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March 27, 2023
Breakups are always difficult, no matter what. Many people struggle with feelings of inadequacy, heartache, and loss after such separations. However, no matter how hard it is to see the light at the end of the tunnel, you can find the healing you need to move forward. It may take time, but you can recover. To help you do so, we’ve provided five strategies to keep in mind.
First things first, you shouldn’t repress your emotions because your feelings are completely valid. Don’t think you have to force yourself to be okay—let yourself cry, scream into a pillow, take a day off from work, or do whatever you need to acknowledge how you’re feeling. It’s normal and healthy to allow yourself to feel your feelings instead of trying to ignore or repress them.
You may be tempted to check social media to try and figure out if your ex has moved on—don’t do it! People often portray themselves positively on social media, even if they’re unhappy or upset. Don’t add stress to your situation by trying to pick apart social media posts. Give yourself space to start healing without dwelling on the past or succumbing to external pressures.
Talking about how you’re feeling may sound difficult, but supportive family and friends can help you take your mind off of the negatives and start looking at things with a new perspective. Talking with a professional who specializes in self-esteem and relationships can also help you gain back your confidence and empower your road to recovery.
We get it—impulsive decisions can help you feel like you’re moving on after a tough breakup. However, rebound relationships, expensive vacations, or even drastic haircuts can end up making you feel guilt or regret down the line. Try to acknowledge your hurt instead of making rash or risky choices to try to cope.
You’re an amazing individual with talents, skills, and a personality that shines. Don’t let a breakup make you question your self-worth. In fact, now is the perfect time to reflect on who you are and what makes life enjoyable for you. Did you neglect a favorite hobby while in the relationship? Did you avoid a favorite food because your ex didn’t like it? Dive back into your interests and discover what it means to be you again.
Breakups are always hard, and you may not be able to see a way forward through the pain. But there is a path to healing, and, hopefully, these tips can help you take the first steps toward moving on and moving forward.
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