7 Reasons Why It's Okay if You Haven't Been in a Relationship Yet ...

I spent a lot of years thinking of all the reasons why I hadn't yet had a relationship, and I think worrying about why you haven’t been in a relationship yet is actually really common.

A lot of the people I went to school with had been dating since they were 13.

I didn't get my first boyfriend until I was 18 - that's a significant difference, and a whole lot of time spent worrying.

There can be so much pressure on you at school, from friends, other classmates, all the magazines and TV programmes where the women seem to date pretty much as soon as they've got their first training bra - but there are so many reasons why you shouldn't worry if you haven't been in a relationship yet.

1. Who Cares if Other People Are Doing It?

One of the main reasons people worry if they haven’t been in a relationship is because it can feel like everyone else is, was or got close to it.

Looking back now, I realise that I was by no means the only person left at my school who hadn't had a boyfriend;

I just worried about it often enough so that was how it felt.

Try to get some perspective - there's absolutely no way you're the only one who isn't 'normal.' And those that do have relationships?

Who cares?

You don't have to do something just because it’s what other people are doing - TRUST ME.