In my opinion, it is a more mature and heartfelt manner to let go. It can be in form of a vacation or trip that offers enough time to reflect on the past memories. There is no bad thing about consolidating the good times of your relationship as you move forward to see what your next love life is carrying. Perhaps you want to break up because of constant conflicts pertaining work or family, regardless of how much you love one another, if detaching can make things better, I do not see a problem in having a weekend breakup. It will help accept the significance of separating as you look back on its great moments without getting overwhelmed of the good memories. It gives a better transition that reduces the emotional pain, which often comes with most endings of good things. Partners can always share their fears, future healing plans, and plans to move on. Well, it may be distressing but a good closure and healing.

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

Mental health expert
MS, University of Latvia

I am deeply convinced that each patient needs a unique, individual approach. Therefore, I use different psychotherapy methods in my work. During my studies, I discovered an in-depth interest in people as a whole and the belief in the inseparability of mind and body, and the importance of emotional health in physical health. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (a big fan of thrillers) and going on hikes.

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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