Some people seem to be jumping from one relationship into another and can’t stand the thought of being alone. Whether you recognize yourself in this description (or not), being single will teach you a lot and you should try it out!

While it might be a shortcut to feeling safe and fulfilled, no relationship can make you complete. Being complete is something you’ll have to learn on your own. Taking time off and investing in self-improvement can only benefit you! So, be single for a while—that might be the best relationship advice you’ll ever get.

This is not to say relationships are bad for you—they do teach you a lot along the way, but don’t underestimate the need for being alone. Learning emotional self-sufficiency will make it less likely for you to become dependent on your new partner.

Love can’t give you everything, but once you know what you’re looking for it can give you much more than what you thought it could. This knowledge comes only from knowing yourself in depth, so take your time; meditate, do things you love, find new things you didn’t even know you liked! Knowing yourself won’t let you settle.

It’s wonderful to find someone who makes you genuinely happy—but try to find ways to be happy on your own. Romantic relationships should add to your life, not fill in all the gaps you have and replace all the things you were before.

So, yes; if your relationships are falling apart and you’re in need of an advice—take a break. Be in a relationship with yourself for a while, before you enter something new!