How To Stop Loving Someone: 5 Steps That Might Help

Updated November 15, 2022 by ReGain Editorial Team
“Love is such a powerful emotion that can be hard to move on from, but it is definitely possible. Give yourself some grace and time, while also affirming that a part of you might have some love for this person and that is just a testament to what they meant to you.” - Ryan Smith, LPC, NCC

Love is confusing, messy, strange, wonderful, inexplicable, and a million other things that sometimes we wish would go away. It makes you wonder, "Am I hard to love? Will anyone ever love me truly for who I am? Why can't I find love? Will it ever come?" But love is a gift. It’s a natural part of life, and it’s universal throughout cultures and time. The fact that you fell in love shows that you are human. Do not punish yourself for the love you feel.

I Want To Stop Loving Them, But I Don't Know How


But maybe you are struggling with unrequited love and are loving someone you can't have. Or perhaps the person you love isn’t right for you. Perhaps you are in love with a person who has problems with addiction, infidelity, or abuse. And yet, you continue to love them with the same intensity as before. You think it would be most comfortable to stop loving them, but, as you’ve probably noticed, it’s not that simple.

We've already talked about "How do I break up with my boyfriend" in some articles. In this article, we will offer some advice to people wondering how to stop loving someone, and we will talk about some suggestions that might help you overcome your feelings and fall in love with yourself first and foremost.

Can You Stop Loving Someone If You Truly Loved Them?

The days of sending 'never stop loving you messages' are gone, and now you're struggling how to unlove that person. You think, "I can't get over her," and you feel hopeless. Is it possible to unlove someone you once deeply loved? Is it possible to stop saying, "I miss him or her"? It is.

The love, as you feel it now, will change. Different people serve different purposes in your life. You can be grateful for the time you with this person and deeply care about them, then also move on romantically and stop loving them in the way you once did. Does love fade away? Is it possible? Even if you were still with this person in a romantic way, the love would change, grow, or even fade away with time.

True and unconditional love means that you loved and trusted that person like a family or best friend. If that was the case, then you will always have affection for this person and hope for the best from them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t move on from them romantically and stop loving them as a sexual or romantic partner. It is absolutely normal to know that you love someone but don’t work as a couple.

Relationships change constantly. You can go from being in a relationship with someone to strangers to best friends, then back to strangers. You can love someone, then stop loving them, then love them again! Falling in and out of love can happen in relationships. There can be hundred of reasons why you love someone and numerous reasons why you want to unlove that someone. There are no rules, and there is no timeline. There is no reason to fight this process or resent it. Everyone you love becomes a part of you and helps you grow and learn.

Ultimately, you control your perspective, and you can control your mind. Become mindful of your thoughts. Think deeply about what you really want and why. Think about what you believed this person fulfilled. What did you really want from them? Now, why do you want to stop loving them? What to do when the love is gone? Separate the person from the desires you attached to them and realize that you can fulfill those needs with someone else, or even just on your own.

If you truly believe that it's time to move on, stop loving someone, and leave this person in the past, you can do so. People fall out of love all the time. But there is no need to villainize them or speak poorly of them. Due to the time you’ve spent with them or thinking about them, this person has become a part of you. Knowing how to love somebody who made you who you are is part of loving yourself.


How Do You Leave Someone You Still Love?

A difficult reality is when love hurts and that love isn’t enough to maintain a relationship. Countless other factors influence whether you stay with someone for life or break up to look for something better. Sometimes it feels absolutely impossible to leave someone who we still deeply love. Maybe you know it’s not working, and you want to stop loving them, but your heart stubbornly holds on.

Firstly, focus on building up your confidence. Often, people accept relationships even if they know it’s not right because they don’t think they will find something better. Believe that you will accept the best love you believe you deserve. You won’t find anything better until you believe that you deserve something better.

Build up your self-image and self-love. Explore. Learn. Have your own adventures outside of this person. You will grow so much that when you try to go back to this person, you won’t fit into that same smaller worldview that you once held, and leaving will suddenly feel not just possible but necessary. Whether or not you managed to stop loving them suddenly becomes irrelevant when you know it’s time to move forward.

Understand that you haven’t done anything wrong, and you don’t need to feel guilty for hurting this person. Hurting someone you love can be painful, especially if the other person makes the breakup more difficult. But simply because you can’t stop loving someone, that doesn’t constitute a solid basis for a relationship. A partner who constantly drags you through dramatic ups and downs as they struggle with addiction, mental health issues, or insecurity hurts your life.

Breakups can be painful, but they can also be some of the most exciting, pivotal moments of your life. A breakup can be the moment when you finally said, “I want more than this,” and took your life into your own hands.

