5 Signs that Tell You When It’s Time to Leave a Relationship

Relationships can be tricky. They’re amazing when they’re going well but if something happens, or you’re on a rocky road, they can be painful. If you’ve been with someone a long time, you can start to get stuck in a routine. You might not necessarily notice the behaviour of your other half because it’s become the norm to you. Taking a step back and looking at your relationship from a different viewpoint can be really beneficial and help you to gain perspective on a scenario.

There is no ‘perfect’ relationship. Even the happiest of couples can have arguments, disagreements and temporary breakups. That’s life. But there is a time when you have to look at your relationship without rose-tinted glasses and see if those small arguments are actually escalating into massive rows. Sometimes, you have to leave a relationship and put yourself first to be happy. So, Psych2Go shares 5 signs that tell you when it’s time to leave a relationship.

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1) You’re consistently unhappy.

Any relationship, be it friends, family or romantic, should bring you happiness. You should look forward to seeing your partner, and enjoy spending time with them. Obviously, you can’t be constantly happy in a relationship because that’s not realistic. But you should feel supported, safe and loved. If you start to feel consistently unhappy, maybe it‘s time to ask yourself why. Maybe it’s you, or it may be your partner. It‘s good to understand why you’re feeling unhappy so you can either fix the problem or choose to leave. There is no shame to admit that your relationship is not offering you the same support and contentment that it once was.

2) You’re travelling on different paths.

Sometimes, you can start a relationship in one place. But as you grow, you can change mindsets. Long-term relationships can be amazing as you can grow and change with your partner, but sometimes you can grow and change at a different rate to your partner. If you’re moving in different directions to your partner, it can be difficult to navigate a relationship. Also, if you’re in a different place emotionally, you might not want the same things. In this case, it’s best for both of you to separate amicably. It’s a good thing to discuss what each of you wants from a relationship if you’re going to be serious about a partner.


3) Lack of support

In a relationship, support is key. You want to feel that your partner believes in what you’re doing and is behind you 100%. But if that support isn’t there, you can start to feel let down and unfulfilled. Emotional support is also really important. If you’re not feeling that in your relationship, it can be damaging and can affect your happiness. If you don’t feel like your partner is invested in you and is behind you all the way, then it might be time to consider having a conversation about your relationship with your partner.

4) Abuse of any sort

By this, I mean emotional, physical, sexual, financial, and so on. If your partner has abused you in any way, then that is a clear sign you should, at least, consider leaving. Abuse is very damaging, and the abuser can often try and convince you to stay in the relationship. If this is the case, you should leave for your own safety. It can be very difficult to leave a relationship like that, but there are hotlines available to contact should you need to. Here is the link to a document with the number of any hotlines should you feel you need to use them. Remember, you’re not alone in this.

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5) Lack of trust

The foundation of all relationships should be trust. The trust between you and your partner should be strong. If it isn’t, that could mean you doubt their actions. As a result, this could possibly lead to jealousy. If you don’t trust your partner, you could work on it and try to rebuild it. Losing trust is often a sign that something is wrong within your relationship, and you’ll need to address it. However, if you’re past the rebuilding phase (maybe your partner betrayed your trust too many times), ending the relationship could be a possibility. There is no shame admitting you can’t be with someone you don’t fully trust. It’s all about what makes you happy.

What do you think?

Have you had to make this decision? What signs made you leave? Psych2Go would love to know! Be sure to leave a comment below!

If you enjoyed this article then you may also like 5 Dating Tips For People With Social Anxiety or 5 Ways to Ask an Introvert Out


Margaret Paul, M. (26th November 2013) 10 Ways to Know It’s Time to Leave Your Relationship. HuffPost. Retrieved 30th May 2018.


Edited by Viveca Shearin

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  1. These are so valuable to hear, yet so difficult to practice. My partner is bipolar so the threshold for tolerance and leaving is exponentially greater. Great advice.

    1. Hi Christopher,

      I agree, that’s why I wanted to write the article. It’s so easy for me to write a list and tell someone to leave a relationship but can be so difficult for them to actually do it. My hope in writing it was to encourage or give hope to anyone in any of these situation that they are also aloud to think of their own feelings and do what’s best for them. I’m sorry to hear about your partner, bipolar can be a very difficult illness to live with, for both you and your partner. I wish you all the best:)

  2. Hey, thanks for posting.

    This was really useful as I am currently going through an abusive relationship. Funnily enough, I thought that this was the guy I wanted to marry, but the last 8 months has been a daunting experience, it’s been horrific. His personality has completely changed, his route has changed (probably cheating on me) and his attitude has been foul.

    Before he was completely fine, but now he’s just become nasty and has even hit me a few times.. (not kidding).

    I am just pucking up the courage to end my relationship with him, and I am going to do it very soon and move on with my life. This post really helped me make a decision.

    Thank you xx

    1. Hi Susie,

      I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m glad my article was useful for you. I’m so so glad you are removing yourself from that situation. Nobody deserves to be treated that way and certainly not to face physical abuse. Thank you for being so brave and sharing your story, hopefully it might encourage someone in the same position to find the courage to leave their relationship or seek help. I wish you all the best and hope you can find someone who loves and supports you throughout your relationship:)xx

  3. This is a great article Ash – so much of it really spoke to me. I think if you are experiencing even just one of the points you’ve highlighted, it suggests that you should probably leave the relationship! I have heard of very few relationships who can survive a lack of trust or abuse of any kind.

    1. Hi Deb,

      Thank you. I’m glad you connected with the article, that’s what motivates me and pushes me forward. I agree, sometimes it is best to accept that you’re not happy and move on. Lack of trust is a massive factor in any form of relationship and I too haven’t come across a relationship who can survive with it.

  4. the problem is some people they don’t cultivate the seed of love in the right soil . love is the same as the plant , when its in the right soil its growing to grow and bloom if you keep water it .

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