Dating advice taking a break

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We obsess over their Facebook profiles and photos, giving them an enthusiastic thumbs-up on every post we deem worthy. We are skeptical about putting all our eggs in one basket, even if it's the best basket we’ve ever seen. “Breaks are initiated because of restlessness,” says Steve Ward, a relationship expert and CEO of Master Matchmakers. We become entangled in each other’s families, friends and Twitter feeds. Soul mates get married, have kids, then usually blog about how lucky they are. Even if we think we want a future with our partner, we aren’t 100 percent convinced.

Because you're still holding out hope that you guys will get back together, you're not letting yourself move on or get over this person. Source: Shutter Stock Say the break "works" and you guys get back together after a few weeks.

If you’re in this situation, here are 10 things you NEED to know before you actually take a break. Most couples assume that they'll take a break for a few weeks, do whatever during that time and get back together no matter what. When you're not with or talking to each other, you guys might change your minds about how you feel or do something that will hurt the other person. Sometimes, even if you specifically say your BF can't talk to anyone else, he does... Breaks are hard because no one really knows what's going on. Or, single life can seem miserable when you're stuck in such a confusing spot in your relationship.

Things can very easily fall apart and you won't end up back together - making you even more disappointed. Once you're on a break, you're more likely to think, "hey, I'm technically not with this person anymore... Obviously you guys weren't in a good place before the break, otherwise you wouldn't be on it. Either way, breaks don't really give you an accurate view of single life.

"It provides a valuable space for introspection and focusing on assessing your feelings within the relationship.

“Breaks are sometimes necessary to create space and allow someone to come to the realization that they are happier, more productive, and better off with someone than without them,” Ward adds.

I dated my first boyfriend for four years before we decided to call it quits… Actually, we tried “taking a break,” which was basically one of the worst ideas I’ve ever had.

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