How to tell someone you need space

• What’s the best way to tell someone you need space in the relationship?

Rachel Elder, LMHC:

Focus on the positive need for space. What does having some space in the relationship from your partner do for you? Does it help you take time to care for yourself so you can care for them well? Does it help you feel more connected with your partner when you can have some time apart? Whatever the positive need is, that is what you want to communicate with your partner. “I feel more desire and connection when I am able to have some time for myself and have the ability to miss you. I would like to take the weekend for myself, etc.” We often communicate what we want to stop or eliminate from the relationship, but we really need to communicate the positive change or need we have.

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