Maintaining strong friendships and connections with others, whether you're in a relationship or single, can have a tremendous impact on your mental well-being. After all, humans are pretty social creatures by nature. Sometimes, however, a friendship can creep into romance territory when you're least expecting it. The signs your friendship is actually an emotional affair may be difficult to hear, but they're important for everyone in a relationship to know.
What constitutes an emotional affair can be tricky to define. According to The Huffington Post, an emotional affair is an affair of the heart. In other words, you and this friend may never get physical, but your intense, flirty bond drains energy from your current relationship.
What happens if you do find yourself in an emotional affair? It isn't the end of the world. Crushes happen, even in long-term relationships, and having one does not make you a horrible monster person. The feelings themselves are not the issue; how you address them is what matters. In some cases, that might involve tapping the breaks on the friendship and devoting your time to the relationship. In other instances, however, it may signify that your current relationship leaves a lot to be desired, and it's better to end things so you can try your luck with this intriguing friend (or perhaps someone else entirely).
Not sure if your friendship crosses that line? Here are a few signs that you're leaving the friend zone and entering emotional affair territory.