When your relationship hits a rough patch, it can become hard to tell whether it's just a temporary hurdle or if it's time for a breakup. Although everyone has their own breaking points, there are some differences between a relationship rut and the end of a relationship. Just because the going gets tough doesn't always mean it's time to move on, but if your dating troubles don't seem to improve, it may signify the end is near. Recognizing certain relationship patterns can help you understand when to push through and when to pull the plug.
"It is key to recognize when you’re in a relational rut — versus when the relationship is headed toward a breakup — because if you’re in a rush to misread the signs of a rut, you may prematurely end what could be an incredible relationship," licensed psychologist Kate Balestrieri, Psy.D., CSAT-S, tells Bustle. "You may misinterpret opportunities for growth — for you, your partner and the relationship — if you are quick to rush toward the end. Slow down, and ask yourself, 'Is it really over, or is this salvageable?'"
Here are seven interesting differences between being in a relationship rut and nearing the end of your relationship, according to experts.