5 Ways to Break Up

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

After dating someone for some time, you might find that the two of you want different things, and because of this, you might decide that it is time to break up with your partner. So, how do you approach this type of situation? What do you need to do? Though the answers may be different for everyone, here are a few suggestions.

1. Talk to the person face-to-face.

The best way and most accepted way to break up with someone would be to do it person to person. This gives the other person a chance to ask questions if he or she needs to. It also gives you the chance to let the other person know why you feel the way that you do and how it will benefit both of you.

2. Write a letter.

If the other person already knows that you want to break up with him or her but doesn't accept it, then try writing a letter to him or her to finalize the deal. This might give you the chance to vocalize your feelings and clear up any questions that he or she might have before you go your separate ways.

3. Talk over the phone.

If you know that you want to break up and you are not comfortable being in the same room with the other person during this transition, try talking over the phone. This leaves the lines of communication open during this process so both of you can ask the questions that you need to ask and find yourself on the same page.

4. Text the other person.

This isn't a great way to break up with someone. It is impersonable and cold, and it might leave the two of you on bad terms if you aren't already. Try to avoid this process if necessary, but if you do text to end things, you might want to expect your friendship with the person to be over too.

5. Have a friend tell the other person that it is over.

Again, this is not the best way to break up with someone, but in some situations, you might choose to do this, especially in ones where you know that there might be a huge fight after you end things. Know that by doing this the other person might not have closure, and the other person might seek you out so he or she can clarify the terms in which the two of you broke up.

Breaking up can be hard, but finding the best way to break up can be even harder. You want to consider what type of relationship you want to have with the other person before moving forward. Know that some methods are better than others, especially if you are trying to maintain a friendship and consider whether or not you want to give the other person closure regarding the situation so he or she can move on to the next chapter of his or her life without wondering why things didn't work out.

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Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue writes lifestyle articles.

Omaha, NE

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