How to Break up When You’re Terrible at Breaking Up
Step 1: Start Stewing
Start stewing as early as possible. Don’t spoil the honeymoon by telling your partner about all the things you foresee getting in the way. Keep quiet and sit on all your doubts, dissatisfactions, and fears for as long as you can. Relationships take work, you know. Work that only you can do. By doing nothing.
Start dropping hints that you’re having doubts a couple months in. Make sure to articulate your commitment to the relationship at the same time that you undermine that commitment for yourself and your partner by calmly disclosing that you’re feeling a great deal of anxiety about said commitment. Make travel plans.