Question: When is it a good idea to take a break?

Its a good idea to take a break if you are not satisfied in the relationship for a long time. A break can help you figure out what exactly is the reason you are feeling unsatisfied in the relationship and if anything can be done to change it.

Is taking a break ever a good thing?

Yes, sometimes taking a break is a half measure that eventually leads to the couple splitting up, Feuerman said. If your relationship is in poor shape, a break can only serve as a Band-Aid for so long. It can be a healthy choice to step away from the relationship to determine its future path, she said.

Is it bad to want a break?

Well, taking a relationship break or separating from your partner isnt always a bad idea. Separation can be very healing, says Ann Rosen Spector, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Philadelphia. When a situation is complicated, having distance to get clarity is important. And a break is the way to get it.

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