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3 Ways to Know When a Relationship Isn’t Right for You

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“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” ~Lao Tzu

I was going out with a wonderful man. He was generous and caring and had a great sense of humor. He treated me well and attended to my every need.

But something just wasn’t right. I battled with myself for over a month.

Every time a fear surfaced about how quickly things were moving, I smoothed it over with a shrug or a hug or a reminder of how lucky I was to have found someone with whom to share my life.

My logical mind told me that he was perfect, that I was self-sabotaging, and that I was afraid of commitment. Yet another part of me questioned the depth of my feelings for him.

I worried about our different beliefs and how they could cause problems down the line.

I was exhausted. I started biting my fingernails. I got sick. I even experienced random pains all over.

But I wasn’t listening to my body because I was overwhelmed with the noise of the chatter inside my head.

I could not stop the thoughts. And then, one day, I decided that I had a choice. I could simply stop thinking. I would listen to my intuition instead. Immediately, I felt calmer and more myself. I was able to enjoy life again.

Above all else, I was relieved. In that moment, I realized that the relationship was over. Well, according to me it was.

Now, all I had to do was break it to him. Of course, it was difficult. We were both hurting.

I hated letting him down, but I could not live a lie. So, I mustered up the courage to finish a partnership that appeared perfect on paper.

It wasn’t what he wanted. But a couple of weeks later, he texted to say that, although he wished it hadn’t ended, he was also glad that it had. In other words, despite the suffering, he now realized that we weren’t well suited. 

Looking back, perhaps he had had a similar gut feeling but wasn’t aware of it or had chosen to ignore it. Either way, I did both of us a favor by listening to myself and bringing the relationship to an end.

I closed the door on an apparently perfect partnership but now I am open to something else, which will be more in alignment with who I am and what I desire.

If you’re agonizing about whether or not to stay with your partner, follow these three steps: 

1. Sit in silence.

When life is loud and fast and nonstop, it’s easy to slide into the next month, year, and even decade with someone you’re not sure about.

Take some time out to sit with how you’re feeling. Are you happy? Healthy? Enthusiastic about life? Or are you ill, moody, or depressed?

When you know how you are, you’ll know how best to proceed. You don’t have to figure out all the answers the first time you meditate, but the more you slow down and pay attention to how you’re feeling, the more authentic your life and your relationships will become.

2. Listen.

Now that you’re getting in touch with your body and emotions, you can listen to what they’ve been trying to tell you.

Life Coach Cristina Merkley says that, luckily, we have a built in system that alerts us when we’re in alignment with our Inner Being (and what we truly desire) and when we are not. This invaluable system is our emotions.

For over a month, I was mostly unhappy. I was tired and sick and in pain. When I finally started listening to myself, I was able to acknowledge that I wasn’t in alignment with my true self. I’m grateful that my body (and my emotions) won’t allow me to stay in a situation that isn’t right for me.

And never underestimate the accuracy of your intuition. I’ve rationalized things until my brain was ready to burst but it’s effortless when I go with my gut.

3. Check in with yourself when you’re with your partner.

And ask yourself the following questions:

When you’re in the company of your loved one, do you feel energized or drained? This is an excellent indicator as to whether or not to keep him or her in your life.

Do you feel good about yourself when your partner is around, or does your other half bring out the worst in you?

Are you growing emotionally and spiritually as a result of being with this person? Or has this part of your life begun to stagnate?

How about your partner? Are you enhancing his/her life? Or are you fighting so much that there’s no time for anything else?

Can you be yourself with this person? Or are you trying to be someone you think your partner wants? If this is the case, it’s never going to last.

Do you feel genuine love, friendship, and respect for your partner? Or are you staying in it because you’re afraid that, if you don’t settle, you’re guaranteed a lonely existence? 

Bring awareness to how you’re feeling when you’re with your partner. If it feels good, it probably is. And if it feels uneasy or unpleasant, it may be time to set yourself (and your partner) free.

Bear in mind that not all uncomfortable feelings signify that you should end the relationship. These feelings could be a reflection of underlying fears of intimacy or a self-limiting belief that you don’t deserve happiness or that nothing good ever lasts.

If you’re unsure, repeat steps one and two.

When your partner is ticking most of those proverbial boxes, it can be easier to stay in the relationship. At least you have someone who will look after you, who will send you sweet messages, and cuddle you on the couch.

It’s scary to have to re-enter the big bad world of singledom and dating. But it’s also exciting. And you will be rewarded for being true to yourself and for honoring your ex enough to admit that you’re not the one for them.

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Sharon Vogiatzi teaches Positive Living groups in Newbridge, Ireland. She is a qualified Acupuncturist and Reiki practitioner and has a BA in Journalism and German. Read more of her work at or check out her Facebook page.

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  • Caydenly

    That is why I believe that dating slow is the best option.

    When you date slowly, you take a long term view of the situation. Instead of letting your relationship be affected by the short incidents in your life, you get to properly assess objectively, if the cause of your negative feelings is because of your relationship, or because of other events in your life.

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Good point, Caydenly.

