Every relationship goes through its fair share of ups and downs. But when your lows outweigh the highs and the distance begins to grow, could that signify the beginning of the end? You may be left wondering, "is there still hope for my relationship, or if it's a lost cause?"
For the most part, people don't go into relationships wanting it to end some day. You enter into a committed partnership with the hope that eventually it will lead to something long-lasting. And when things start to seem like they won't work out, making that decision to end a relationship can be difficult.
When you invest a lot of time and energy into something, like a long-term relationship, you want to see it pay off or else it may just seemed like a big waste of time. That's probably why the longer you've been with someone, the harder it is to let go. Sometimes, the hope that things will get better may be the only thing keeping you two together.
But should you really call it quits or should you stick it out? Before you make any decisions to end it completely, take a step back and reflect a bit. According to marriage and family therapist, Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT, these are some critical signs that there's still hope for your relationship: