If you’re in a relationship and your partner says they need space you might panic and that’s understandable. But there are others things you can do that are more useful.
1. Find out what it means
Needing space is such a generic expression that it may be confusing. Ask your partner what exactly it involves. Is it texting less? Is it spending more nights apart? Is it a breakup? Learning what they mean can help you plan your future accordingly.
2. Express your gratitude for their honesty
It may be difficult to admit, but if your partner says that they need space, it actually can be a good thing. Or at least better than just disappearing without any explanation whatsoever. So maybe it’s not a bad idea to thank them for their honesty.
3. Accept the situation
There’s nothing worse you can do than to try to change their mind or invade their privacy in search for answers. Give them the space they need and don’t make them feel guilty about needing it.
4. Get some “you time”
OK, this may not be the best of times for you, but it doesn’t mean that you cannot profit and enjoy some time alone yourself. Catch up on your reading, find a new hobby or spend more time with your friends. Anything is better than be mad about a situation that you cannot change.
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