  • Csaba

    This is so true for me right now. I just started college 2 months ago. I met this truly beautiful girl, who I’m really attracted to nad I know she is to me too (She is showing me the sings). We go home after school every time together, we are haveing great time. Yet when I’m alone and think about starting a relationship, I get paralized and full of fear. It may be because my past relationship was horrible. I’m too scared to act, because if it wont work out, we will still see eachother every school day and it would be horrible to be like that. Yet every time when I’m with her I feel wonderful. Have you ever been in a situation like this?

  • norene

    Im in a relationship for 5 yrs things got worse instead of better we are constly fighting im very unhappy headaches all the time i cant be me around him i use 2 very out going but if even say hi 2 the oppiste sex he acuses me an im far from a flirt I dont know the first step to let him go every time i build strenghth and i tell myself im done its like he knows and comes at me with sweet nothings and it last for a little while then were back were we started very confused need help please!

  • porterman

    Thank you so much for this piece, Sharon. I’ve been dealing with a lot of the same issue, although rather than a month, its been a year… caydenly’s point about dating slowly is a good one, we went too fast and now I’m not so sure. Oh well. i will figure it out eventually. Thanks again!

  • Debbie Bills

    Great tips Sharon on relationships. If it doesn’t feel right than usually it isn’t. I had to learn this the hard way, but ended up with 3 beautiful daughters, so guess it wasn’t a complete mistake. One of the big signs to me is the moving to fast.
    Good luck and thanks for sharing and being smart enough to wait for the right one. You are going to be glad you did.

  • Cara

    I actually read this article from the perspective of my current job. It’s amazing how well it fits – and now I know this isn’t the job for me! Time to stop agonizing and get going. Thank you for this – so simple, yet powerful.

  • maestro83

    These are definitely true. There was a guy I dated for 9 months and while I thought things between us were good; the last couple months I realized something was different and I had contemplated that we weren’t right for each other. He started feeling the same way and when he told me he was done I wasn’t as sad as I thought I’d be. Several days later I thought about it and realized, we weren’t right for each other and not sure how we made it to 9 months. But as the saying goes…..things happen for a reason and people come into your life for a reason….

  • Kate

    I too feel this way. Mine has been 3 years. Best of luck Norene!

  • Kary

    Hi! I loved this post, and loved you comment, Caydenly. My 5 year relationship has ended this week, after months of thinking and doubting everything. But in the back of my mind, the doubt was always there. I just didn’t wanna see it. We were good friends, made each other laugh, it was kinda easy to be around – but it could only last inside the bubble. Away from friends, family, work, problems, we got just fine. But when reality settles, the bubble becomes unsustainable. And exactly at this moment i’m listening to Yes, and it’s playing Make it easy. It’s actualy about a relationship that has it’s ups and downs (still don’t know it that’s my case), but it says “You make it easy. Take it slow.” I will bring this to my life, thanks to this moment.

  • Kiki

    Hi Sharon,
    I am glad that you put that caveat in at the end that said that not all uncomfortable feelings are a signal to end a relationship. I struggle with the opposite problem as it is very easy for me to be in relationships in which I can be inauthentic as I then do not have to confront the very scary intimacy of opening up and becoming vulnerable to someone. I went through my teens and twenties dating men who I cared literally nothing about and those relationships were easy peasy for me as I could act however I wanted to act with no accountability. However, now for the first time, I am in a real, substantive, loving relationship and for the first 4 months I was scared sh**less! Thankfully my sister knew my pattern of inauthenticity in my previous relationships and encouraged me to go to counseling to discover the root cause of my fear of intimacy. After exploring that, I am currently going on year 4 with my love who is literally the best thing that has ever happened to me. Being with him has helped me grow and confront my past and my demons and hangups in a way that I never would have had to if I had “listened to my gut” initially. Many of us have self-protective mechanisms in place from our childhoods or past experiences that feel “authentic” like, “I’m not a relationship person”, “men are not to be trusted”, “I love’m and leave’m” etc. which can prevent us from discovering alternatives and healthier ways to live our lives.

  • Katie

    I also read this with my job in mind, and have realised exactly the same…. Time to break up this unhappy relationship and go and find the place I’m meant to be! Good luck :)

  • yodayoga

    I was in a relationship for three years that did not feel quite right from the beginning but I consistently ignored my intuition and worked on “making us right.” As time went on, there was more negative re-enforcement than positive. I kept thinking, I had never been in a committed long-term relationship of this length, so I must try harder to make it work. Finally I woke up to the difficult realization that I was not being truthful with myself. I realized I was limiting myself by accepting/staying in a relationship that would ultimately make me happy “only if…” such and such would change. “Things will be different when…” we said to ourselves over and over again. Now I know that all relationships take work, but you HAVE TO be happy in the present, and not allow your happiness to be predicated on something that must change.

  • Sarah Houghton

    Kiki, I relate to this so much! For years, I picked friends and romantic partners that were self-absorbed because it was “safer” for me to be the listener or the nurturer. I sort of accidentally made a friend that was as interested in me as I was in her, and it totally blew my mind. That kind of true friendship helped me learn to trust and be vulnerable in both friendships and romantic relationships. Congratulations to you for confronting your fears!!

  • Diane

    This is very timely. After 19 years of marriage (officially next week), I’ve been having doubts if this will last another 19 years. It’s hard to articulate my frustration and terrifying to think about living on my own after being with him for 23 years. Will do my best to honestly answer the questions you posed above and find the courage to see things through.

