Giving advice to female friends regarding heartbreak and relationships can be an incredibly hazardous experience. Partly because women are always of 2 minds about everything; but mostly because they are [hopefully] not pod people. When relationships go sour, women struggle with a number of difficult decisions. These decisions are wide ranging and depend on many variables: length of relationship, problems (cheating, bad habits, annoying quirks, clingy-ness, etc.), personal background, baggage, blah blah blah. As far as I can see it there are two main roads to take when delving out this sort of advice [if you dare].
You can stress:
1) Walking away
2) Sticking it out
Either way, you have to stress that they have to make the right decision for themselves and no one else; which unfortunately is usually the hardest one.
Sometimes walking away is the hardest thing to do - to not stick with your comfort zone and run back the minute he calls with his sobbiest excuse, I mean apology; staying would be the easy option. Pretending that this is just a rough spot [that happens all to often] is easier than starting over, than being alone..because let's face it - for most people on this planet, being alone pretty much sucks. Have you ever noticed that people who say they love being single usually drink [heavily] and manage to find someone(s) to fill their bed [like it's there religion]. Walking away and giving up are not the same thing.
However, there are a lot of people that are willing to give up at the first sign of trouble [red flag, warning]. Most times these are the people that have poor relationship histories and are trying to be smart. These are also the people who are perpetually alone. Not being able to trust another person romantically is a potentially harmful condition [disorder]. Being alone because you are too scared to feel is a painful reminder of what someone else did to you, what someone took away from you - your ability to let someone in; being numb is not normal. It's not always a good idea to stay and fight for your relationship; sometimes its past that point, but you have to keep in mind that all relationships have problems. If you run away from happiness, it's like chasing a ghost - pretty much not gonna get you anywhere.
Think about it..