How To Give Someone Space In a Relationship: 16 Ways

In today’s article you’re going to learn everything you need to know about how to give someone space in a relationship.

It can be difficult to be asked to give someone space, and you may fear losing them as a result. While it is acceptable to feel unhappy, if you want your relationship to survive, you must respect the other person’s choice.

Let her know that you are doing this to strengthen your connection while taking a step back to give her the space she needs. To make things easier, focus on yourself while you give your partner some space. Then make an effort to repair your relationship.

How To Give Someone Space In a Relationship:

1. If you can, find out how much space a person needs.

Even if you only decide to go for one day, try to set a time limit on how long you will be away. Ask what they expect you to do, as well as things like limiting communication or avoiding each other in public places. This will help you meet your partner’s requirements and avoid misunderstandings that could damage your relationship.

You can say, “I’d really like to give you the space you need. “Could you describe to me how the space seems to you so I can understand what you expect?”

For example, they might ask you to cut off all communication for a few days. Texting, social media, and face-to-face communication are examples of this. However, if you allow her some time alone, she may not mind receiving texts.

2. Explain to the person that you are giving space because of concern for them.

Giving someone space can have its drawbacks, one of which is that they may come to believe that you don’t care about them. You are put in a difficult situation because they will be annoyed if you disturb them, too. Make sure you both understand that you are simply going to back off until they are ready to approach you again.

Say: “I appreciate you very much, but I can tell you need a moment of alone time right now.”

“I’m going to give you the space you need in the hope that it will improve our relationship over time.”

3. Give that person some space by stopping calling or contacting them.

Depending on what has happened, you will often need to give this person a few days or maybe even weeks off. Don’t call or contact them more often than you promised during this period. If you do, she will think you are neglecting her requests and may become upset.

If you can, find out her preferences. “Do you want me to refrain from calling and messaging until you contact me first?”

Giving someone space includes more than just avoiding the other person for a while. You are not giving her space if you send her messages.

4.  Avoid using her social media pages.

It makes sense that you want to know what she is doing. However, if you monitor your partner’s social media profile, it’s bad for both of you. It can give the other person the impression that you are keeping an eye on her, which will only increase your anxiety. Stay off her accounts to be on the safe side.

Don’t comment on or like anything she posts. Also, don’t ask about the whereabouts of your mutual friends.

5. Stay away from places known to be frequented to avoid accidental encounters.

If you live with someone or go to the same college, you may not be able to completely ignore them. Try to avoid places where that person may be, such as their workplace or favorite restaurant. This way, you will avoid interactions that may be unpleasant for you.

For example, suppose you know that a person likes to buy coffee at the same store every day. If she saw you there, she might think you ran into her on purpose.

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6. Don’t check on your partner or interrogate them about their whereabouts.

Someone needs time to consider their independence and choose what they want from the relationship when they ask for distance. You are not allowing your children the independence they need if you insist on knowing everything they do. Without giving you specifics, let them do what seems right to the other person.

Who will you be meeting with? This is a question you may be inclined to ask. She will think you are not respecting her desire for privacy if you ask such questions.

Don’t try to put limits on who she can meet with or what she can do when you are apart.

7. Allow yourself to experience your feelings alone.

It can be really hard to be away from someone you care about for a while. You may feel sadness, anger, irritation, or worry. Recognize your feelings and use appropriate ways to express them, such as writing in a notebook or creating art. However, resist the urge to react to your emotions, as this is likely to make the situation worse.

You can say to yourself, for example, “Megan is my closest friend. I may have lost her now and I’m very sorry about that.” This can help calm your emotions.

On the other hand, calling Megan and sobbing about how unhappy you are is not a wise idea.

8. Keep yourself busy with enjoyable activities and socializing with friends.

Spend this time doing things that are meaningful to you (1), rather than worrying about what others are doing. Visit your friends, participate in your favorite pastimes, or discover a new interest. Spend your free time on enjoyable activities that will keep you occupied.

For example, watch a movie on Monday, organize a game night on Tuesday, paint on Wednesday, go to a fitness center on Thursday, and attend a game at a local band concert on Friday.

9. Keep your mind busy to prevent thinking about the other person.

Thoughts about losing this person will not help, even if you are undoubtedly very worried about it. Try reading, playing a game or watching a documentary to keep your mind occupied. Once you’ve done that, you can think about something else.

For example, imagine thinking about your spouse during your lunch break. Consider reading a book to occupy your thoughts.

10. If you need to talk about your emotions, do it with a trusted person.

You are probably feeling quite unhappy right now, and having such a conversation can help. Talk to a trusted person about the circumstances. Let her know if you just want to talk or if you need her opinion.

You can say, “I just need to vent about what I’m experiencing right now. I’m worried about ending our affairs because my partner wants some space. I really miss him a lot. “

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11. Take care of yourself to live a better life.

Taking care of yourself will make you feel better and demonstrate your independence to the other person. Make sure you get enough exercise, eat a balanced diet, and take regular showers. In addition, treat yourself to good things like your favorite cup of coffee, a hot bath, or a little walk.

Develop a schedule for yourself that will make it easier for you to keep taking care of yourself throughout this time.

12. Identify the main reason for their need for space.

Reflect on the events that led to their request for more space, as well as the words they used to communicate their needs. Then consider what you could have done differently and how you can improve the situation in the future.

For example, the person may think you are too demanding or that you argue often.

When the person is prepared, discuss with them what caused their desire for solitude. Speak up and ask, “What did I do to drive you away?”

13. Express regret for your mistakes.

You both probably did something nasty, but you can only control your own actions. Let the other person know that you are sorry (2) and that you are aware of what happened. After that, explain how you will work to avoid doing it again in the future.

You can say, “I’m sorry that I didn’t respect your desire to go out with your buddies. I’m very sorry that you thought I was in charge. I’ll make sure you have time for your other friendships in the future.

Similarly, add, “I sincerely apologize for talking to your ex during the event. I understand that it hurt you and, going forward, I will treat our relationship with more respect. “

14. Make pleasant plans for the day you will see each other again.

Things may seem awkward at first, and you may feel inclined to talk about how you feel. However, having a great time together is the best way to put your relationship back on track. Choose entertainment that you both enjoy, and then invite them to join you.

Look for an activity that won’t require a lot of introspective conversation. Consider going bowling, playing miniature golf, climbing a rock wall, or watching a concert.

To help each other, remind yourselves why you enjoy each other’s company; choose a common passion.

15. Ensure that each of you has enough time to be alone.

Both parties are free to grow personally, follow their interests, and engage in other relationships in a healthy partnership. Talk to the person to determine what each of you needs in a relationship to be satisfied. Then change your existing habits so that you and your partner can continue to be free and satisfied.

If you are in a romantic relationship, this may mean that you both need a few nights each week to engage in separate hobbies or socialize with friends.

It could mean that you appreciate each other’s friendship and respect that you don’t spend time with the other person’s former friends.

If the relationship involves family members, such as siblings, this may include respecting each other’s personal space, allowing each other daily alone time, and asking permission before using the other person’s belongings.

16. Keep in regular contact with them by text, phone, or in person.

Find ways to connect, as communication is essential to a healthy relationship. Send them messages, ask about their day, or schedule a conversation with them each evening. To determine what effective communication will include for your partnership, talk about what you both want.

For example, if you live together, you can speak to each other often in person, but if you are often away, you can choose to text each other.

Respect their request if they want to contact each other less often.

Thank you for reading this article about how to give someone space in a relationship and I really hope that you take action my advice.

I wish you good luck and I hope its contents have been a good help to you.

Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here