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You may be in a relationship where at least one of you is no longer interested in being together. So, what do you do?
A healthy relationship requires trust, connection, and understanding. It also has to be interesting and exciting. All of these take effort to develop and maintain. So, if you are serious about your relationship it’s worth taking the time to focus on building a loving relationship and keeping it fun and exciting.
In this article, you will learn about the causes of a deteriorating relationship and what you can do when you or your partner are losing interest.
What Does It Mean to Lose Interest in a Relationship?
Losing interest in a relationship means that you no longer see how this relationship contributes to your life in any positive and meaningful way. Nor are you excited to spend time together.
Stages of Losing Interest in a Relationship
- You are uncomfortable about some aspect of your relationship, your partner’s behaviour or how you feel in this relationship.
- You do the best you can to work things out to have a healthy relationship and enjoy time with your partner.
- Finally, you are not able to sort out the problems in your relationship and feel powerless to do anything about it.
The last stage can last a long time where the relationship isn’t healthy. You no longer interested in fixing the problems and you are pretty much just tolerating each other.
Your tolerance and circumstances determine how long you will be suffering in a toxic relationship or when you will decide to end it and move on.
Why People Lose Interest in Their Relationship?
Some relationships start based on physical attraction alone without consideration of emotional or intellectual compatibility. Unless a couple share common interests or develops a strong emotional connection. The physical attraction is going to be short lived. If physical intimacy was the only thing that kept you together after is gone you have nothing left.
Likewise, some couples start a relationship because they get on well and have fun together. But, that too is not sustainable. Unless both partners have the interest to learn about each other and the flexibility to coexist together in a shared environment.
A relationship can also start as a fling where people just go with it. While it’s great for the relationship to develop naturally, a healthy relationship requires a certain degree of effort, connection and understanding in order to make it work.
A relationship that is unhealthy, full of conflicts, lacking connection and understanding is not something a person would be interested to stay in. It’s not a sustainable relationship. Losing interest is one of the signs of an unhealthy relationship.
What causes someone to lose interest in a relationship
- Your relationship is a routine
- The relationship becomes boring
- You no longer have interesting conversations
- You are not doing activities together
- You no longer have fun, nor enjoy your time together
- You have many problems and have no necessary understanding to fix them
- This relationship doesn’t fulfil your need for connection and understanding
Fear of Losing Interest in a Relationship
The fear of losing interest in a relationship comes from insecurity about your partner losing interest in you or in your relationship.
If you have fear of losing interest in your relationship and you don’t address it. It could become a more serious problem. By realising where this fear is coming form you will be able to bring awareness to the cause. You then, be able to talk to your partner so you can both work it out.
What Happens When You Lose Interest in Your Relationship?
When you lose interest in your relationship it can manifest as you:
- No longer wanting to to spend time with your partner
- Drifting apart
- Having arguments for no apparent reason
- Ignoring your partner
- Having an unhealthy communication or a lack of communication
If you feel this way, you have three options:
- You either try to spice up your relationship
- You stay in a boring relationship
- You end your relationship
Signs You are Losing Interest in Your Relationship
Signs that You are Losing Interest in Your Relationship
- Feeling that being in this relationship doesn’t contribute to your life
- You don’t want to spend time working out the issues in your relationship
- You think that you’d be better off out of this relationship
- This relationship keeps you away from doing the things you enjoy with people you like
- You feel that this relationship is holding you back in life
- You spend most of the time arguing, rather than sharing happy moments
- You feel sexually frustrated
While you might be over the moon in your relationship, you may find that your partner is the one who is losing interest in you or your relationship.
Signs You Are Losing Interest in Your Partner
- You’re no longer looking forward to seeing your partner
- You have boring conversations
- You try to avoid communicating with your partner often
- You are not excited to know anything about your partner
- You would cancel a date with your partner if something else comes up
- There is little interest on having physical intimacy
- You don’t feel connected to your partner anymore
Signs that Your Partner Is Losing Interest in Your Relationship
- They are not open or willing to work out the issues you may have in your relationship
- They avoid talking about their feelings and listen to what’s going on inside of you
- They don’t make an effort to go on dates or visit you
- They don’t consider getting more serious in the relationship like moving in or living together
Signs that Your Partner Is Losing Interest in You
- They don’t communicate with you as often as they used to
- Your partner avoids having meaningful conversations
- When you talk to your partner, they keep their conversations short
- Your partner avoids talking about feelings or the relationship
- They no longer ask you about your goals or the important things in your life.
What to Do When You Are Losing Interest in Your Relationship?
Trying to maintain a healthy relationship for a long time can be challenging. Particularly, if you start feeling unfulfilled, bored or unappreciated in your relationship.
While you are still okay with your partner, you may feel that this relationship is no longer contributing to your life. It’s not like you are upset with your partner or have bad feelings about them. In this case, you may feel like your relationship is not going anywhere.
