Ending a Relationship

Breaking up is never easy. Never! Probably the only thing worse than being dumped is being the person about to do the dumping. So, how do you break the news without looking or feeling like a jerk? What are some appropriate ways to end a relationship?

You may feel pressure from your friends and family to just break up and move on, but we know it is never that simple. Here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about breaking up:

Ending an unhealthy or abusive relationship is not like ending a healthy relationship. Your abusive partner may not accept the break up or respect your boundaries. They may try to control you through guilt trips, threats or insults. It may be very difficult to have a peaceful or mutual breakup with an abusive partner. Just know that as long as YOU are ok with the decision, it is okay if your partner is not. If you are thinking of ending your relationship, consider these tips:


Just because an unhealthy or abusive relationship is over, does not mean the risk of relationship violence is too. Use these tips to stay safe after ending your relationship:


It may not be obvious at first, but everything you put behind you only makes room for exciting changes in your life. Instead of spending time being stuck in a rut (and remembering what you are trying to forget), get creative and do something new! Also, remember what made you happy before the relationship. Were there things that you loved to do, but stopped because of your partner?

If you find yourself getting hung up on old memories, stay strong and remember how you felt when you made this decision. You do not have to put up with that anymore and you can be fully in control of your own life again. Looks like the single life might not be so bad after all!

And remember - When you end a relationship, even if you are the one who wanted to end it, it can feel like your heart is being ripped out of your chest. But even though at the time it feels like you’ll never feel alright again, you will eventually.

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