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Why People Break Up After Winter For The Spring Dating Surge

Love blows, but the weather is good at least.

26/09/2016 8:54 AM AEST | Updated 26/09/2016 2:15 PM AEST
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Spring. A time to turn over a new leaf, clean out your closet and sometimes, break up.

Yep, while it may seem like everything's coming up thanks to sunnier mornings and the welcoming of thongs as acceptable footwear, in the realm of relationships, Spring can mark complete emotional turmoil.

According to new data from dating site eHarmony, it's the season when most Aussies end their relationship, with 29 percent of breakups happening straight after winter.

"People don't tend to think about breaking up in winter. But when Spring arrives, all of a sudden people become much more proactive and start thinking about what's working and what isn't," Jacqui Manning, founder of The Friendly Psychologist told The Huffington Post Australia.

As the weather gets warmer people become busier and your partner isn't so much your focus. Being more social also lessens anxiety and any apprehension someone might have around ending the relationship.

Whether it's due to our primal instinct where winter hibernation was once key for survival, or the fact that we simply become more aware of the cracks in our relationship, just as we take action in other areas of our life in Spring, the same goes for matters of the heart.

Manning explains emotionally, the prospect of a broken heart during this time is easier to grapple with, too, which may explain why so many relationships come to an end.

"As the weather gets warmer people become busier and your partner isn't so much your focus. Being more social also lessens anxiety and any apprehension someone might have around ending the relationship," Manning said.

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People are dating more in Spring, too.

Though it's not all bad (for some). As one door closes another opens and being the season that represents new life, that means more people are looking for new love.

The dating site also revealed surges in registrations during August and September indicating that with the warmer weather comes more people, including those newly single, are hustling a date.

And while there's no denying this process takes a huge amount of patience (and resilience) we can all agree that being single trumps being in the wrong relationship.

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