  • John Rush

    I loved your post today! I had gone through something exactly like this about 5 or 6 weeks ago now. You described everything that had happened. He actually ended the relationship, and he now knows it was due to fear of intimacy but he set me free I am soaring and blooming. So many great things have happened since the end that I can not even think of going back. It’s a difficult thing to go through, but when we let things happen naturally we can experience amazing things.

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Hi Kiki,
    Thanks for the comment and thanks for your honesty.
    That’s very true so it is important to be able to distinguish between what’s real and what’s just a defence mechanism. That’s why it’s essential to be able to slow down in order to give yourself enough space to listen to what it is you really want and what’s right for you.
    I’m delighted things are going well for you in your relationship.

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Hi Kary,
    Thanks for the comment.
    That’s interesting what you say about how your relationship could only last inside the bubble. I’ve experienced that too. It’s wonderful when you are with someone who is right for you, in the good and the challenging times, someone who fits in with your life and those close to you, and who you can be independent of too at times. That’s what a healthy relationship is like.
    Wishing you the best of luck in this time.

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Wow Cara, I’m delighted you were able to apply the tips to a different aspect of life and that you found it insightful! Best of luck with your new adventure!

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Same to you, Katie. Best of luck and enjoy the journey!
    Sharon :)

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Thank you, John.
    You’re so right. It can be difficult and painful to let go of something we’ve become attached to but, once we do, it opens us up to something even better, more suitable, and more exciting.
    Well done and enjoy!

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Dear Diane,
    Thank you for your comment and for your honesty.
    I’m glad you found the article thought-provoking.
    Best of luck in discovering what’s right for you.
    Sharon :)

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Thanks for your comment and your honesty.
    You’re right, relationships do need to be worked at. But if they are inauthentic for us and are causing more pain than joy, it definitely is time to take a look at what’s going on for us and what we need to do in order to get back into alignment with what’s right for us right now.
    Best of luck!

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    That’s so true. Everything happens for a reason. We learn from some people and then our journey together is complete. It’s just the attachment to the idea of how we think something should be that causes us suffering. The fact that you weren’t as sad as you thought you’d be is a great indication that you are being true to yourself.
    Thank you for your comment.
    Sharon :)

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Thanks for your lovely comment, Debbie.
    You’re right, it wasn’t a mistake. Everything happens for a reason. You have 3 beautiful daughters and you’ve learned and grown so much as a result.
    And you’re right about not moving too fast also.
    Thanks again.
    Sharon :)

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Thanks for your comment.
    Yes, that’s something that I will definitely take with me about taking things slow.
    Best of luck with whatever you decide is right for you.

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    It can be very confusing to be in a situation like that so I feel for you, Norene.
    Take some time for yourself if possible just so you can check in with yourself and how you’re feeling. You don’t have to make any rash decisions. Be gentle with yourself, love yourself, and listen to yourself. Best of luck!

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Best of luck to you too, Kate.

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Thanks for your comment.
    I know how it feels to be paralysed with fear. But what’s past is past so there’s no need to bring it into the present. It’s a different time and this girl is not your ex.
    Be present as much as possible, enjoy yourself and take your time getting to know this girl, always checking in with how you’re feeling.
    Good luck.

  • CalGirl

    So so true! I feel part of the problem is that we are always on ‘auto pilot’, and are not paying attention to how we FEEL…..It’s caffeine, newspaper, internet, rushing and rushing through life without feeling who and what the hell we actually are!

    Great article :)

  • lv2terp

    Wonderful post!!! Thank you for sharing your experience, and such wonderful tips to really find what is the truth within us! :) It is so tough to make a decision that hurts someone else, especially when they can’t see the bigger picture yet, and not having faith that they will ultimately be led to a better place/relationship…I appreciate this post today, thank you for sharing your message!!! :)

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Thank you :)
    Yes, it’s so important to slow down and listen to ourselves…

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Thanks for your comment.
    Exactly, it’s easy to worry more about how the other person will cope. But you’re not doing the other person (or yourself) any favours by staying in a relationship that just isn’t right.

  • Tara Crowley

    Entering a new dating relationship, I’m stripping it down to the real essentials: what role does a relationship have in my life; what role do I want it to have? I do not want to repeat my past, and so I am determined to take it slowly and actually TALK about the things that make me uncomfortable. Better now, for all concerned. How they respond to my inquiries is telling me what kind of person they are. And the all important thing: I love myself enough to know when to let go this time. Finally.

  • Jimageddon

    As a guy I ask myself just one question. Do I feel the need/want to strive to make every day for her better than the one before? It’s either yes or no. There are of course variables that go into that question but at the end of the day either you are passionately inspired to create wonder for her daily, or you’re not. I would not want to give someone any less than all of me.

