The 5 Rules for Taking a Break in a Relationship (and Why They Work)

I was talking to a friend earlier this month who was taking a break in a relationship, and she confided that at first, her partner didn't realize that he couldn't just call and text her like he used to while they were taking time off. "He just didn't get it," she explained to me. That is, until she laid down some ground rules. And how did the break work for them? It allowed her to take a step back and realize that while he was a great guy, she didn't see a future with him. Although he was upset, in the long run, it's better for both of them, since not taking a break would have just prolonged the inevitable.

The experience above is one in which the duo decides to split ways, but that's not always the case post-break. "Many couples get back together again," confirms Kristin Davin, a psychologist in New York City. She does say that this all depends on how the couple lays out the guidelines for the break from the beginning so that they can both move forward with similar expectations. If you're curious about taking a break in a relationship and how to go about it the right way, keep reading.