Looking for love can be a long, complicated process. Once you’ve found someone who comes close to being the person you could see yourself spending the rest of your life with, it’s tempting to stop there and ignore red flags. Don’t let desperation lure you into a commitment that may be all wrong for you. Getting out of a bad relationship gets much more difficult once you’ve invested your time and heart. Before you invest too much, take a moment to thoughtfully analyze your interactions with your new love to see if this is right for you. Here are some ways to tell whether you made the right decision.
1. You fight all the time
Does every conversation end in arguing followed by two days of the silent treatment? If you’ve made efforts to improve your communication, but nothing has changed, save yourself the trouble and cut your losses. The chronic stress produced by consistent bickering is bad for your health and it’s just simply no way to live.
“The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including anxiety, depression, digestive problems, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain, and memory and concentration impairment,” say Mayo Clinic researchers.