  • Tina J~

    This is a great perspective and one that is hardly ever shared or even considered by most people. What you describe here is something I also went through in my last relationship. It seemed like a great relationship on paper, and I truly love him, but something was just not right about it. I was not myself throughout the duration of our time together – about ten months and another five trying to work it out. I had been single for awhile before that, and I blamed it on myself and simply decided that I am just “not good” at being in a relationship. I prefer being single, don’t I? That’s what I think anyway. Or maybe I just need to be with someone who wants to grow emotionally and spiritually in similar ways? I really don’t know the answer to that at the present time. The only difference between what you describe was in my case he was not as understanding, and although I am sure he is glad now looking back that we did end it, at the time he saw it as me “lying” during the time we were together, which was absolutely not the case. But a friend of mine really put it in perspective when she said, if someone doesn’t want to be in a relationship, they shouldn’t be in one – it doesn’t matter what the reason is or how great of a person the other person is, or if the other person’s feelings will get hurt, if you don’t want to be in a relationship, you have to be honest with yourself about that.

  • Tristan

    Hi Sharon

    I agree with it all but sometimes it is so hard to differentiate between fear of intimacy and a relationship not being right. I split up with my girlfriend 2 months ago (twice within 3 weeks) as for quite a while I had this gnawing feeling it wasn’t right. However after the final split I had a huge awareness a lot of the doubt, jealousy and judgement I created in the relationship probably came down to the abuse I suffered as a child which my girlfriend had previously encouraged me to get help for, but which I was to scared/proud to do. I have since gone in to therapy and done intense inner work. I have found that the way I am so cruel to myself, so unloving of myself, with a fearful yet strong need for intimacy that no wonder I projected these inner states outward to her. Trouble is I still miss her like crazy, I wrote her an email a couple of weeks back telling her so and the response was quite hostile. The gnawing feeling of doubt I attributed to her still remains but now to the loss of her. I wish I had gone into therapy when she was encouraging me to do it. Not sure quite what to do now but most of the time I do regret leaving. When I manage to get myself to a place of self love I think I’ll be ok and hope for a future reconciliation or a new partner, when I am in fear I think it was the biggest mistake of my life. These same two polarities were evident when I was with her; when I was in a place of love everything was incredible, when I was in a place of fear I felt doubt, judgement etc. Staying in a place of love can be the hardest thing to do and making rational judgements based on feelings that can fluctuate so wildly can be so frustrating! What I’d give for her to get in touch. Such a painful yet profound teacher this thing called life!

  • dfog

    I just got out of the longest relationship I ever been in and I’m still in tremendous pain/grief but feeling much better. I think what has been causing my pain is this idea that it could’ve worked out if he or I had committed more to changing and being more suitable for the other partner. Sure we were on different wavelengths, and I was unsatisfied with the way things were, but we could be happy if “X changed to Y” or “Y to Z.” In the post-break up, I sometimes feel my growth is being stunted by these thoughts. Your post beautifully captured the thought process I need to go through to overcome these feelings. It’s important to be happy in the present than live in unhappiness for an uncertain future.

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Thanks for your comment. I’m glad the post helped.
    Yes, it’s often the idea that we’re attached to that causes us the most pain and suffering.
    Best of luck with everything.

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Thanks Jim. That sounds lovely. And of course it’s very important to make yourself happy too :)

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    That sounds just great Tara. I’m so glad you love yourself. And yes, communication is key! Good luck and enjoy.

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Hi Tristan,
    Thanks for your comment.
    That’s the challenge – to figure out whether it’s our issues (i.e. fear of intimacy, history of abuse, etc.) or if it’s just that the particular relationship isn’t right.
    I’m glad that you’ve taken the courageous step to get help and love yourself in order to move forward with your life. Things can only get better. Either with this lady or someone else entirely. But the most important relationship you’ll ever have is the one with yourself.
    Good luck :)

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Thanks for your comment, Tina.
    I’ve wondered that too but I would definitely prefer to be single than be in a relationship that isn’t right for me.
    I wish you the best of luck. Be gentle with yourself and enjoy the journey :)

  • KevGeo

    You should be happy too.

  • Romi

    3. “Check in with yourself when you’re with your partner” I’ve asked myself time to time all those questions that you have mention in your post and result is always the same. I am in very unhealthy relationship for last 10 years and even though I knew this relationship is not going to work but I don’t know what to do? I need HELP! I have been with her for a decade and I have tried every possible things to make her happy but nothing last more than few days. I am 39 years old and belong to a family where divorce is not an option. On the other hand she does whatever she wants to do but if I do the same thing all hell break loose. I am not here to portrait her as a bad person I am here at 12:36am to look for some piece of information that I applied to my relationship and might get a positive outcome. I read all the comments below and hats off to those people who made a right decision on right time. It’s very hard to let go the relationship even the bad ones. I have read once “It’s always better to let go of a bad relationship than hold on when you see no happiness at the end of the tunnel”. I understand a bad relationship can do more harm than good for you but in my situation where my family values stopping me going to an extend where divorce is the only solution. Any piece of advice!!!!

  • Matt Dyne

    I want to express my tremendous gratitude and appreciation for you and your wonderful post. I’m going through a break-up right now, and this reminder is exactly what I needed to remember to be present and mindful about my body, emotions, and spirit. It was devastating to let someone go I love and care about so deeply, and sometimes the pain disguises/manifests itself as regret. But I believe the quote at the beginning of the article is very true, and I’m thankful for the wake-up call about my attachment/dependency on another person for self-“happiness.” I care about body and mind too much to settle for feelings of incompleteness and emptiness. I’m excited to focus on me.

