You may think love triangles are entertaining when you see them at the movies or on TV. They're much less fun in real life, and you're liable to wind up breaking your heart and wasting your time. So, why do these relationships develop in the first place? It's usually by accident. Your ex comes back into the picture but unknowingly to you, they are seeing someone else. You start chatting with multiple contacts on a dating app and find you have romantic feelings for more than one. Even worse, you may find out that the partner you thought was monogamous has been unfaithful. There are so many scenarios why a relationship can go haywire.
How can you protect yourself from these kinds of complications? That's a great question! Personally, I don't think you can. Trust, it may take one to destroy a relationship, but it takes two to make it work. I did a little research, and you can try these ideas for ending a love triangle and preventing new ones. Or maybe you're prepared to wait it out and see what happens. Perhaps you're one of those couples who can heal and recover from infidelity. Otherwise, it's probably time to leave an unhealthy situation so that you can make room in your heart for a new love. But remember, never give up on love. There is someone for everyone. In my case, I may have to wait a little longer for my King.
Let's try these tips to end complications in our life:
First, you have to make up your mind. Procrastinating or living in denial holds you back from making positive changes. Face the facts. Tell your partner why you're leaving, and stick to your resolution. Walking away is one of the hardest things to do when you're in love with someone, but you must think about your mental being. But, be objective. It can be challenging to see past your emotions when your heart is involved. What advice would you give to a friend going through the same thing?
Another hard one is cutting off all contact, but it's a must. You'll reduce stress and recover faster if you avoid interacting at least temporarily. That includes social media and other online activities too. It would help if you stayed busy. While you're healing, distractions can provide some relief. Find a new hobby or redecorate your home. Join a gym or take cooking classes. Take that vacation you were always planning. There's some activity you must love, do it.
Think positive. Look on the bright side. Focus on the things you have to look forward to instead of dwelling on the past. Try meditation. Meditation induces self-worth and confidence in individuals, and they take life's hurdles as challenges to overcome. Meditation induces patience, enabling an individual to tolerate obstacles in occupational and personal life.
How do you prevent love triangles? One-third of Americans have been in a love triangle. While these entanglements are common, you can reduce your risks. Keep these strategies in mind:
Examine your role. Take responsibility for how you contributed to the situation. Ask yourself what attracts you to unhealthy relationships, especially if this seems to be a pattern. There are always two sides to a story. Know your story and what actions you could have avoided. I am not saying that you must blame yourself because your partner cheated or lied to you about having other partners, but taking the time to see where you missed the signs could have avoided the heartache.
Communicate honestly. Let others know if you want to pursue more than one relationship at a time. That way, they can make their own informed decisions, and you can avoid the burden of keeping secrets.
Build support. You may be less vulnerable to love triangles if you cultivate other relationships. Spend time with family and friends and stay in touch even when you're dating someone new. It's not healthy to want to spend every waking moment with your partner.
Pace yourself. Give yourself time to get to know a potential romantic partner. Slowing down will make it easier for you to spot any signs that they may be involved with someone else or otherwise unavailable. There are always signs; sometimes, we choose to ignore them. But we must open our eyes to the truth if we want a healthy relationship.
Resist comparisons. Do you keep thinking about your ex while trying to start dating again? Keeping a journal may help you to remember your incompatibilities and stop glamorizing the past. I am so guilty of this, but I must remember that the person I love will never change, at least not for me. When dating, we must remember that each person has a different personality, and we must treat each person as an individual, not the person from our past.
Practice self-care. Breakups are stressful times. Put extra effort into looking after yourself. Eat a nutritious diet and work out regularly. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. I try to walk or ride my bike about five days a week; it clears my head and helps me sleep at night.
Consider counseling. Talking with a professional may help you search for more insights and coping strategies. Ask your primary physician for a referral or check your insurance plan to find a provider in your network. Never be ashamed to ask for help. Getting another perspective can sometimes help us get through a difficult time. Plus, you don't want to take old issues into a new relationship, and it's not fair to that person trying to have a genuine connection with you.
Romantic relationships can be challenging enough without competing for someone's affection. Say goodbye to love triangles to enjoy true love and greater peace of mind. I will never give up on love; I know someone is out there waiting to love and respect me the way I deserve. I know I am a good person and bring to the table a lot. I am strong, dedicated, committed, and hardworking, and I will be number one in someone's life who wants to build a life together. And you can too.