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Taking Breaks and Spaces in Relationships

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Dorcas Omidoyin

To start with, breaks are not the same as spaces. They’re two different words with different meanings. In the case of cohabitation, people sometimes desire space in their relationships. Their partner’s persistent presence around them may be enough to make them feel choking. In the actual world, space is more relatable, especially when everything around you feels overwhelming and you simply want to breathe.

Taking a break is all about separating yourself from a relationship that has devolved into squabbles, complex issues, and more resentment than love. Especially when communication breaks and silence is the only way to communicate. You know you can’t quit because of the time and effort you’ve put in, or because things aren’t always like this. But sometimes you just need to clear your thoughts and take a break from your relationship.

Break isn’t simply about ignoring your partner or packing your belongings out of the house if you’re cohabiting. Break is reducing communication and allowing for more personal interactions. It’s crucial not to talk during the breaks. It’s natural to feel a void when you suddenly find yourself without someone who has occupied a significant portion of your life. As a result, it’s only natural to keep returning to this person. However, you need this time to clear your mind and reflect.

And no, taking a break does not imply that you are free to explore methods of cheating. If you do, the relationship was never serious in the first place. It’s probably just a period of evaluation, self-awareness, and reassurance that you’re on the right track, especially if you’re moving fast. Taking a break at the appropriate time and for the right purpose, on the other hand, could be just what you need to enhance your bond and deepen your commitment. People take breaks for several reasons, including never-ending disputes and squabbling, doubts and insecurity, uncertainties, and a continuous sense of unhappiness.

However, if the red flags for going on a break are consistent, some breaks might lead to breakups. Breaks can sometimes come to an end if you and your partner decide not to rekindle your relationship. While it’s never a good idea to take a break in order to avoid a breakup, sometimes breaks do naturally lead to breakups, even if you certainly did not expect it.

There is no standard for determining how long breaks should last. Breaks, on the other hand, are usually over in a week or two, so I guess that should be enough time to gain clarity and reconsider your choices. Intentionality and utmost happiness are the most important factors. Take breaks if that’s what you need at that moment in your relationship. Remember that most breaks are mutual, hence, both parties should be involved.

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