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Relationship Rollercoaster: When to Stay and When to Go

When relationships are at their best we are like teenagers on a roller coaster ride. We are excited, our heart is racing, we are anticipating, "the ride of a lifetime".

Every moment of a "relationship roller coaster" ride is filled with a new rush.  As we do with the roller coaster, so do we with relationships in that we are in position to take a risk. Granted it, it might be something you like and want to continue to do or not, and once you have had enough you want off or out.We trust the roller coaster ride to keep us safe, secure, and not hurt us.In spite of all the twists and turns when the ride evens back out we are still intact.

Sometimes in life we have fastened out seat beats for a relationship roller coaster ride that is meant to last forever and it goes wrong. As exciting as it was on the way up, the trip down takes on its own personality. Once the descent starts, it often times feels like it will never end.

When we are able to catch our breath we think,"What was I thinking getting on this ride?"

Now throughout the ride, between the twists and turns we reconsider staying in the relationship.The ride operator gives us just those couple of seconds that is takes to rebuild the confidence to take that next hill.In a relationship gone bad we continue to experience the disappointment of the downward spiral the relationship has taken.  

At what point do you get off? At what point do you decide that you don't have to go through this? When do you notice that the people around you are having fun and you are not? What has happened in our lives that allow us to settle in relationships?

Here are signs it is time to get off your "relationship roller coaster":

  • •  When you feel your emotional needs are never being met
  • •  The relationship becomes physically or emotionally abusive
  • •  The "warm fuzzy" feelings you had are gone
  • •  You find your self disconnected from friends and family
  • •  You feel like an empty shell of your former self and have lost all of yourself esteem
  • •  You notice you have compromised your beliefs, ambitions, and core values.

Relationships take on many forms. We have relationships with parents, children, friends, significant others and even the clerk at the grocery store.There is a saying that "friendships are meant for a reason, season, or a lifetime."The tough part is figuring out which is which. Managing the change that relationships produce can be challenging and one that counseling can prove helpful.