Let’s get one thing straight at the beginning — taking a break from each other is different from actually breaking up. Of course, some might argue that it’s just a matter of semantics; you might be taking a break because you want to break up in any case. While all that depends on how you interpret, or misinterpret it, here are the pros and cons of putting your relationship on hold for some time:
A break from unpleasantness
If you are in a committed, long term relationship, you might reach a point when fights become the order of the day. A lot of unpleasantness creeps in. This is a time when you just forget to listen to each other and bickering takes over wholesome conversations. If your relationship has reached such a point, a little distance from each other might help you both calm down and restart a dialogue.
A break from routine
Every relationship goes through a phase when things become routine and the first flush of romance seems to be a distant memory. There are no fights per se, but you increasingly feel that you are becoming a bored couple for whom the spark is missing. In this case, taking time off from your relationship might actually work. Distance can make hearts grow fonder and prod you into reigniting your romance.
Do your own thing
Maybe, the things that you individually are passionate about have taken a backseat because of your total devotion to your relationship. Take a break, amicably and with each other’s consent, to puruse individual dreams. These experiences can enrich your romantic lives as well.
Re-examine your love life
If both of you step aside from your relationship for a while, it can give you both an opportunity to re-examine and re-assess your relationship. You can get some clarity on what is working for you and what is not. This is certainly going to help you get your priorities in order.
Taking a break in your relationship can have its downside as well. For instance, too much distance and an extended break can actually make you drift apart. Any of you could be meeting other people and both can feel attracted to others. So discuss frankly how both of you are going to meet such challenges should you decide to take a break.