Absence Makes The Heart Less B*tchy

There comes a point in every girl’s relationship when her boyfriend says those three little words she wasn't quite expecting to hear: “I’m going camping.”  Even if your man has never set foot in the sticks, there will be something that urges him to take a long weekend with his guy friends and head to the country with a pair of boots and a trunk full of camping equipment.  Don’t take it personally. Men need their mountain time — their own space to be alone with their thoughts, eat shitloads of burnt veggie burgers, and get filthy. Consider this a blessing in bug spray-soaked disguise.

You’ll have alone time at last, and that’s a great thing for your relationship. Don’t believe me? Here are 9 reasons why you need this time to yourself.

You need your me-time routine.

Sure you can pop your zits, cut your cuticles, and wax your upper lip in front of him. Go right ahead. But it's more satisfying to attack your lady parts with a lady Bic in total, utter solitude. Do you smell that? That's the scent of your sweet, sweet three-hour peroxide-based teeth whitening kit burning off a layer of plaque — alone.

You need to remind yourself that you're not roommates.

When you've been living together for an extended period of time, your relationship's original heat and spice has a way of turning to matters like paying the heating bills and adjusting the spice rack. Do not succumb to the boring roommates blahs! Let the dishes pile up! Enjoy his absence as a way of regaining your space and reestablishing your relationship.

You need to spend more time with your friends.

Let him hang out with the guys — you probably need some time with your buddies you haven't seen in a while. Call up your old, platonic guys from college you haven't seen in years. Phone your best friend from your last job, the one you keep promising to get lunch with. Text your besties for a wild bar night. You'll both have more fun knowing that you're having a great time with friends.

You need to move on from that fight.

Couples often have the same arguments over and over again. Use his absence to get over that feud that's been bugging you. It's like making him sleep on the couch, but without that same old fight. You desserve some time apart to blow off steam with no hard feelings.

You need to feel like you're single again.

The grass is sometimes greener on the other side. Get a good look at the grass — seriously, get your face up and close to that greenery so you can really check it out. Go out with your girlfriends and let a guy or two hit on you. A cheap thrill, sure, but hopefully you'll find yourself missing your man more than a missed connection.

You need to do everything you suppress while he's around.

Generally, you're respectful about vegetarianism. Sure, you eat meat, but you'd never go out of your way to rub it in his face. But while he's gone you can feel free to get indulge. So make an eat a whole ketchup smeared meatloaf. Suck down two liters of soda. Bathe in a tub of Cheetos. No one will be around to hide your farts from.

You need to be alone.

Between your job, your friends, your family, your pet and your relationship, you're never really alone anymore. Your iPhone is always glued to your hand and you have an unholy obsession with reality tv. Use this time apart to unplug and give yourself a break from everyone and everything. Take a bath. Be quiet. Go for a walk. It's amazing what a little quiet time can do for your own well-being.

You need to crave sex.

Even a short abstinence policy is a surefire way to boost your sex drive. Although it's self-imposed by his absence, you'll quickly begin to yearn for the little touch points you share throughout the day, like pecks on the cheek and hand holding. By the time he comes home, you'll be racing into his arms and under the sheets.

You need to miss him.

Yes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. People always want what they can't have, and that feeling wanting is so, so important. Remember when you first started dating and you waited for that first text, that first email, and that first call? Do yourself a favor and stop texting, stop emailing, stop calling, and take some down time. It will make you both miss each other, and that's a beautiful thing to come home to.

{Source: The Gloss}