I get it: Dating is exhausting. Whether you just got out of a long-term relationship or you're tired of swiping left and right, it's normal to feel like you need to take a break from dating. Maybe you're no longer motivated to continue dating, or you're just tired of the routine. Either way, dating may have been something that once brought you joy, and that now doesn't, which means that in true Marie Kondo fashion, it may be time to throw it out. (For a little bit.)
If dating has been stressing you out more often than not lately, you may want to consider taking a break — just until you feel ready to get back out there. "It is totally OK to take a pause from dating," Shula Melamed, MA, MPH, and well-being coach, tells Elite Daily. "A lot of people feel pressure to always be out there constantly and that if they snooze even for a second, they will lose. The truth is you need to build in self-care when pursuing relationships just as you need to build it in other areas of your life. It is beneficial for you to bring your best, most energized and cared for self to the table — if you need to take a break to do this, so be it."
If you're not sure if you need to take a break, well, "the mind is really good at convincing you of things that aren't real, but inside, you know the truth," Whitney Miller, relationship coach, tells Elite Daily. "Is dating fun? Is it inspiring growth or clarity?" If the answer is no to either of those questions, and you've noticed the below four things about yourself lately, it may be time to press pause on dating.