If Your Partner Ever Does These 9 Things To You, They Probably Have One Foot Out The Door

As scary as it might seem, it's normal for a long-term relationship to change over time: we're all constantly growing as individuals, so it makes sense that our relationships will evolve with us — and that doesn't have to be a negative thing. If you're in a healthy relationship, even after you leave the honeymoon phase, you'll grow together and become even stronger with time, no matter what life throws at you. Unfortunately, not every couple is meant to stay together through all of life's ups and downs, and it can be super difficult to recognize (and painful to acknowledge) the signs your partner wants to end the relationship.

"It can be so difficult to face that your partner is giving off signs they are no longer fully committed," Evie Shafner, LMFT & Couples Therapist, tells Bustle. "The fear or pain around may make us... ignor[e] the neon signs in front of us. But facing the truth of what is going on, perhaps the truth our gut is in touch with but our conscious mind is denying, is crucial. That is the only way we can open the door to finding the person we can go the distance with."

It's never easy to realize that your relationship is one-sided (or has become that way over time), but it's important to be attuned to what your relationship is really like, and ask yourself if that's what you want in a lifelong partner. If you're worried that your partner is pulling away, here are nine signs that could mean your partner has one foot out the door of the relationship.