How to Know When It's time to Take a Break from a Relationship

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Whether it’s the bond between someone you love or someone you barely know, the stigma around the term "break" has recently become very heavy. The fear that breaks turn into permanent distance adds additional weight to this concept, but I believe that sometimes breaks can be healthy. Whether it's a day, week, month, or lifetime, stepping away from someone or something is sometimes the healthiest option for all parties involved. This isn't to undermine the concept of finding growth in a relationship and learning to adapt to the many struggles that life so willingly throws at you. 

There is no question that there is a difference between a break and breakup, but every individual has found a way to tailor these terms to their situation. Basically, our society is doing an outstanding job of fostering ideas about self-growth, but the bottom line is that there are so many reasons why people decide to go their separate ways. Whether, it's your decision to prioritize yourself or the that fact a relationship brings you too much negative energy, I believe that it is time to take a break from a relationship when it is the healthiest decision available. Coming to this decision has and never will be easy but respecting the health of yourself and the person you have a relationship with is ultimately the most important thing. Far too often people decide to stay in a relationship for every reason, but their personal needs and it is time to find the balance between personal happiness and generosity. When it's all said and done, it is time to take a break from a relationship with the cons outweigh the pros and you have asked yourself: "Does this relationship bring me to my fullest potential or allow me to express who I truly want to be?". Finding growth with a partner is a beautiful thing but sometimes all the reasons you believe you should stay is the reasons you should leave. The fear of hurting someone you have loved for far too long is one the hardest things to fathom but sometimes room to breath, allows room for growth. Taking into account your feelings and the feelings of others requires you to find the balance between overthinking a consideration, which will never be easy. When deciding what is the best option for all parties, I believe that one of the most important things to consider is the long-term happiness of everyone involved, even if the immediate result is undesirable. 

Now, too not lose to emphasis on the word break, it is important to realize that love and understanding can survive this dreaded term. Breaks can grow into the feared eternity but there is no rule that says it has to. Additionally, I would like to emphasize the importance of not pushing someone out of your life and cutting ties with people who really want the best for you. Having a reliable team of support is one of the most important things you could have in life, so please don’t forget to appreciate these blessings. But ultimately, if you were to strive for anything in life, I highly recommend striving for a life where you love yourself and surround yourself with people that will benefit you in the long run. Having an honest, and I highly emphasize the word honest, reflection of the energy in your life can be painful but refreshing. I say it’s time to listen to the tough love and allow people to help shape you into your authentic self, but to also remove the toxic energy.