It’s often said that there’s no right time to break up. There’s always going to be something else you and your partner have to deal with that the breakup makes even harder. There’s always going to be something you looked forward to that you won’t get to do. And there's always going to be that nagging feeling that maybe you acted too soon. But even if all breakups suffer from bad timing, is the timing always equally bad? Or are there some times so inconvenient that you should hold off no matter what?
Typically, it’s best to break up as soon as you know you’re going to, Rhonda Milrad, LCSW, relationship therapist and founder of online relationship community Relationup, tells Bustle. "You need to give yourself time to mourn the relationship and be ready and available for another door to open," she says. "Staying in the relationship delays you from moving on. Once you decide that this relationship is not forever, you will stop caring and begin to shut down. Your attitude will change from 'how do we make this better' to 'I just don’t care anymore.'"
But there are a few exceptions to this rule. It's OK to stick around with your soon-to-be ex for a few days or weeks if that spares you both a truly awful breakup. Here are the most common situations where you should probably wait to break up.
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