“You don’t walk away to prove your worth. You walk away because you allowed someone else to dictate your value and you found yourself believing it.” – Shannon L. Alder
Relationships can be a lot of work, and keeping them running can mean a lot of stress for the individuals in a relationship. When a relationship is good and healthy, all of that work and stress is working towards a common and shared goal and “It’s important to remember that all couples have perpetual problems and can develop tools to deal with them,” says licensed clinical social worker Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW.
However, when a relationship becomes more work than it is fun, it can mean that the relationship is slowly dying. “In other words, if you can’t talk about the hard things, you’ll also feel less warmth and affection; and over time less fondness and admiration for your partner,” adds Gaspard.
HERE ARE 7 SIGNS OF A DYING RELATIONSHIP
Has your relationship been through a rough patch lately that doesn’t seem to end? You may want to check out these signs of a dying relationship, and see if it’s time to let the relationship go – for your sake, and your partner’s.
1. YOU DON’T TALK ABOUT PERSONAL THINGS ANYMORE
At the beginning of the relationship, maybe you discussed all of your hopes and dreams, and serious issues in your life. But now, it seems like all of your conversations are rehearsed and rehashed small talk. You’re no longer discussing real, emotional things and instead, seem to only talk about how your day went and what to have for dinner.
“When you share your struggles and difficulties you not only strengthen your bond through your vulnerability but you also set the precedence for an open and nonjudgmental relationship for the future,” says life and wellness coach Dana Peters.
Therefore, it’s clear that when there’s nothing left to talk about, the relationship starts to die.