Ending a relationship can be really hard, especially if you know it has to be done. But sometimes, we don’t see it coming because we don’t notice the signs beforehand telling us to “get out of there.” Even worse is after the breakup, when you question yourself with, “What could have gone wrong?” and “How could I have missed the signs?” A good way to avoid this is to address the problems you see as they come, especially if they are continuously happening. Keep these signs in mind if you feel any uncertainty:
1. Constant arguing
Becoming short-tempered with each other is a sign that the relationship is going downhill. This could be a cause of lack of communication with one another. It gets worse when you can’t resolve the conflicts, and you begin not to care anymore. Maybe it’s time for serious self-reflection to see if you really want to be in the relationship or not.
2. Not having fun when you go out
Going out with your partner should be fun and the time to and learn new things about each other. But, if you find yourself at dinner and on your phones the whole time, then your relationship isn’t working out. You should have each other’s full, undivided attention.
If you start doubting the trust you have with your partner, you need to have a talk ASAP. Don’t go searching to try and find something on your own, because you will only frustrate yourself. Have a talk with your partner to clarify everything.
4. No respect
Although this is terrible to go through, if you find your partner disrespecting you in any way, alone, or in public, then it is definitely time to break up. Relationships should be built off of mutual love, trust, and respect.
5. You’d rather stay out with your friends and you’re okay with that
When you’re in a relationship, you should want to spend time with your partner. Of course it is okay to have a girls/guys night out, but when that is the only thing you are looking forward to, use that as a sign that something is wrong.
6. Come up with excuses not to hang out
It’s bad enough that you’re okay with being with your friends over your partner, but when you start making excuses to not be with them, maybe you should cut it off for good.
7. You can no longer see your future together
Sometimes things can be going well within your relationship, but if you have different goals, you need to have a serious talk. For example, when people attend weddings or watch couples on television, they try to envision themselves in that situation with their significant other. If you can’t see that happening, it may be time to make some changes.
8. Less affectionate
Showing affection is a way to show your love. These are things such as hugging, kissing, and holding hands. But if you stop doing these things and even stop saying “I love you,” then a break up is on its way.
9. You disagree on key life choices
This is something important to think about early in the relationship. The majority of the time, people don’t change - especially their life goals. So hear out each other’s plans early to see if that works for you. You definitely don’t want to have this argument late into the relationship, otherwise you’ll run into problems.
10. You “think” about breaking up
If breaking up crosses your mind, then that means you are having doubts - not a good sign. Do something about it now, instead of regretting it later.
Breaking up is hard, but it’s better to not be in a relationship than to be stressed out in one.