Casual relationships can turn into a bit of a mess, if you don’t know what you’re doing. Some people are just really bad at communication, and this can lead to some unsavoury consequences down the road if you do not get it right. Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are 5 useful tips that even the most irredeemable serial monogamist can use for navigating a casual relationship successfully.

No PDA at all

Especially if you’re sober. Honestly, holding hands is so much more serious compared to walking together holding each other’s hands. It makes things official and crosses the fine line that separates a serious relationship from a casual one. Going on a fun date is an absolute no-no as well. It is best that you don’t see your casual partner anywhere during the day at all. Ensure that they are completely out of your day-to-day life.

Do not take them on as your plus-one to a wedding or work event

This kind of social activity can cause way too many problems and unwanted stress. When you add this new twist into your casual relationship, you are missing out on the whole point of keeping it casual. When you show up to events with your casual partner, people will associate you together as an actual couple, which can complicate matters even further. Instead, it is best that you keep your partner as far as possible from your family meetings, weddings, and work events.

Introduce your friends to them only in certain special scenarios

While you certainly don’t need to hide your relationship, be selective about the people who get to meet them. If you just met someone on POF then don’t go out with them at an intimate dinner party along with your BFFs, that’s for sure. But if you’re going strip club hopping, that’s great! If the social situation that you’re bringing them along with has more single friends than serious couples, it is safe to tag them along. But don’t ever start including your casual partner for outings with your closest friends or family members – That’s just like declaring yourself to be in a serious relationship!

Don’t visit your favourite spots with your casual partner

While this might seem commonsense, you’ll be surprised at how many people violate this cardinal rule. If you’re young, then coffee shops, bars, and other hangout places that you frequent should be off-limits when you go out with your partner. This is where you head out with your friends or alone. This is your safe space, a place where you can relax and recharge. That’s why you can never bring your casual partner to a place like this. If you do this and decide to call it quits later on, you always run the risk of running into them again at your favorite spots, which need not be a pleasant sight. Keep these places dating-free and sacred and you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble.

Avoid your partner in times of sickness

Sicknesses make you extremely vulnerable. When you get sick, you’re bummed out and weak. All your mind seeks is something warm, fuzzy and comfortable, which can cause a certain level of intimacy if your casual partner is around. And we don’t want that, do we? Keep in mind that once you’ve picked up your partner’s snot-filled tissue balls, or if they’ve done the same for you, things are about to get really complicated.