship to last, here are some essential "rules" you should try after your first year together.