6 Ways to Survive a Breakup
It's often said that breaking up is hard to do--and anyone who's been through a split, separation, or divorce knows exactly how hard it can be. You might feel hurt, lonely, resentful, angry, confused, or jealous. And what's worse, you may experience all of these emotions at the same time.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to recover from a broken heart and get your life back on track. To get started, follow these tips from the Hall Health Primary Care Center at the University of Washington in Seattle.
1. Acknowledge your emotions, but don't dwell. It's perfectly normal to experience feelings of anger and sadness. That said, you should try to keep your emotions from interfering with your activities, your work, and your happiness.
2. Pamper yourself. When you're going through a breakup, it's important to take care of yourself. In fact, experts recommend that you pamper yourself with special treats. So do something indulgent that you've always wanted to do, such as getting a facial or a massage.
3. Try something new. Although you shouldn't start dating right away, it's healthy to be social and try new things. Sign up for a class, take a trip, or pick up a new hobby. Whatever it is, chances are it will help to distract you from your ex.
4. Get the support you need. Rely on your family and friends for comfort and a good time. Use your support system when you need to vent or cry, or just need a shoulder to lean on.
5. Make a clean break. No matter how tempted you might be, don't spend time with your ex. Doing so could lead to feelings of regret and depression. Remember, there was a reason you broke up. Instead, accept that it's time for you to move on.
6. Don't blame yourself. Relationships are a two-way street, and so too are breakups. At some point, it can be valuable to evaluate what went wrong with your relationship. But rather than looking at your mistakes as failures, use them to try to gain a better understanding of yourself-something that will help to make your next relationship stronger.
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