Experts say it’s tough to end a romance, but staying too long in a relationship that’s heading nowhere, or unhealthy, only hurts you and your partner. So here are a few signs that it’s time to call it quits. We got these from dating coach and relationship psychologist Dr. Jennifer Oikle:
You fight more than you have fun. All couples occasionally argue. But if you’re constantly battling and sobbing, then it’s a sign it’s over.
You keep having the same fight. Our expert says if you can’t move past conflicts, then your relationship is doomed. Couples need to compromise – and sometimes, one partner just needs to give in for the sake of the relationship. If that’s not happening, it means there’s a never-ending power struggle.
You don’t care whether you spend time with them or not. At the start of a relationship, couples want to be together all of the time. And text and call constantly. That dies down eventually, but it’s a red flag if you feel totally apathetic – or even relieved – if you don’t see your partner.
What you once loved, you now find annoying. Opposites attract and in the beginning, they can create chemistry. But over time, those differences can breed contempt. So at first, when your outgoing boyfriend was the life of the party, maybe you felt alive and important when you were with him. But now, you find his over-the-top personality draining, and his flirty behavior makes you feel insecure. Once the sparks die down, if your fundamental personality differences become a source of conflict, it isn’t fair to ask either of you to change. You may need to just move on to someone who’s a better fit.