  • Raine

    It’s your life, and you must do what makes you happy! You’re only 39 do you want to live the rest of your life unhappy? It might shock your family initially, but with time I think people learn to accept.

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    I’m so glad to hear the article helped, Matt. And yes, it is exciting to focus on yourself. Enjoy :-)

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Thanks for you honest and open comment.
    You have to do what’s right for you. You deserve to be happy. But of course you need time and space to figure that out. Communication is key. Have you discussed all of this with your partner?
    Wishing you the best of luck.

  • En En

    I find that this isn’t applicable to just BGR partnership. It also applies to general relationships with family members, friends, colleagues/bosses. If I may just change the following questions a little bit:

    “Ask yourself the following questions:

    When you’re in the company of another party, do you feel energized or drained? This is an excellent indicator as to whether or not to keep this person in your life.

    Do you feel good about yourself when the other party is around, or does this person bring out the worst in you?

    Are you growing emotionally and spiritually as a result of being with this person? Or has this part of your life begun to deteriorate?

    Can you be yourself with this person? Or are you trying to be someone you think the other party wants? If this is the case, it’s never going to last.”

    What would you do if you feel that there is an expectation for you to meet to become an ideal son/daughter/worker/staff/partner/friend for the other party if this person is of an authoritative figure such as a parent or a boss or even a friend?

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Thanks for your comment. It’s so great to be able to apply the steps to other types of relationships and situations.

  • soo

    Hi Sharon, what you wrote here is very interesting and I totally relate to it in so many ways… I am getting a divorce after 4 years of marriage because I was feeling all those sad negative feelings you mentioned above. I have to tell you although I am very scared to end up alone but I am also very happy because now I am getting in touch again with my true self and I feel like being re-born and I am excited about meeting new people and going on dates again. In a sentence I can say when I read your writing it was as if someone had written all that I faced and felt. It was very helpful and encouraging to me and if you allow me I would like to save it on my computer. Thanks for sharing it. Wish you all the best :-)

  • Sheri

    I’m in this situation right now and it’s very difficult. I was widowed almost 20 months ago, then 7 months ago I met a wonderful man. We fell in love very, very fast and very, very hard and it was amazing for the first few months. Around the 4th month, things started to get kind of strained as the glow wore off, but we remained very committed to each other and figured it was just the real life stuff creeping in and the business of really getting to know each other. As time has gone on, though, we seem to be more disconnected. We’ve discovered some major incompatibilities and I know that I’m not satisfied with the relationship anymore. It is like you wrote: it all works out on paper, but it just isn’t quite right.

    The situation becomes more complicated, though, because I suffer from depression and also because I was widowed so recently. I’m not sure how well I can trust my judgement because I feel disconnected from most things in my life right now. It’s also hard to know sometimes if it’s really an incompatibility with my boyfriend or if I’m simply comparing him to my late husband. On the other hand, I look back now and wonder how much of that initial passion was because it had been so long since I had love, affection and even sex in my life. At first I felt very much alive again, but now I feel more drained with him. I think a huge part is that I’m just not ready for the relationship that we have. I hadn’t planned to get in to a relationship at all; I had just been looking for casual dating and friendship, so my intense feelings took me by surprise.

    I’m not sure what the right thing to do is. Do I end things to give myself time to complete the healing that I think I didn’t finish? Are our problems really basic incompatibility or are they rooted in my unreadiness and depression? This could be just a bump in the road. If I leave now, I could be missing out on something that could be special again. On the other hand, if I stay it’s also possible that the relationship itself could be part of what’s draining me, contributing to my depression. What do you think?

  • Elmiza

    OMG! This is how exactly I feel about my relationship with my ex-bf for the past few weeks. and right now everything is over. And I’m so free and relieved.

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    I’m glad to hear that, Emiza :-)

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    Hi Sheri,
    Sorry for the delay, I’m just seeing this comment now.
    Ultimately, the answer is within you. I know that may seem frustrating and it’s nice to get someone else’s perspective. It sounds like you need time (to heal, to grieve, to get to know yourself and to love yourself as you are) then you can look at what you desire in a romantic relationship. If the incompatibilities between you are too big and you feel you cannot move past them with this person, then there is your answer.

  • Sharon Vogiatzi

    I’m glad the article helped you and I’m delighted to hear that you’re excited about what lies ahead. I know it’s scary but when you believe you deserve something more in alignment with who you are, then you will attract that into your life. Good luck and enjoy! And of course you can save the post onto your computer :-)

  • JKidd

    I’ve been in a relationship with the mother of my daughter going on 5 years now. We tend to have a big difference in opinion in how we operate. I’m more analytical she is more care free. I do tend to feel like I get annoyed by a lot of what she does, I recently started with body pains (stomach, chest, headaches) I feel drained and fatigue. At times I don’t see a future with her I do love her and have a special attachment to her that at times I feel could be my daughter. We recently went through a tough argument in which it almost ended our relationship. Although I didn’t want it to end something in the back of my mind was saying it should. Now I’m not sure if this relationship is meant to be we recently decided to come to agreement that will benefit both of us in trying to rebuild our relationship. But I feel I won’t be able to trust enough in where I’m going to constantly be alarmed and wonder if things will go back to being bad. What I’m saying im confused and not sure if I want to fix this because I really care for her or is it just my daughter.

