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Relationship: What Does A “Break” Really Mean?

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There are times in couple conflict when we feel overwhelmed with emotion and find it hard to think clearly. Sometimes anger gets the better of us or we get tired. Sometimes, we say things that we later wish we had not said or we end up keeping quiet because we have too much things to say. During such times, we may lose sight of our own responsibility and focus on what is wrong with our partner. The more we try to address the problem, the worse things get. One oft-mentioned antidote to this situation is to take a break.Many of us try our hardest to avoid breaks, mainly because we fear ‘let’s have a break’ really means ‘it’s over’. And true, a break is often the gentler (or more cowardly) way to begin the process of unravelling a relationship. But if you’re intent on fixing your relationship, no matter what the issue, a break could actually be just what you need.What people fail to realise is that when your partner asks to take a break, they don’t mean exactly a break from YOU. Not entirely. It also gives two partners in the relationship the opportunity to have their own space for a while. Here are 5 advantages to taking a break when your relationship gets tough.1. It will give you a chance to calm down, and focus on the things that really matter.
There’s no hastier decision than a decision made while angry or frustrated. Allowing yourself to become cool and collected will enable you to think more clearly, without making a decision you may soon come to regret.
2. You’ll recognise your own mistakes, instead of focusing only on your partner’s
Because you will have given yourself to opportunity to calm down and act maturely. It’s so easy to get carried away in an argument and not realise how the nasty things you’ve said. You’re quick to blame your partner, because it was their part of the argument you heard clearest. Taking time apart and reflecting on an argument as a whole will give you a chance to notice the way you reacted, too. It will help you find the root to your problems.
3. You’ll gain a new perspective of the relationship.
Often we stay with people out of habit. Because it’s convenient. Because you’ve been together a long time and don’t want it to go to waste. Or, just out of habit. You’re so used to being with one another that you can’t imagine being alone. But when you’re forced to be on your own by taking a break, your feelings will become clearer.
4. It will give you some much needed independence.
Sometimes, if we’ve been with our partners for a long time, we can forget what it’s like to be on our own. Therefore we may feel less self-sufficient and more independent. Being on your own for a while will help you gain back the little bit of yourself you have lost. Being more independent might help your relationship too. Spending a certain amount of time apart when in a loving relationship is absolutely healthy, and will allow you both to experience separate things before coming together to share them with one another.Photo Credit: Getty

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