Sometimes, couples remain in limbo. They don’t feel like staying together is right for them, but they also don’t feel like breaking up.
This situation usually develops slowly and over time. So, it can be hard to be decisive all of a sudden. But there’s also no point wasting any more of your time. You can try to revive your relationship or to let it go.
As always, the best thing you can do is to express how you feel to your partner. When you do, you may find that your partner feels the same, and you may agree to remain friends. You may also encounter resistance from your partner because they may not feel the same way as you.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you have lost interest in your relationship, and it’s no longer contributing to your life. It’s unhealthy for you, your partner, and your relationship to do nothing about it.
Depending on the reasons why you or your partner are losing interest in each other or your relationship, you may choose to:
- Reflect on your relationship
- Talk about it
- Identify the problems
- Find solutions
- Choose to let it go
If you’re losing interest because your relationship is getting boring. There are ways you can spice it up a little with fun trips, dates, online games, gifts and care packages.
Ending a Relationship When You Lose Interest
When your feelings have changed, you drifted apart, or something hasn’t been working for a while, there is no point keeping the relationship going. It may be healthier for both of you to end the relationship than carrying on struggling for no reason.
How Do You Know When It Is time to End a Relationship?
If your partner’s feelings towards you changed, or they have developed feelings for someone else, you should respect that and let them go. Trying to maintain a relationship with someone who doesn’t have strong feelings towards you is unhealthy.
Both of you would be better off ending this relationship and giving each other the opportunity to find other people to be with.
In any case, it’s worth talking to your partner and try to fix the problems in your relationship. Share how you feel, and together you can find a way forward that works for both of you.
How to End a Relationship?
- Identify what is not working
- Talk to your partner and see if both of you are still interested in making it work
- See if you can solve your issues
- Get some professional help if you are struggling to figure out what’s going on
- By talking to your partner you may realise that you just need to have some time apart, in which case it’s ok to end your relationship.
Moving on from a Relationship
After a break up it’s worth taking some time to reflect on your relationship to see what worked well and what didn’t. You can learn a lot this way, and it will help you avoid doing the same mistakes and make better decisions in the future.
If you are trying to maintain a relationship without having fun and joy, soon you’ll get tired of it and lose interest. When you lose interest in your relationship, it can be time to spice it up, or it can be a red flag that your relationship is coming to an end.
When a a relationship lasts a long time, it’s normal for things to get a bit boring. Either you or your partner may lose interest in your relationship.
The critical thing to do is to understand the reason why you or your partner is losing interest. If one of you no longer has the same feelings towards each other or developed feelings for someone else, then it would be healthier to end your relationship.
If you decide to end your relationship, you should do it together. Also, it doesn’t have to be all pain and sorrow. You can be friends, for example, if you like each other as individuals.
You may also consider having an open relationship if your issue is needing to be physically close with someone else.
Whatever you decide, as long as you do it together, respecting each other, you will be able to find the best solution that works for both of you.
Help and Advice for when You Lose Interest in Your Relationship
Tips on Dealing with Losing interest in Your Relationship
- Recognise how you feel about your partner and this relaitonship
- Be honest about your feelings with yourself
- Share your feeling with your partner and ask them if they are still interested in this relationship
- Together identify if you can find the way to make your relationship more interesting
- If you feel like ending this relationship, do it in a loving way with respect and understanding towards each other
If you don’t know how to deal with doubts and you need professional help and advice, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it normal for couples to lose interest in their relationship?
When you spend a lot of time with the same person, it’s inevitable to get used to them. At some point such relationship can be taken for granted and can gradually become boring and uneventful. The solution is to keep things exciting which requires constant attention and some effort.
Why do I lose interest in a relationship?
You lose interest in a relationship because you no longer feel excited about being together. You don’t do anything fun apart form every day shores. Your interest may lie in your personal pursuits or your desire to be with someone else.
Why do I lose interest in relationships so quickly?
It could be because you start relationships based on physical attraction and you don’t develop emotional connection.
Why do couples lose interest in each other?
• It could be that you compromised personal goals and ambitions for this relationship.
• You are no longer fulfilled in this relationship
• You want different things in your life than when you started this relationship
Why do you get bored in a relationship?
Everyday shores can become monotonous and boring. So, unless you make a conscious effort to do something exciting together, at some point your relationship will get boring.
Is my partner losing interest in me?
If you are having doubts or noticing signs that may suggest your partner is losing interest in you. The best thing to do is to ask them how they feel and be open to hear their feedback without judgement.
How do you fix a relationship after losing feelings?
If you no longer have feelings for your partner or your relationship. Why would you continue?
When to End a Relationship?
It is time to end your relationship when you or your partner are no longer interest in each other or in making it work.