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Jilted in January? Top 5 Reasons You Are Single Again

Did you know there is a reason for the Jilted in January epidemic?: Both sides of the partnership can sometimes start the new year reflecting on their relationships. Sadly, sometimes these relationships’ cons can outweigh the pros leading to someone being jilted out of the blue.

This, along with Christmas stress, has made the first month of the year the most common time to be jilted. The study was conducted by money saving brand According to the survey, some of the factors that contributed to relationship problems include family pressures, depressing weather, and financial problems. Continued impact of Christmas stress was the most common factor.

Here is  Professional Matchmaker Julia McCurley’s take on the most common reasons her clients give her for waiting to break up until January.

1. Didn’t want to be alone during the holidays:

Studies show that couples who likely would otherwise have called it quits decide to stay together through November and December because they don’t want to face the holidays alone. In their minds, it’s better to have someone to take to the holiday parties and family gatherings than it would be to show up on their own or rely in blind dates and set-ups.

2. Didn’t want to ruin the holidays:

People are reluctant to end unhappy relationships just prior to, or during, the holiday season for fear of being thought of as a Grinch, the person who lowered the boom on an unsuspecting romantic partner at what was supposed to be the happiest time of the year.

For couples on the edge of the decision, breaking up before Christmas may feel more stressful than actually dealing with the breakup itself.

3. Procrastination:

A lot of couples might not see their significant other very much over the holidays. Between family stuff and holiday traditions there isn’t a whole lot of time to have a big relationship conversation. The majority of January dumpings have been brewing since way back in November. But then plans got made, presents were purchased, plane and train tickets were booked, families were obliged,

4.Hoping for a Christmas Miracle:

Many operate under the assumption that the fairy lights and Christmas presents will somehow magically fix how you feel and everything will go back to how it once was. 

However, if things just aren’t working out, as soon as the decorations are brought down all you’ll be left with are your problems. There will be nothing to distract you from your unhappiness and the fact that the person you’re with isn’t the person you thought they were.

5. Out With The Old, In With The New:

The start of a new year puts people into reflective phases where they tend to examine what is and is not working in their lives. Those self-examinations sometimes result in realizations they’re not at all happy in their current love relationships. 

Casting out that which no longer suits in preparation for finding a true soul mate becomes part of the many changes those looking to alter their lives will embrace.

Instead, this month while you’re working on your own body, eating healthier, and picking up a new hobby, take some time to figure out what you’re looking for and where to find it.

Then when the clouds clear and it’s Feb again, you’ll know what you want in a significant other, and be in a place where you’re ready to face Spring – single and either ready to mingle or go ahead with being ok just as you are. Whether it’s people rebounding from holiday breakups or singles inspired by New Year’s resolutions, January is clearly the time to get busy.