9 Signs It's Time To Take A Break In Your Relationship, According To Experts

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It's not unusual to go through a rough patch in your relationship, whether you don't get enough time to see each other, you're getting on each other's nerves, or you just feel a bit flat. But it can be difficult to tell when you're in a relationship rut or when there's a bigger problem. Because sometimes, you may need to take a step back and take a break in your relationship for a while.

"It's always better to try and talk your problems out with your partner," John Keegan, dating expert, tells Bustle. "But sometimes it's time take some space and see if you guys can come back in a fresh way and reset." That being said, taking a break in a relationship can turn into something more, so it's important to be aware of that.

"Often times, however, when people take a break that turns into a full breakup. So don't say things like 'I need a break' or 'let's break up' unless you really mean it. Because once you put them out there it begins to chip away at the fragile infrastructure of a relationship," Keegan says.

Sometimes though, you really do just need the space. How do you know when it's time to take a break in your relationship? Here's what relationship experts had to say.