Want to press pause on your dating life? Feel like dating taking up too much space in your head? My interview with explains how a dating detox can reboot your emotional and mental health. #datingdetox #BreakFromDating #selflove #mentalhealth

Emily writes, “Just like in the workplace, burnout is all too real in the dating world. Though we’re conditioned to think finding The One (if you believe in that kind of thing) should be something we’re constantly striving for and focused on, sometimes it’s actually better for us to take a step back. “Like anything in life, we might need to take a break, refocus our attention and think about the impact that dating is having on our mental and emotional health,” relationships expert Kate Moyle explained to Metro. “Dating can take a lot of time out of our calendars, and we may want to invest some of that time into our existing relationships which are already feeding us, like those with friends and family where we feel loved and appreciated.”

But dating can be stressful enough at the best of times, so how on earth do you know when it’s time to press pause on your dating life? Well, there are a few signs to look out for to keep your dating life as healthy as possible.

Dating is taking up too much space in your head

Does it feel like dating is taking over your whole life to the point where it’s starting to affect other areas? Then it’s probably time to press the pause button — at least for a little while. “If dating has become your overwhelming focus, you might find it helpful to give it some space and revisit other things that build you up, interest and bring you joy,” relationships expert Kate Moyle told Metro. “Often we can get a bit stuck down the rabbit hole and coming back up makes us realize that there are so many other ways to enjoy ourselves,” she added.

By shifting the focus off of dating and instead spending a little more time by yourself or doing things you love (even if that’s just enjoying a night in with your favorite snack) you’ll feel more connected to yourself and what you want in a partner. As relationship expert and author, Susan Winter told Time, relationships and dating can take up more room in your head than you might think, so staying away from the dating scene for a while can give you a clearer head and a sharper focus going forward. “Intimacy and partnership takes up a lot of space in our heads. Even though much of this is happening unconsciously, there’s simply a lesser capacity for individually focused thought,” she explained.

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