How to Break Up with Your Boyfriend in a Manner You Won’t Regret
Breaking up isn’t easy. Here’s a full guide on how to break up with your boyfriend, and know that you’re making the right decision the whole way.
Do you want to break up with your boyfriend but don’t know how to go about it?
Before you understand how to break up with your boyfriend, you need to ask yourself three questions.
#1 Why do you want to break up with your guy, and is that factor something he can change for you?
#2 Is the damage done irreparable? That is, if he’s done something that’s made you decide to part ways. Can you forgive him? Do you want to?
#3 Are you really sure you want to break up? You need to be sure about this. Are you going to backtrack on your words again if he makes some promises about his behavior?
How to break up with your boyfriend
In almost all relationships, the first break up is never really the final one. It’s surprising, but true. Also, just because it happens doesn’t mean it’s for the best.
Almost always, a girl dumps her guy. And then realizes that she misses him too much. Or he makes promises that he knows he can’t keep just to woo her back. Or both of you feel too lonely and decide to get back together.
And one thing leads to another and before you know it, the guy and the girl are back in each other’s arms and going through the same troubling issues all over again.
Before you really try to figure out how to break up with your boyfriend, you need to ask yourself if a break up is really what you want. It’s never easy to make up your mind though, especially when you’re in a yo-yo relationship full of ups and downs.
The 8 complete steps to break up with your boyfriend the right way
We’ve come up with a perfect way to break up, surely and painlessly. Use these steps if you want to break up with your boyfriend. It can help you make up your mind and walk out of the relationship all cleaned up and happier too.
Step #1 Let him know you’re not happy
Look, you’re not sure, he’s not sure, it’s all so confusing, yes? But here’s the thing. You’ve already mentally decided that a breakup is the best way forward for you. To be honest, all you’re looking for a nudge to tip the scale in the breakup’s favor.
So take your time on this. You’ve been with the guy for a while, had a lot of conversations, and now you feel like giving up. [Read: How to bring up something that is bothering you and fix it]
If you do want to break up with your guy, you don’t really need to break up instantly. Even before thinking of breaking up, understand his feelings for you. If you’ve been going through a bad phase in your relationship and are contemplating a break up, let him know that you’re unhappy in the relationship.
Don’t tell him you want to break up, just let him know that you’re not happy with the direction your relationship is heading.
Both of you are in love and it would be unfair to spring a surprise on him out of the blue, without really giving your relationship a chance. See if his attitude changes or if he takes an initiative to make you happy. [Read: How to make a guy realize he’s losing you]
Step #2 Two weeks notice in love
If a couple of days pass by and he’s still behaving like an annoying jerk, or you’re just not happy in the relationship no matter what, perhaps it’s time to move out of it. But here’s the biggest issue. This is where couples break up and get back together all the time. This is the one phase that needs a lot of attention.
To avoid the heartache of off and on relationships, don’t completely break up with your boyfriend. Instead, tell him you need a break from the relationship for a couple of weeks. Tell him you feel lost in the relationship and want to really think about whether you should stay in the relationship or not. [Read: How taking a break in a relationship really works]
A trial break up isn’t really a nice thing to do, but if you’re afraid of falling back in love with him, this is a chance to experience love from afar and see if you can really live your own life without him.
He would probably act nicer and stalk you often if he genuinely cares for you, or if he starts to realize how important you are for him. But this step is for YOU to find out if you really need him in your life.
Dipping your toes into the water is always a good thing to do before taking the plunge into the icy water, don’t you think? [Read: Does a break in the relationship signal the beginning of the end?]
Step #3 Give it a lot of thought
Finding true love is not easy. But most couples give up on a failed relationship really fast. If you’re wondering how to break up with your man, first give a thought about whether you should stay in the relationship or whether you’d be happier being single or with someone else.
Are you really ready to give it all up and walk away, or would you want to get back into his arms again? [Read: Should I give him a second chance or is it truly over for real?]
Step #4 Make a list
You know the good times and the bad times in your relationship. Make a list of all the good things in one column and the ones you hate in the second column. Now, again, ask yourself if you’re ready to break up. Try to recollect all the good and the bad times and weigh the pros and the cons. Do you still want to break up?
Step #5 Don’t be fickle minded
Many women decide to break up on the spur of the moment, and then they regret it or end up feeling more miserable than the guy, especially when the guy decides to end things anyway.
We’re talking about a relationship here, not a shopping spree. Don’t jump to conclusions, or take hasty decisions based on your ego. I know you want to hurt him because he’s hurt you. But using the excuse of a breakup to hurt a guy may backfire on you!
So if you think you’ll be happier single, then reaffirm that thought and stick with it. Some girls are pretty fickle minded when it comes to a break up, and guys know that. Don’t be that girl. [Read: Why are women so fickle in love? The honest truth]
Don’t sway to his sweet words and false promises. He couldn’t be a good boyfriend for you, during the relationship and even during the couple of weeks of the relationship break. What are the odds of him being the perfect guy you’re dreaming of, now? [Read: 22 early warning signs of a bad boyfriend]
Step #6 Talk to him
You’ve told him you’re unhappy, and you’ve had a trial break up, and things haven’t been looking up in love yet? Perhaps, you’re better off being single than with a guy who doesn’t care about you. He probably thinks you’re bluffing, or worse, he genuinely doesn’t care. Is one worse than the other?
Don’t be a coward and ghost him or break up via a text. If you really want to know how to break up with your boyfriend, do it the right way. Meet him face to face and tell him you need to break up. You were in a relationship, after all, and you must respect the love both of you shared.
Telling him to his face that you want to break up is not easy, and it’s not supposed to be, if you did love him. But it has to be done. Meet him in a place where you can have your privacy, and yet, a place that’s not too lonely. Even if you’re having a hard time walking away, you should be able to get help if the need arises. [Read: The breakup conversation – The exact words you need to use while breaking up with your guy]
He may try to convince you to stay in the relationship, but you’ve given this enough of thought in the earlier steps. Stay firm and stick to your answer as hard as it may seem.
NOTE: Now there’s one kind of relationship where the guy doesn’t deserve your sympathy, your words or your concern. And that’s an abusive one. If you think your boyfriend may react violently or harm you if you try to break up, ghost the brute, get all the help you can, and get out. [Read THIS: How to get out of an abusive relationship – the step-by-step guide]
Step #7 End all contact
This is painful, but inevitable. End all contact with him, at least for a while. Delete his phone number, and block or unfollow him from social media for now. You don’t want to bump into him and feel worse. [Read: How to look cool and awesome when you bump into your ex]
Step #8 Plan your recovery
This is selfish, especially considering you’ve got a head start, but if your boyfriend doesn’t care about you, why should you care about him? The first one who gets over the relationship is always the happier one, because they’re not seething over the fact that it all happened so suddenly.
So make sure you find a way to get over him completely. Party, have a rebound relationship, go out with friends or on a vacation, do anything that can take your mind off him and you’ll get over your break up sooner than you think. [Read: How to get over a broken heart – The only guide you’ll need]
Move on with your life however hard it may seem. And don’t look back. Break ups are inevitable, and as painful and confusing as it may seem now, you’ll feel a lot better about it a couple of weeks or months from now.
And there we have it, the complete guide and walkthrough on how to break up with your boyfriend in a way you won’t regret. [Read: How to get over a broken heart]
Use these steps and you’ll save yourself a lot of heartache and pain. And most importantly, you’ll know how to break up with your boyfriend, move on with no regrets, and have a happier life.