If you’re in a serious, long-term relationship, consider couples counseling.
It’s a crucial moment in the relationship, so be sensitive and do not judge.
He starts to worry you don’t like him as much as he likes you because you don’t send the first text as often as he does.
The anxiety intensifies and he begins to believe you might never chat with him if he didn’t reach out first.
Someone with anxiety can react to relationship stress with a fight-or-flight response, as if the stress were a physical attack.
Sometimes anxious thoughts motivate your partner to act in ways that stress you out and strain the relationship.
Maybe you’ll reach out to him a few times until he feels good knowing you would make the effort.