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Being in love or in a relationship, in general, can be very rewarding, but it can also be exhausting. Relationship exhaustion is a very real thing, and it’s about time we talked about it.

For those who do not know, relationship exhaustion is basically something that that happens when you lose interest in your relationship, or it begins/ends up taking too much out of you. This could happen for a number of reasons, and it shouldn’t be ignored. When this kind of thing comes up, if we do not work through it and deal with it properly, breaking up is seemingly inevitable.

Below, I am going to go over some of the signs that you may be facing relationship exhaustion. If these signs are present, you and your partner need to sit down and work through the issues at hand. If you do not make changes together for the better, you will likely end up going your separate ways or remaining miserable in the long-run.

7 Signs You’re Facing Relationship Exhaustion:

1. You’re in serious need of alone time.

Being with your partner is not something you want to do. You find yourself making excuses to be alone and trying to spend as little time with him/her as possible. While you might not necessarily want to break up, you really want some space.

2. You find yourself avoiding intimacy big time.

When it comes to intimacy, you’re just not into it right now. You don’t want to be all over your partner or have him/her all over you. The idea in itself might even go so far as to make you cringe.

3. You just don’t want to do anything/are literally exhausted.

Relationships can be exhausting and if you’re working through too much, you could become literally exhausted as well. This kind of thing doesn’t just take a mental toll, it can also take a physical one. That in itself should not be ignored.

4. The idea of being single really doesn’t bother you.

Sometimes, when we are burned out when it comes to relationships, we find ourselves thinking about what it would be like to be single. We hype up the idea, even if we don’t know if that’s what we want as a whole. The more you’re thinking about the single life, the more aware you should be that there is a clear issue present in your relationship.

5. You’re far too worried about your partner to worry about yourself.

If you’re facing relationship exhaustion from having to worry about your partner too much, you need to sit and talk things out. You matter just as much as your partner does, and you need to remember that. You can’t be there for him/her if you’re not even being there for yourself.

6. You don’t feel like you can be yourself around your partner.

When it gets to this point, unless huge changes are made, things won’t work out. You need to be able to be yourself around your partner, and the more you withdrawal in this manner, the harder it will be to get back on track. This kind of thing can stem from many different areas, and you might be overthinking whether you want to accept it or not.

7. You find your partner to be very irritating/annoying, whether they’re trying to be or not.

When we are exhausted from our relationships, we tend to be more on edge and irritable. You may find things your partner does to be extremely frustrating, even when they’re not big issues. This is just everything small building up into something enormous, basically.