Finding yourself in an unhealthy relationship isn’t as uncommon as you may think. While there may be few signs in the beginning of a relationship, there is always potential for unhealthy patterns. The important thing is to be aware of what dynamics occur in your relationship. If you feel that your relationship may be less healthy than it should, there is no shame in ending it.
Pay attention and watch out for these 10 signs which indicate an unhealthy relationship:
#1. Makes you feel bad
If you notice that your partner tries to make you feel bad on purpose, then you need to question whether or not the relationship is healthy for you. If he makes jokes at your expense or criticizes you often, then he’s simply disrespecting you. Don’t accept being put down in private or in public.
#2. Happier alone
Notice how you feel when you are spending time with your partner in comparison to how you feel when you’re not with him. If you find that you’re more relaxed, able to be your true self, and overall happier when you’re with other people or alone, then take a look at what’s making you feel that way.
It’s not like you need to tell your partner every single thought that crosses through your mind, but healthy relationships have a general foundation of real trust. If you feel like you need to keep things secret from your partner in order to protect the balance between you then you may have an issue.
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#4. Unequal partners
A partnership should be just that, something that respects the opinions of both people involved. Making decisions without you or simply ignoring your opinion is a sign that your guy is not respecting you as an equal. This creates an unhealthy sense of authority within a union that should be fair.
Cheating can occur from either person in your relationship. Maybe your guy has been looking for love elsewhere or you’ve found comfort in another person. Either way, this is a sign that your current relationship isn’t healthy enough to provide you with what you need.
#6. Control issues
You are your own person even when you’re in a relationship, this is something vital that you need to remember. If you start feeling like your guy is trying to control the things you do and say, be wary. You shouldn’t feel like a prisoner in your own life.
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#7. Lack of intimacy
Both romantic and emotional intimacy are important parts of any relationship. Sex isn’t everything, but it does help you bond with your partner. Feeling disconnected and like you don’t know each other anymore is a clear sign that the relationship isn’t as healthy as it could be.
#8. Constant arguing
Disagreement isn’t something to avoid, it’s a natural part of any human interaction. There is a difference however, between healthy disagreement and constant criticism or arguing. If you and your guy can’t seem to agree on anything and you find yourself constantly fighting, it may be time to move on.
#9. Not in love
Remember when you fell in love? The sensation is unmistakeable. When it’s gone, you know it’s missing. This doesn’t mean the natural calming down that happens with time and routine, but the feeling that you don’t actually romantically love your partner anymore. It’s better to be alone than to be lonely with your guy.
Abuse is an absolute red line. Do not accept it under any circumstances. If you feel emotionally or physically abused by your partner, there is no chance your relationship is healthy. Reach out and seek support to remove yourself from a toxic situation.
Admitting that you’re in the wrong relationship for you is brave. If you notice any of these 10 signs, consider your position and take necessary action.
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