  • nancy

    Hi Sharon,

    I’m in the same situation now. I just broke up with my boyfriend because of my uncertainties (and since I’m uncertain, I don’t know if he’s the one and if I’m ready…). Even we broke up, I’m still very confused and unclear, and I’ll try your method to clear my mind. However, I want to ask you about your experience. What was wrong in that relationship you talked here that you felt? (physical attract or personality fit) How wrong was it that made you called it off? Please share if you don’t mind because it would help me alot.

    Thank you,

  • Ashley

    Thank you so much for this article…

  • sarah

    Thank you so much Sharon. I am dating a man that everyone believes is perfect and that we are so cute together. I realized after 9 months that those compliments were fueling our whole relationship. I have been hurting so much these past few weeks and trying to figure what went wrong or if I was insane for not wanting to be in this relationship anymore. He is so sweet to me, but there is just nothing there. I am so unhappy and I would hate to make him unhappy because I am his first real relationship. After reading your post, I now realize I have to tell him soon. I don’t want to deny myself what I truly want out of life and keep feeling this pain. I am sure he will be crushed, but you’re right- he will someday realize that we were not meant for each other. Life is too short not to be honest, especially with myself.

  • Joe

    This really helps thank you. I’ve struggled with this for a long time but she’s so happy and I just don’t have the courage to end it.

  • NiallOk

    I am in this situation right now. Every day is a bit of a struggle and although there are some good times, they are vastly outnumbered by bad. My problem is that I have bought a house less than 6months ago with this person andmy life feels like it is now out of my control. I am moody, depressed and just want my own company most of the time. What can I do to change this or stop this horrible plunging spiral. My partner is perfect and caring and generous and loving but I know she has major doubts too. I feel utterly lost and confused about what is the right thing to do.

  • Kasey

    What happen if you never truly loved yourself first and just jumped into a relationship.

  • Realization

    Dear ………… I’m in a relationship where I don’t think things are working out. We go to fast and my body is sore each time he kisses me. I’m still a virgin but one time we went near a park and we was making out, and he wanted me to have sex with him. I was thinking his only wants to have sex. I don’t think I should stop calling him. Change my number, and go our seprate ways. So today I’m single, I think I know what he wants. And I know what I want. I’m going to listen to my body and what my body is saying to me. And listen to my feelings because I’m breaking inside. I just don’t want to hurt anyone. I just want to be happy. True to be happy. But I’m sad, everything is so sad. Every time I call him his always busy. He works right but I just want someone else to make him happy either then my self. I just feel so dirty every time we kiss and make out. I feel so dirty.

  • Realization

    Dear future lover
    See I was happy, but I don’t know now. His one year younger then me. I had an amazing time with him right. He made me feel like I can float in the sky. I still think of him today. But that was when I was 16. He was amazing boyfriend I ever said yes too. But the boyfriend I go out with now. He just hooked up with me and never asked me out. I was waiting for my ex to come back but he never did. I thought we had something right. But I broke up with him because I didn’t know how to keep a boyfriend at that age. I was still trying to learn myself. I dumped him by mistake. Because he pissed me off. But I drift away into a deep deep memories that we shared. Now, years are just going by… I thought a promise would bring him back too me. Now I’m older I’m only 21. Now, I’ll will never see him again his always in my memory. The boyfriend I’m with now. I still feel single. But when I think of my ex I cry for months. I never got to say how I really felt. But If I got the chance to see him. And if he was single I will get with him again now doubt about that. But if he has a girlfriend I wouldn’t break them up no way. I’m not like that. Promise to g.o.d

  • aquafox93

    im with a guy that ive been with for almost two years hes nice weve been best friends for five years im 21 hes 22 our belief systems are similar and we do enjoy each others company and conversation. over the past six months he slowly moved in without me even realizing he did so. shortly after we got together his brother died and I was his rock or I tried my best to be. I feel like I was the one always pursuing him I even said I love you first. id always buy him gifrs and food and suprises and I would get a thank you but not as much as a love note back. not even for my birthday this past march. that is what hurt me out of everything. ever since ive been slowly falling out of love and seeing the reality. ive talked to him a few times about spliting up and he simply disagrees and leaves it alone as if nothing happened. he has no job (he does apply and tried to find one) but hes mever taken me out on a date and its not fair and it makes me so mad that I put up wiwitthis relationship for so long but im emotionally attached and when I try to break up he makes me feel like theres no reason to leave. plus when I think about breaking up I think about all the good times weve had. I tear up because I want more of that. even though I can obviously see this relationship isnt going anywhere I just dont get why I cant let go. I know this isnt an astrology site but I do believe that astrology affects relationships im a pisces w/aquarius moon hes a taurus w/Sagittarius moon. any advice would be amazing though I really dont know how to proceed or if I should wait until we just have a mutual separation? I dont want to lose his friendship :(

