Be honest, if your partner told you, “I think it’s best if we take a break” you’d probably interpret that as “this relationship is over.” Relationship breaks are typically precursors for breakups – at least that’s how they’re perceived in the modern era of dating but there’s actually tremendous potential for “individual growth, healing and a reevaluation of shared goals for the relationship.”
Breaks can be helpful when we need to reflect on our relationship – where it going, why we’re in it, and how it’s benefiting us. Creating distance (physical and emotional) can…
- Make things clearer
- Teach you independence
- Allow you to be selfish and pursue dreams of your own
- Steer a relationship back on track
Some say that some much-needed time away has made their relationship stronger. 36-year-old Kelly said, “We could have remained together and slowly let the relationship fall into resentment. Instead, the time apart made us a far better couple in the long run.”
Here are some tips if you and your partner decide to take a break:
- Make sure both parties are aware of why the break is happening.
- Set clear boundaries and guidelines for communication from the start. Also, decide if you’re going to be seeing each people or not
- Understand that a break could end in two different ways – you end up back together or you break up for good.