What's the difference between a relationship-ending disaster and a routine rough patch? These distinctions will vary a bit for every couple. But in general, there are some signs you shouldn't break up, even if things seem really bad at the moment. Sometimes you're in a strong relationship, and it'll make you both happier in the long run to stick things out.
First, a caveat: if there are any signs of abuse in the relationship, and you feel afraid, controlled, or isolated, then ending things is likely the best option, according to the Office on Women's Health. Is this an intimidating prospect? Use the tips for getting out of a toxic relationship as a starting point, courtesy of Bustle. Surrounding yourself with supportive people is also crucial.
That said, even clearly healthy relationships will have some speed bumps along the way. Learning how and when to deal with these issues — even if they're huge points of contention — is crucial for any long-term relationship. In general, though, a strong relationship will be able to withstand routine difficulties. Of course, trying to figure out whether your relationship is solid when you're in the middle of a conflict can make your head spin. To help, review these signs of a strong relationship, and see whether they apply to your current situation.