By: Natasha Archary
If you feel like you’re in a dead-end relationship, it may be time for you to reassess your love life.
This Tuesday on Kaya Drive, Sizwe Dhlomo and his team broke down what it means to be in a dead-end relationship.
Maybe you’ve been with someone for years and there’s no sign of commitment on the horizon. Or you’re stifled in an unhappy marriage or ‘situationship’ because you have kids. Either way, a relationship that’s going nowhere slowly is not doing either of you any good.
All relationships start off with that heady rush of eager optimism as you’re swept off your feet and going through life with your rose-tinted glasses on. But once the honeymoon phase is over and the novelty of being in this relationship sets in, you may feel like making an emergency U-turn.
Defining a dead-end relationship
A dead-end relationship simply means one that cannot and is not moving forward. You’re stuck in a proverbial rut and it feels like any effort fails.
Your relationship is a routine, one of convenience perhaps or one you both feel obligated by due to responsibilities.
The bottom line is that one or both of you have hit the brakes on your future together and your relationship has now come to a standstill.
Auto-piloting your way through has the potential to lead one of you to cheat as boredom sets in and you stop sharing your life with your partner.
Regardless of how well you know your partner, there’s always room to learn and grow together, the question is do you want to put in the effort? Whether your relationship is brand new or you’ve been together for a few years, it still takes time and effort to maintain what you have.
5 reasons you shouldn’t stay in a dead-end relationship
You start to lose confidence in yourself. Especially if your partner no longer wants to be physically intimate, it can take a toll on one’s self-esteem.
There’s a lack of trust between you because there’s a breakdown or no communication. Because you stop sharing details about your day, plans, life with them, the foundation of trust is no longer there.
No relationship is perfect but one that is conflict heavy is not healthy. If it feels like you’re both constantly walking on eggshells just to avoid another unnecessary argument or if your home no longer feels safe, is it worth sticking around?
If you’re with someone who has different values than you do it could mean one of you will need to compromise on your beliefs or how you raise your children. Couples who are unwilling to compromise often resent each other.
When you visualise your future, is your current partner in it? Can you see yourself growing old alongside each other or see your partner as a parent to your children? Do you have a shared vision for life that you can both work towards? If the answer is no, then you need to consider it may be a sign of a dead-end relationship.
Also read: Kaya Drive: Decoding the dating excuses