I currently have a friend that I’ve been talking to for many months. I find that it’s become draining on my emotional health to continue seeing them.
In this case, I have developed feelings for them because of their own flirtatious nature. They don’t intend to lure people in and have expressed adamance against a relationship since the beginning. They do however appreciate our friendship.
My belief is, that in order to recover, I need to avoid their presence altogether so I can begin to move on. I don’t see myself losing feelings for them being in this situation.
How can I tell them I don’t feel it’s in both of our interests to continue socializing without devaluing anything we had?
My goal is to leave the friendship as gracefully possible and to let us both move on with the least amount of hurt.