How to Bulletproof Your Heart ...

Heartbreak is inevitable. Even though you can't avoid it, you can avoid getting hurt way too often. You just have to adjust your way of thinking about relationships, and remember to always keep one eye open. Here are some of the simplest ways to bulletproof your heart so that you don't end up getting hurt one too many times:

1. Have High Standards

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If you think poorly of yourself, then you're going to settle for any guy that comes along. That's why you need to have confidence and realize that you deserve the very best. While no man is perfect, you should have high standards when it comes to who you decide to date.

2. Don't Become Biased

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Even if the person you've decided to date seems perfect at first, you can't become so enamored by them that you're blind to their flaws as time passes. You need to make sure that your brain doesn't become so clouded by love that you ignore all of the red flags that pop up.

3. Wait to Get Physical

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Having sex can change a relationship. Typically, once you sleep with someone, your feelings for them will deepen. If you know you'd be more upset about breaking up with a guy that you've slept with than someone that has only kissed you, you should wait a while to engage in intercourse. Once you know that he's truly right for you, then you can have all the sex you'd like.

4. Wait to Open up

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It's never fun to lose someone who knows you well. If you're not sure if your current partner is going to stick around, don't open up to him about all of your dark secrets. If you do, and then he leaves you, you're going to be more upset than you originally would've been. Wait until you're serious about your relationship to go into detail about things you don't want anyone else to know.

5. Know What You Want

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If you don't sit down and really think about what type of person you want to be with, you could end up with someone that doesn't fit you at all. When that happens, heartbreak will be on the horizon. That's why you should make it your mission to learn about your wants and needs, so you don't waste your time with a man who isn't right for you.

6. Don't Lie to Him

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Be honest with your partner about what you want from him. Don't mention marriage on the first date, but if you've been together for a while, tell him that you can see a future with him. If he doesn't agree, or if he doesn't want to get married or have children like you do, then you can end the relationship before your feelings for each other deepen.

7. Know the Statistics

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Unfortunately, most relationships fail. You're probably going to date a few boys before you find the one you're going to spend the rest of your life with. If you remember this, hopefully your heart won't hurt as badly when you break up with your first love. Be optimistic by remembering the real one for you will come around eventually.

No matter how hard you try to bulletproof your heart, heartbreak is inevitable. However, you can always avoid getting hurt more often than you need to. What have you done to protect your heart?

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