Be decisive and clear. Then, find peace with your decisions. You may be caught between option A and option B. For example, maybe you’re asking, “Should I stay or should I go?” But there is actually an option C: failing to decide at all and floundering in limbo. Option C is almost always the worst-case scenario.

Only you know what is right. Follow your gut. Then, once you decide, be clear about why and how you feel the way you do. There is nothing wrong with breaking up with someone who isn’t right for you. Just be clear and honest with them. If it really isn’t working, they probably know, too. You don’t need to stop loving each other to face reality and do what’s best for both of you.

 5 Steps To Stop Loving Someone

1)    Accept The Love You Feel

How to let go of someone who doesn't want you? Don’t think that you need to stop loving someone by forcing the love away. Again, love isn’t a bad thing. Instead, accept that you love this person. Accept yourself and the way you feel. Once you do that, you can move forward in accepting the reality of your situation. Accept that, even though you love this person, and even if you feel like you can’t stop loving them, maybe they aren’t right for you.

 "If you love something, set it free." Take that love and turn it inward. Take care of yourself in the same way that maybe you once cared for this person. Throw yourself into your present life. Fall in love with a new hobby, sport, or class.

Try to understand what you feel. Feelings of love are complex and multi-faceted. There is an element of love that is logical, rational, and formulaic. There is also a part of love that is magical, inexplicable, and chemical. You need both parts of love for a relationship to work.

I Want To Stop Loving Them, But I Don't Know How


Love requires attention. Perhaps you feel like you can’t stop thinking about this person. But all the time you spend thinking about them, you are feeding into the love you supposedly want to overcome. Distractions are helpful when you’re first trying to stop loving someone, but after a while, you will notice that weeks, then months, then years have gone by without even thinking about this person.

2)    Stop Idealizing

Real love is a choice. If you deeply love someone, you’ve seen their ups and downs, and you decided to be there on the bad days as well as the good ones. For that reason, love takes some serious courage and strength.

But it’s also possible that you’ve fallen in love with an idealized version of someone. You may be remembering the best parts, or maybe that person only ever showed you their greatest qualities.

You don’t need to harbor resentment and anger towards this person. In fact, it’s best if you forgive them. But you should stop loving the false version of this person that you put on a pedestal. Remind yourself of the moments that were not ideal. Consider why you want to stop loving them. Remember, the person you love is a human being. The person you love is neither a monster nor an angel.

3)    Focus On You

You can recognize your mistakes and flaws, but never stop loving yourself.

If you have an "I want your love" emotion with someone who doesn't love you back, remember that that has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them. You don’t know what is going on in your or her life. You don’t know what external factors might be influencing their decision. You may have heard it said, you could be the juiciest, most delicious peach in the world, and some people prefer pears. It doesn’t mean that you’ve done anything wrong or that you should change any part of yourself. Their impression of you doesn’t reflect your worth as a person.

4)    Speak With A Counselor

You may worry that until you stop loving someone, you won’t find love with a new person. If you think that your lingering love for this person is so powerful that you can’t move on, and if it’s affecting your daily happiness and quality of life, then it might help to find a person you can talk to.

A counselor will offer an unbiased opinion, speak with you honestly, and look at your personal situation. On sites like, you can speak with a professional expert in love and relationships. After one free session, you can choose to continue speaking to the same person online from the comfort of your home.

 with your counselor that you worry about your ability to stop loving someone. It can be frustrating when you want to stop loving someone, but you feel like you don't even know how to stop liking someone; it suddenly takes control away from you and might leave you feeling very anxious. A counselor will understand these feelings and work on them with you.

Many people report feeling much better after expressing their feelings to a nonjudgmental person.

5)    Don’t Worry

Don’t stress yourself out about how you can stop being in love with someone. Change the language of your goals. Instead of trying to stop loving this person, try to focus on the future instead of the past. Throw yourself into your daily activities and be present. You can become so distracted and involved in what you’re doing that one day you wake up and realize that you stopped loving them a long time ago.

You don’t need to wait until you stop loving someone to make your life better.

People come and go, and relationships change. It might feel now like you can never love again. But you can. It might feel now like you can never stop loving this one person. Still, you can.

Practice mindfulness and meditation to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings. Try to be more present in every moment. You are in control of your thoughts and actions. You can always change the narrative of your life and make it better.

There are ways to stop loving someone, and it is possible to fall out of love over time. Feelings of love are compelling, and you may worry that you will never stop being in love with a person.

Stop loving an idealized version of this person. Take a rational approach and consider what you really want. When we can’t stop loving someone, it might make us feel like we are losing control. But you can always take that control back.

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