Eight Hints That Your Relationship Might Be Over
Drunk in love? Meh… not so much.
We've all been there. A one night stand with that mate you sort-of fancied turned into a friends with benefits situation and then, suddenly, three years later you're slumped on the compromise sofa you bought from Ikea and you definitely love each other but there's a massive question mark hanging over your relationship - are you actually in love anymore?
At times like this, it's worth asking yourself: What would Vicky Pattison off of Judge Geordie do? Seriously. The Geordie lass might be many things, but she's not one to put up with a situation she's not happy in. And if you're not happy, you need to fix it… or ditch it.
#1 You Don't Talk Anymore
Remember those glory days when you could communicate with funny noises and eyebrow wiggles and all your friends hated it because the cuteness made them want to hurl? But now you spend your evenings checking Twitter, grunting at each other and barely making eye contact. It's not the best, is it?
#2 You Don't Shag Anymore
Sex is a bit awks. Some people like to do a lot of it. Some… not so much. But sex is also the thing that separates a friendship from something else. If you don't want to tear your bae's clothes off even every once in a while, or you'd rather you'd rather spend your evenings alone with a laptop and a XXX subscription, you probably have a problem.
#3 You Don't Do Anything Anymore
Remember when Thursday night was Date Night? You had picnics in the park and cuddled in the cinema and went to museums. When was the last time you did ANY of that? We all love watching Geordie Shore, but it's not exactly romantic together time, is it?
#4 You Want To Shag Other People
Whether it's a plate of chips, a double gin and tonic, or the hottie behind the bar, everybody faces temptation sometimes. And to be fair, a lot of people are very happily living polyamorously. But if you're not one of them, or that was never the deal in your relationship, or even if you've changed your mind and want commitment - dude, you've got a decision to make.
#5 You Argue ALL THE TIME
Your rows used to be a bit of banter - all eye-rolling and indulgent smiles and playful. But now they're getting a bit nasty. There's name calling. And not the funny imaginative sort. This is not good.
#6 You Don't Really Like Each Other
You're in that place where you can't quite remember why you were attracted to each other in the first place. The fact that he leaves the toilet seat up or she doesn't clean up her toenail clippings actually makes you angry - like forks-in-eyes, steam-from-ears, hulk-like-rage angry. GET. OUT. NOW.
#7 You're Reluctant To Make Future Plans
Tbh, if you're not planning ahead together, you're probably not planning to be together. If you don't want your boo by your side at that wedding in six months time, or on that dream trip to India, or even at your next birthday, what's the point?
#8 Your Days Of Making Effort Are A Distant Memory
We're not talking brush your hair, clean your teeth kind of effort - everybody should always have good hygiene. But if the sexy underwear is gathering dust at the back of a drawer, you're more interested in snuggling up with your creepy stuffed toy collection at bedtime, or cutesy, kiss-filled texts have been replaced with something more milk-related, you've clearly moved out of the love-zone to relationship purgatory.