Simple Lines For A Less Stressful Breakup

Simple Lines For A Less Stressful Breakup ©iStock/Martin Dimitrov

It’s just not working out, but you don’t know how to end it. You try to come up with a great excuse and just stress yourself out in the process. Why? Just be honest and keep it simple. Sure, some breakup lines are cliche and we hate it when guys use them on us, but they are effective.

  1. “I’m just not ready for this.” Is the relationship moving too fast or you’re just not ready for commitment? Use this line. You’re honestly not ready for this particular relationship, so why drag it out any longer?
  2. “You deserve to be loved like you love me.” I hate leading a guy on. It’s just not fair. When you see that he loves you far more than you love him, tell him so. Set him free so he can find someone who loves him equally. You both deserve that.
  3. “Love just isn’t enough for this to work.” It’s true, love isn’t always enough to save a relationship. You might be in love, but if everything else is going wrong, it’s time to break up. Let him down easy by admitting that love isn’t going to be enough.
  4. “I can’t give you what you need.” Relationships are equal parts give and take. Does he always want more than what you can give? Don’t let yourself feel guilty. Instead, use this breakup line. It’s honest and puts the blame on you, softening the blow.
  5. “It really is me, not you.” OK, so we all hate the “it’s not you, it’s me” line. Still, it is true sometimes. If you’re the problem, say so. Let him know you’re breaking up because of something on your end and he’ll feel a bit better about the breakup itself.
  6. “I’m sorry, but I need some space.” Relationships can sometimes be suffocating, especially if you’re feeling pressured in any way. This line is great if you think you might want to resume the relationship in the future. It’s OK. Sometimes we do need some space to think things over.
  7. “I’m honestly not sure what I want right now.” Ever met a guy who has his life all figured out? Me neither, but I did date one who thought he had it all figured out. I told him I wasn’t sure what I wanted at the moment and that included “us.” He wasn’t thrilled, but he accepted it and moved on with his life.
  8. “We’re already going separate ways.” You know when you start growing apart, but you try to keep the relationship alive? Yeah, you’re still going separate ways, so just end it already. Spell it out for him and tell him that it’s time you both pursued your dreams and moved on. It’ll hurt, but he’s likely already realized the same thing.
  9. “I need more from the relationship.” This is one of the best breakup lines for when you’re ready for a commitment, but he’s not. He can’t argue with the fact that he’s not living up to what you want or need.
  10. “If we stay together, we’re only going to get hurt.” Have there already been major problems in the relationship? Maybe you fight all the time or someone’s cheated? It could be one of those on-again, off-again relationships. Whatever it is, you know the longer it goes, the worse someone’s going to get hurt. Go ahead and end it before it’s too late.
  11. “I can’t see a future with you.” You fell for your fling, but now that you’ve gotten to know them beyond the great sex, you realize you have nothing in common. It was fun while it lasted, but there’s no future. Be honest with him and end things quickly.
  12. “I have too much going on right now.” I know women often think guys are full of crap when they say it’s just bad timing. Sometimes, the timing does suck and you just don’t have the time or energy to put in to a relationship. When you’re already pulled in 20 different directions, a relationship is just too much extra stress. Let him know. If he really loves you, he’ll be happy to just be friends for now anyway.
  13. “We both need some time to grow.” Do you both seem more like teenagers than adults? Are you just out of college and still with your high school sweetheart? I know that works for some, but for most couples, you’re both too immature to really make things work.
  14. “I’ve fallen out of love with you.” OK, so this one might hurt like hell, especially for longer relationships. No one wants to hear it, but it does happen. The love you felt in the beginning gradually fades away. Don’t try to fake it. Be honest with him and move on.
Crystal Crowder is a freelance writer and blogger. She's a tech geek at heart, but loves telling it like it is when it comes to love, beauty and style. She's enjoys writing music, poetry and fiction and curling up with a great book. You can find her on Twitter @ccrowderwrites or check out her other writing on Medium.