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Dating can get to the point of being exhausting and unpleasant. These are the signs that tell you that you need to take a break.

Single life has many challenges. Surely if you are single you have experienced – and if you are not you have heard from your serial dating single friends – incredible stories. Some for laughs and some for tears. Often, singles ‘ search for a partner, with one failed date after another leaves them feeling stressed, tired, and frustrated by the process. That’s when it’s time to take a break , suggests Sabrina Zohar, dating coach, entrepreneur, and host of the Do The Work podcast devoted to dating, stress management , and personal development.

But what does it mean to take a break from dating?

It assumes that you will delete all dating apps from your mobile phone , but will you remain available for a surprise acquaintance? The important thing according to Zohar is to always keep in mind the reasons why you are taking the break. “Taking a break doesn’t mean you give up trying to find a partner ,” she clarifies. And he continues: “It simply means that in that particular moment you focus on your emotional health , set other priorities and redefine yourself so that you come back with a new perspective. Consciously taking a break from dating can turn into a very useful experience .’

What are the 5 signs that you should take a break from dating according to Sabrina Zohar

#1 You feel emotionally drained

The process of finding a partner and dating is supposed to be fun. After all, it is an opportunity to meet and connect with new people . But if you start experiencing unpleasant feelings and feel that the process is starting to become exhausting, it’s probably time to take a break. Instead of trying another date, take time to de-stress and invest in your mental well-being. Continuing to date when you’re not feeling well will only make you feel worse .

#2 You don’t see the situation clearly

When you’re in the midst of searching , you can lose sight of the big picture and become disoriented about what you’re looking for. “If you feel uncertain about what you want in a relationship or repeatedly attract the wrong partners, take a step back so you can see more clearly,” notes Zohar. Use this time to reflect on your past dating experiences, spot any patterns, and get a better understanding of what you want with the help of a close friend or therapist .

#3 You feel like you have low self-esteem

Small dating rejections can prove to be a big blow to your self-confidence . If you feel that something like this is happening to you, a break is necessary to regroup and regain her outside the dating field. This may be the time to invest in other kinds of relationships – friendships, family – or achievements that can boost your self-esteem. It’s also a great time to invest in self-care.


5 signs that you should stop dating

Illustration: Eleni Kastrinoyannis


#4 You feel pressure and stress

Yes, the dating circuit can often be difficult and stressful “especially if you’re looking for validation through the process,” says Zohar. If stress and pressure become intense, a break can provide relief and allow you to focus on other aspects of your life. Reconnect with who you are and what you want, to free yourself from the desperate attempt to live up to other people’s expectations.

#5 You want to work on your personal development

According to Zohar, if you focus on your personal growth you are more likely to attract people into your life who better match your values, needs and life path. To approach these people, you must first understand what you really want, which requires distance and a break. Doing things that give you joy and satisfaction reminds you that you are a complete person, regardless of whether you have a partner or not.

How to make the most of your break

Always keep your motivation in mind

Understanding “why” you are on a break will help you stay firm in your decision.

Set clear boundaries

Will you delete dating apps? Will you avoid social situations that have to do with dating? Share these limits with your friends too, so they understand what phase you’re in so they can help you.

Spend time on self-care

Find time to reconnect with yourself and the things that bring you joy.

Seek support

Don’t keep it inside. Support can come from your friends, family, even a therapist or rather especially a therapist.

Learn from the past

See how you can break your patterns and approach your future dates with a new, healthier mindset.

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