How to Move on After a Breakup

January is breakup month. More couples decide to go their separate ways in January than any other time of the year. That may be good news for divorce attorneys, but it’s bad news for anyone getting dumped.

While a breakup is almost always painful, there are a few things you can do to help bring yourself out of a funk and move on. It’s important to be aware, however, that not all advice on the subject is good. Read our list to find out what tips to follow and what tips to ignore.

Distract Yourself.

The more you think about your ex, the more those thought patterns become habit. Break the cycle by finding a way to distract yourself. Go skiing, head out to the movies, or download Candy Crush. Do whatever you have to do to break the cycle of repetitive thinking.


Enjoy Your Freedom.

As comforting as it is to be in a loving relationship, it is also fun to be single. This is your chance to stay up late, hang out with your friends, or dive into your favorite hobby.


Remove the Things that Remind You of Your Ex.

Get a box and put all your relationship memorabilia in it. Take the pictures of you together on the beach, the anniversary gifts, and anything else that symbolizes your relationship and remove them from sight. You may even want to consider boxing them up and giving them to a friend for safe keeping so that you’re not tempted to go through those things in a moment of weakness.


Do Not Contact Your Ex.

The key to getting over your ex is making a clean break. Resist the urge to drunk dial your ex or send a text. If you’re easily tempted, delete their information from your phone. It’ll be easier on both of you if you leave the necessary space and time for healing. Remember, it doesn’t mean you’ll never speak again, it just means that for the time being, you’re doing what you need to do to be emotionally healthy.


No One-Night Stands.

A common bit of advice you might hear after a breakup, especially if you’re a guy, is to go out and hook up right away. The idea is that this will provide an ego boost at a time when you’re vulnerable. However, you must remember that there’s another person in bed with you, and you need to considerate of their feelings, too. Besides, the relief you feel after a one-night stand is usually superficial and fleeting. If you need to feel better about yourself, workout, learn a new skill, or spend time with friends. Don’t let your feelings of self worth come from what you do between the sheets.


 


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