How To Avoid Being Taken For Granted

He still loves you. Here’s how to get him to show it.


2) Communicate

Generally, as a rule of thumb, it’s encouraged to give men space, at least in the early dating stages, and allow them to do most of the planning and pursuing. Allow him take the initiative and go at his own pace. If you’re always leading or planning things, this might set the pattern for the rest of the relationship/courtship and eventually leave you feeling taken for granted.

How To Avoid Being Taken For Granted

Though it’s important to let him know how you feel, make it a point to remind him how relationships require effort from both parties, not just one. It’s not acceptable for him to think or act like he can just show up and not take the time to invest, care, or plan.

Be careful of the way you approach this conversation — if he (or she) feels like he is being attacked, it is likely that he’ll get defensive about how he’s been acting, rather than open-minded.

3) Get your own life

Similar to changing your routine, constantly being available to your man can indirectly tell him that you’ll always be there at his beck-and-call. This doesn’t mean that you should never see him or that he needs to plummet on your list of priorities, but giving each other the space to do your own thing will also give you both the chance to miss each other and value the time you spend together.

Has it been awhile since you met with your girlfriends? When was the last time you were able to pamper yourself with some TLC?

How To Avoid Being Taken For Granted

Go to the spa or for lunch with your girlfriends!

The healthiest relationships I know are the ones that value how time is spent, both apart and together. Being in a relationship or being married doesn’t mean that you both fuse into one person or that you lose yourself in the other. You are meant to share your lives together, not be dictated by it.

But despite all these suggestions, which are good for any relationship, if a guy is taking you for granted, maybe it’s simply time to move on and find someone who won’t…

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Reader Discussion: 197 Comments

  1. Avatar of Shiwali Jain

    Hello Sarah ! Thanks for sharing an article on such an important and complicated topic. This blog really helps every couple to live a happy and lovely life.

  2. Avatar of Dawn Wong

    Dawn Wong

    What you need to do is to lie down on the floor. Curl yourself on the fetal position. Try not to cry. Then cry a lot. Don’t forget to play Sia’s “Taken for Granted” on the background. LOL!

  3. Avatar of Grace Reyes

    Grace Reyes

    Since I am not a confrontational person, I give my husband the “silent treatment” whenever I feel like suddenly becoming on the last of his list of priorities. And it usually works for me!

    • Avatar of Shelley Gibbs

      Shelley Gibbs

      Yeah! I do that, too. And it makes me feel in control.

  4. Avatar of Grace Haggard

    Grace Haggard

    If a guy takes you for granted, you should start getting scared because it’s either he’s taking care of somebody else already, or that he doesn’t care about you anymore.

  5. Avatar of Inez Knight

    Inez Knight

    It’s emotionally draining when you feel like you are becoming a “beggar” for his attention. It’s a terrible experience, and all sorts of crazy thoughts and suspicions pop out and cloud your mind! It made me paralyzed within. That is no way to treat a woman!!!

  6. Avatar of Sharon Reese

    Sharon Reese

    I alwyas give time to do my own thing and allow my husband to do his. That way, we have something to talk about when we spend time together, and it also serves as an opportunity to make us both curious about each other’s activities.

  7. Avatar of Elle Edwards

    In my lifetime that consisted of a lot of heartbreaks, I noticed that you never have to beg for something that a person knows that you deserve. It will be given to you without you asking. I also think that if you treat yourself as a queen, you will be treated like a queen. If you let yourself be treated like shit, then you’ll get that treatment, definitely. Respect yourself enough to be respected. I think a lot of women should know this because not everyone knows their worth.

    • Avatar of Cristina Clarke

      Cristina Clarke

      100% agree with this. If you know your worth and what you deserve, you’ll only receive what you think you know you deserve. You’ll have no time for those who offer you less.

      • Avatar of Margaret Hawkins

        Margaret Hawkins

        I wish it’s as easy as saying that you really do deserve the best. Sometimes we have no choice but to lower our standards because we love a person.

  8. Avatar of Kristine Lucas

    Kristine Lucas

    Most of the time, we jump into conclusions too quickly. But it will help to give our partners some “benefit of the doubt.” Maybe he or she is also struggling with some personal difficulties and is hesitating to share the burden with you. Again, communication is the key to know how to manage the situation well.

  9. Avatar of Maureen Owen

    Maureen Owen

    It hurts that there’s nothing permanent in this world. People change and feelings change. We just have to hope that it’s for the better and not for the worst.

  10. Avatar of Jae Medina

    A lot of your recent articless resonate with my situation and I appreciate your wisdom. Thank you so much! ❤️

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