“I need some space” might sound like the death knell for a loving relationship, but is it really that bad? It is important for us to realize that any two people in a relationship are always individuals first. You might have wanted to stick to each other constantly during the first flush of your romance. But now your relationship has matured and a change of scene might be called for. Letting your partner have space could seem like encouraging a gulf to widen between the two of you, but it could actually make your relationship more meaningful. Here’s why giving ‘space’ in a relationship doesn’t really deserve the bad rep that it has developed.
1. It Helps You Both Evolve
Do you love camping but your partner couldn’t survive half a day without modern plumbing? Insisting on doing everything with your partner could mean missing out on doing things that you’re passionate about for the sake of compromise. Taking the time to
2. You Can’t Fulfill Their Every Need
As much as you may want to, you can’t be everything your partner needs. Insisting that they should only turn to you always will only make them unhappy and you frustrated. Everyone has multiple needs and expecting one person to cater to all of them is unfair. If your partner wants to spend a few evenings with just their friends, don’t think of it as a personal insult. You’re probably the most important person to them, but you’re not the only person they need. Come to terms with that fact and you won’t feel
3. It Builds Trust
Ask anyone what they think is most important in a relationship and they’re more likely to choose trust over love. Loosening the reins in your relationship will give both of you a chance to develop a strong foundation of trust. Feelings of jealousy could prompt you to suffocate your partner with your presence by not letting them meet anyone else alone. Giving them space sends out a strong signal that you trust them and are secure in your relationship. When you realize that your partner still loves you as much, you won’t feel the need to shadow their every move anymore.
4. It Helps You Reconnect With Your Friends
Your friends were there for you much before your partner was. To completely push them aside just for the sake
5. You Will Cherish Your Time Together A Lot More
Spending every second in each other’s company could cause the two of you to take each other for granted. If you feel your relationship doesn’t have the same excitement it once did, making room for space could bring that feeling back again. By spending time away from each other, the two of you will begin to look forward to meeting again. You will start actively searching out
6. It Will Give You Perspective
If you and your partner are going through a rough patch, giving them space might be the last thing you’d want to do. When you’re already so fearful of losing them, how does it make sense to encourage them to take some time off? In the midst of your relationship woes, the two of you could be losing a sense of perspective. You might constantly be bickering over who left the toilet seat up, but ignoring the real issue at hand. Spending time away from each other will help you regain sight of what’s really important. It could help you realize that your issues are not important enough to lose your relationship over.