One of the major downsides of staying friends with an ex is that it can sometimes keep the hope of a relationship alive.
Remember, you are exes for a reason and you need to let go of any dreams you had for the relationship. If you find yourself fantasizing about your future together, stop.
Think to yourself, "We're not together anymore, and that isn't going to happen. Think about how you can support each other as friends instead of as romantic partners. Fundamentally different world views or different lifestyles can cause a breakup. Now that you're just friends, you can appreciate these differences more.
Now you're free to embrace the positives of having a friend who's different from you instead of worrying about your romantic compatibility. Call it off if you're feeling bad.
It's okay to take a step back sometimes. Stay aware of your feelings as you pursue a friendship. If things feel strained and you feel sad or drained when hanging out, it's okay to slow things down. Say something like, "Hey, I'm still feeling a little sad when we hang out.
Let's stick to long distance communication for another week or two. If they're struggling with the idea of staying friends, respect any requests they make for space. Manage feelings of lingering attraction. It's normal to still feel attracted to someone after a breakup, but don't try to feed into these feelings.
It's hard to stay just friends if you're still having sex or being physically intimate. Some exes are able to maintain a physical relationship, or be friends with benefits, after a period of time. However, it's often a bad idea to pursue lingering attraction in the direct aftermath of a relationship. Stay respectful of one another.
Boundaries are key to any friendship and are often more important with delicate relationships. You and your ex need to stay respectful of each other's boundaries over time.
Make sure you're not breaking any rules in regards to contact, and let your ex know what you need from them. For example, say something like, "I know I didn't want to discuss your dating life at first, but I feel more comfortable with that now. I'd be fine if you wanted to talk about it. Get family members and friends on board. It's easier to be friends with an ex if your own friends and family are on board, especially mutual friends. Let people know that the two of you are still friends and it's okay to invite you to the same events. Make sure people know there is no need to feel weird or uncomfortable when you and your ex are in the same room.
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