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    Matthew Frank

    What to Do When a Partner Suddenly Stops Loving You?

    The moment when you realize your partner has stopped loving you is one of the deepest, most painful feelings imaginable. It’s not just the shock that your relationship isn’t what it once was ─ it’s also the insecurity, confusion and fear that come with understanding that someone you once held so close has pulled away from you. These inescapable emotions can be hard to bear and often makes it difficult to find clarity about how to properly address the situation.

    One of the first steps to helping yourself recover from this painful experience is to allow yourself to grieve. It’s completely understandable if you’re feeling overwhelmed by this loss, both emotionally and psychologically. Allow yourself to let go of any guilt that arises around the situation ─ it’s never healthy to take on blame for things that are beyond your control. Instead approach this new chapter with a renewed sense of empathy for yourself and anyone around you who you’ve talked to about this issue. Take time to reflect on the relationship and try to actively channel any relevant learnings into positive paths forward.

    After tending to your emotions and overall wellbeing, turn your attention outward. Start by thinking carefully and realistically about the current state of your relationship. Self-reflection is a powerful tool and can allow you to analyze the situation honestly and without sabotaging yourself. Make sure to thoughtfully consider any behavior or decisions that you may have contributed to this difficult situation and consider making changes or taking a break as needed. This can often include taking some time by yourself to reflect on the situation, to allow for intense communication if both parties are willing, or to make adjustments in hopes of saving the relationship if both parties are exemplary and mature.

    Seek out the proper help. Consider talking to a therapist or marriage counselor to more efficiently navigate through the complications of your illness, as well as a support group. Talking with friends and family can create a safe space for further self-expression and clarity-finding. Consulting members of these groups can provide outside perspectives that are extremely helpful in this delicate subject matter. Remember, an impartial outside perspective can bring a lot of insight, which can, in turn, create a clear destination on the path to peace.

    Finally, remember that recovery is a continuous process. Divorce, the end of a long-term relationship, or even the prospect of making a huge change in your life can take time. Don't rush or sabotage yourself ─ take your time to go through each step, allowing yourself to process this sensitive transition at your own pace and with as much understanding and grace as possible.

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