A breakup is so much more than just the end of a relationship. It’s like a death in many ways. It’s saying goodbye to a connection that in many cases, we were sure would last forever.
When navigating a breakup it can feel impossible to even get out of bed, much less eat or even shower. However impossible it may seem that happiness is on the other side of this experience, with the right tools and strategic approach it can be.
Here are some of the best tips for navigating a breakup and making it out stronger and happier than before.
Sometimes the simplest thing to do is to distract our minds from whatever is bothering us. If you sit there and think about all the wonderful times you had together with your ex, and how much you’re going to miss them, then you’re never going to get out of this spiral of despair!
Do something that takes your mind off of your sadness. This could be anything from taking an art class, to going out for coffee with a friend. Take your mind off of who and what your mourning, and keep yourself busy.
The first few weeks are the hardest, so that’s when it’s more important than ever to stay busy. It may be hard to focus on anything else, however, the busier you are, the more your natural survivalist instinct will kick in.
Give Yourself Time
As much as you might feel like you’re the first person that’s ever felt this is sad, the truth is that many have been heartbroken before you, and many will continue to be after you.
Some experts say that it takes an average of six weeks to start moving on after the grief of a breakup. That’s not to say the pain goes away entirely, however, you’ll start to feel a cloud lifting right about this period of time.
However, remember that not everyone functions the same. For some people, it might take months, while for others it may even take years to get rid of the ping of hopelessness every time they think about their ex-partner.
Give yourself enough time to grieve, and remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a broken heart certainly wasn’t mended in a day either.
Practice Self Care
When you’re grieving it’s easy to self-destruct. However, now is more important than ever that you practice self-care. Eat well, get enough sleep, and take care of your hygiene. If not for your basic well-being, do it for your ego!
You never know when you could run into your ex in the street, so you want to make sure that you look your best if you do! Look after yourself during this hard time.