Breakups suck, sure, but so does hanging on to a relationship that is clearly not working out. Mismatched relationships are so draining. But as the lies couples tell themselves when they know their relationship is doomed prove, people will go to great lengths to justify staying put. Often, though, it's best to see through these lies, accept reality, and move on already.
Once you're sure a relationship is doomed, and most people have a pretty clear sense of these things, then it's honestly so much better to just part ways. Remember, breaking up isn't a failure. It's an acknowledgement of reality. "If you find yourselves picturing a future that's quite different, sometimes breaking up can be a compassionate act that can save everyone some significant pain and resentment down the road," said dating expert Shannon Smith in Business Insider. There's no reason to drag out the relationship until you're both totally sick of one another.
So to make sure you aren't just prolonging the inevitable, check out these common lies couples use when the relationship is clearly not working out. Again, it's a hard truth to face. But for the most part, you'll be so much happier on your own or with someone who's a better match.