  • Sky Horton

    i quit my job, left my friends and emigrated to Canada to be with my perceived love of my life. we held down a long distance relationship for a year before i decided to move out there with him to see if it would work. (right from the start i was insure – 1st warning signal) i was so in-love with his gestures of romance and a fun-filled life of adventure and prospeity that it blinded me into thinking i loved him. i did love him dearly for all his kindness but i wasn’t in-love with him, i didn’t feel the same way about him as he did about me. it was killing me. i always had underlying fear and doubts of whether we would work out in the future and the thought of him proposing to me freaked me out. Eventually 3 months into moving i realised i was depressed and not myself. i knew then that enough was enough, that it was not doing me any good kidding myself and talking myself into trying to love him for the sake of loving him cos he’s a good guy. I took the courage to end it with him despite him truly loving me and being the most best friend and person in my life. i was the hardest decision i have ever had to make. but the sense of relief and freedom i felt when i ended it reassured me it was the right choice. i did the steps as stated above and i’m so glad i found this post because it’s so important to listen to your true inner emotions because i’ve learnt you have to be true to yourself and love yourself first before you can love another to be truly happy and content in life.

  • cc

    I’ve been with my husband 21 yrs and we always said once the kids grow up it will b our time….I’ve realised it’s now not what I want , I feel completely numb and the worse person ever because my feelings have changed but he is still so in love with me. How can I hurt such a good man and destroy a family :(

  • Tired

    My God. I feel like you are telling my story. I am in a similar state except that the relationship has not yet ended. When I am in the state of fear, its horrible. I just want to be away and feel this is not what I want and then more fear of doubt and judgement. When I think of ending then the fear of future dooms me – what is I regret, what if this is me and not the relationship ? I have been trying so hard to figure things for myself but I am tired now. I dont know what to do. Sometimes, I feel like ending my life. All this has effected me so much that I have finished my career too.

  • Tristan

    Hi Tired, thanks for your comment and I hope you’re ok. As you mention you closely relate to my story it may help you to know that the clouds did pass and now I am happy not being with her. I now know 100% that it was the right decision. I have met other girls who warm my heart and with whom I closely relate, people I would probably never have met had I kept on trying force myself to stick to someone I knew wasn’t right deep down. Sometimes if I’m feeling tired or under-confident my mind tricks me into painting a rose tinted view of the relationship, but luckily I wrote down all the things that was wrong with it and can snap out of it. The best thing now is that it makes me feel happy that she will now be able to find someone who she will be able to connect with and make her happy…a thought that horrified me only a few months ago. It is possible. Sometimes people simply just aren’t right and I look back over the torture I put myself through and scratch my head! It also has grown me immeasurably as a person emotionally. I wish you the best in whatever you decide to do :)

  • Anon

    Truth is, my relationship is very much perfect, we hardly argue but we have our little debates, I enjoy his company, he appears to enjoy mine, we’ve been together 2 years and have had no problems. His family are lovely people and I see them as my own, he treats me better than most guys treat their other half. But for some reason I’m not happy and I no longer want to keep it working, I feel like an idiot because I’ll never meet someone as perfect as he is for me. What am I meant to do though. It feels like I’m only with him for stability. Am I just being a fool? Should I try to make the relationship work despite the fact my heart isn’t exactly in it? What do I say if I am supposed to break up with him. I honestly don’t have a clue.

  • Bleh

    “I am 39 years old and belong to a family where divorce is not an option.”

    Fear + Obligation + Guilt = Fog. Step out of the fog. No person owns another and nothing is forever except eternal love from the Divine. Everything else is unreal and never was.

    Divorce is *always* an option. Break free.

  • Tara

    This really resonates with me in that I have been in a relationship for a little over four months and I am not sure where it’s going. He is a super nice guy, treats me well, the whole nine basically but I just feel like something is not quite right. He is looking for a wife and wants kids and although I think he is great I just don’t feel ready to commit after being in a tumultuous relationship for 9 years. I think he is sensing my feelings and he is pulling back. Another thing he keeps bringing up is the year after I broke up with my ex (July 2013) I was promiscuous and slept around with ten guys and he always brings it up and I can sense his insecurity with me and I don’t think he trusts me. This hurts and I feel like I can’t move forward because he keeps mentioning it and sometimes I wish I was never honest with him about it but I thought it was the right thing to do to tell him. This article has really helped and I think I need to step back and figure out if this relationship is going to work or if I need to save both of us the trouble and end it

  • No

    What do these uncomfortable feelings really mean? Is it a warning sign that this person is dangerous or that there is danger a long the way? Do you have these feelings for a reason (Did they do something to cause it?)

  • No

    What do these uncomfortable feelings really mean? Is it a warning sign that this person is dangerous or that there is danger a long the way? Do you have these feelings for a reason (Did they do something to cause it?) Like why do we have these feelings around them?

  • BF or BFF?

    Sometimes it can be much more complicated. Like it felt right, it was right, even every member of each side of the family connected (and we are a blended family, totaling 4 kids). But, recently, it’s all been falling apart. This article wasn’t what I wanted to face, but the answers speak for themselves. This person is my best friend, but I’m beginning to think that’s all we ever were, with the complication of lust, which apparently, is now gone. So maybe remaining friends, or not, is what we need to do, because I’m more unhappy than happy any more and the memory of what we had is fading. The glimpses are there, but I just can’t hang around for that.

  • uncertain

    I just broke up with my girlfriend of three years. We had great times together but but we don’t challenge each other. I think we actually enabled each other’s laziness. I didn’t respect her the way i want to respect my partner. I have spent the last few days agonizing over whether i did th right thing or just threw away the best thing i might have for the rest of my life. This article helps, thank you.

