February 1, 2017 at 12:46 AM #1647
Recently I’ve noticed that I get extremely jealous of other women my age in long-term relationships. Whether they post pictures of themselves with their boyfriends on social media or tell me how much they love their significant other, I feel a sense of horror and sadness in response.
Part of me feels so bad because I want to feel happy for other people. I want to celebrate other women who have been able to find someone who loves them for who they are. Instead, I feel extremely envious. It’s gotten to the point where I even limit contact with friends in serious relationships because I feel angry when they talk about how close they and their partner are. It also annoys me whenever people ask about my dating life (or lack thereof). I don’t like feeling this way, but it’s something I’m so used to doing.
Do others feel the same? How do you manage jealousy of other people in relationships?
Thanks for your feedback!February 1, 2017 at 10:18 PM #1650
Something that helped me when I felt like that was remembering that what they say, what they show, what I saw was not the whole picture, and that even if the relationship was glorious, it probably wasn’t the kind of relationship I wanted for myself. We tend to get caught up in the idea that other people have it easier, better. That’s rarely the case. We all have different desires, different mentalities and different journeys.
Also, remember that some people get into relationships to avoid being alone, and they rarely assess compatibility well. Whenever I remembered that, it was easier for me to feel happy for those who found someone. Reframing really helps.February 4, 2017 at 2:12 AM #1651
Oh man, Lurline93, I have BEEN there. I also used to avoid friends in serious relationships or get really defensive when they asked about my love life. Honestly, some people are just so caught up in their own thing that they forget how to be good friends so they ask the first question that comes to mind. Don’t be afraid to call them out and tell those people how you feel about their questions. If they’re truly your friends, they’ll understand. They’ve been there too. It’s amazing how quickly and conveniently some people forget the struggle.
I’ll echo a lot of what Angel88 said, especially “what I saw was not the whole picture” and “We all have different desires, different mentalities and different journeys.” A friend of mine is constantly posting pictures of her husband and her kids on facebook but on the phone she can only talk about how exhausted she feels. That part is never in the photos. I’m also not sold on marriage/children, so it’s not worth getting jealous over.
Do the things that feed your soul and make you feel good. If you like cooking, cook more. It’s Friday night, I’m home alone, and I just cooked myself dinner. It’s delicious. If you love writing, start a blog, even if only one random person in France is reading it. If you like staring at the same painting in your local museum, do it. Do the things that make your heart sing, even if no one is available to do them with you.
If by any chance social media is triggering this reaction from you, try taking a break from it. I went off Facebook for over a year. Sure, I missed some birthday party invites and such, but my closest friends knew well enough to call/email/text if there was something legit going on. I did eventually put my page back up, but I unfriended those I hadn’t talked to 5 years (it was a lot of people!).
Be true to yourself. It sounds super cheesy (trust me, I wanted to punch everyone in the face who said that, or “oh, it’s about timing”), but it’s the only way someone will appreciate you for who you really are.
I hope that helps. I’ve been in your shoes. It’s not fun, but it’s not permanent.
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