  • coll

    I may be young, (the age of your relationship), but I am the daughter of divorced parents. Although it would cause a tremendous amount of pain for you all, and your children may feel lied to, if you are certain the relationship is not right for you, they will thank you in the end. Just as others have said, if you’re feelings really have changed, it is not only good for you but good for your husband to end it in a loving way. For, if you stay in the relationship when it is not right for you, you will most likely start to act in unpredictable ways and the pain will grow more and more. Separate yourself from the situation, maybe go on a weekend meditation and nature retreat, because once you separate yourself, you won’t feel so inclined to guard your true feelings, whether they be in favor or not in favor of the relationship. In this safe place you’d have the freedom to feel, think and interpret your current state. I don’t know your affiliation, but if you do believe in higher energies, asking for guidance and being open to receiving can do wonders for your clarity in decision making (not mention feeling the boundless love that’s always ready for you!). I send my love to you, wherever you may be

  • Jen

    I am very much in the same shoes. it is to bits that i follow this. did you figure it out yet?

  • toni

    I’ve been with my bf for 3 years. He’s lovely, attentive; he makes me feel loved. We talk about things that just don’t fit between us, and we try to change. I’m starting to think that we’re just wasting each other’s time. I’m never going to be a tidy person that likes to spend time alone, and he’s never going to be a relaxed, calm person who likes company.

    It’s so hard to find the courage to face things head on though. I’m his first gf ever. We are living in a different country together…

  • Bethany Brown

    My question to you Anon is : Are you not feeling happy because you feel you don’t deserve it?
    It could be that you are not loving yourself enough. Do some self awareness and see what happens.

  • Iam Suttle

    Thank you Sharon and the countless commenters. I myself am in a similar situation. I’ve been dating my best friend of 10+ years for 3 years yesterday. I have also taken on the role of father to her three children (3,7,and 8) since the donor is an abusive alcoholic sociopath under a 3 yr pfa for shooting a gun off in the house with all 3 kids present. I love these children like they are my own. I love my gf too. But, I feel like we are not meant to be together. Like a kind of gut feeling whenever I sit and think about our relationship. I don’t find myself sexually attracted to her any more, actually if I think about it, the last time the thought of her sexually excited me, was before the first time we crossed the friend zone and had sex. I find myself looking forward to time spent apart, and when we are together I find myself becoming irritated at the mere sound of her voice. I’m very spiritual, and I try to be very positive. I have been trying to show her how to do the same for 3 years now and it just hasn’t sunk in. She’s so negative all the time. With her words, her worries and fears manifest daily in my life. I feel like she is stunting my spiritual growth and co creating a miserable existence for us. I’ve been second guessing our relationship since like the first month, but just chalked it up to the fact that I mentally put her in the friend zone for so many years and that was the reason that it felt so wrong. But I know now that we are not meant to be together. Problem is, I love her and I feel terrible leaving her or her children. Especially the children. They need me and the positivity that I try to instill in them. She’s never did anything wrong to me, and actually has treated me better than all of my other past gf’s. The thought of leaving her, brings up huge feelings of guilt. I just can’t bring myself to hurt her. But I know I must, if I’m ever to be truly happy again. Aggghhhhh!!!! Please someone send me some balls so I can make this decision final.

  • Aisha

    My boyfriend and I have been going out for a few weeks but while he seems totally in love, I’m still sitting here wondering if I made a bad choice. My friends have told me a few things about him and I’m getting worried. One of my close friends told me that he’s very desperate, and made advances on her before and didn’t take her no as an answer. That same friend told me that it took her a bit to be comfortable with her boyfriend so I could very well be the same way I’m just wondering how long I should wait before I tell myself it’s not happening?

  • thoughts

    Hi. I’m currently in a I believe 3 month relationship with this guy. He’s caring, good listener, and kind. But lately I have crawled back into my depression pit from stress and I feel like nothing is working. He’s a bit smothering which I think is the issue. I’ve told him time after time about but I don’t know if I am really committed into it. The only problem is he has won my kids hearts along with my parents. I would hate to feel like the bad guy if it came to that. Though my friend already told me that it isn’t their love life it’s mine, which I agree. Any advice?

  • youngfemale167

    Im 16 and facing exam time I was with my boyfriend for only 7 weeks but we where together pretty much all the time, he met most of my family and they liked him a lot , butt he was verry clingy and to much to handle, especially with exams its a little hard for me to face and verry stressful , even though he was really nice to me and he naught me everything I wanted I still felt like I didn’t wanna be with him, so I ended our relationship and he texts me 24/7 and says how much I mean to him but when I see him I really don’t wanna be with him , but when I’m not with him I sit and think that I’ve lost something great and chucked away something special, weird gut feeling. But there are so many things I don’t really like about him. This is my first proper relationship. (We did not do anything in this relationship. Sexual wise) please advice me????:(

  • shellz

    I wish i could escape from a relationship i am in..i feel in my gut he is wrong after 3 yrs but he is sooo nice to me i stay. His values are opposite to me and my son and dog dont like him. Im stuck. I have tried to break up 5x but he keeps coming baCk.