Struggling To Get Over A Breakup? Try These 7 Ways To Move On & Find Happiness Again

Breakups are never easy to navigate. Finding one’s feet after a faith-shattering experience is not a cakewalk. So, if you’re looking for some help in this heartbreaking journey, here are some ways to make things easier after a breakup.

How to get over a breakup & be happy as a single person

1. Cut off contact completely, including following each other on social media

While it’s not unnatural to develop a cordial relationship with an ex after a breakup, when a breakup is fresh or not mutual or amicable, it’s not healthy to try to creep back into each other’s lives under the guise of friendship, especially if it’s right after the breakup. You need distance in order to have a better perspective about a person. If you don’t spend enough time without your ex, you’ll not get used to life without them.

So, delete each other’s phone numbers, unfollow them on social media, and avoid meeting, too. Of course, use the block button if need be. The last thing you need is to feel emotional when they view your story, accidentally like your post, or post photos with the new person they’re dating!

2. Make a list of reasons the breakup happened & keep it handy

If you’ve left a toxic relationship, or are having trouble sticking to your decision to break up, make a list of reasons you left in the first place. Was it over a non-issue, or was it an irreconcilable difference between the two of you that has no solution? If it’s the latter, keep that list handy and re-read it whenever you miss them and want to call them.

Reminding yourself of the reasons you fell in love with them, and fixating on who they used to be, is of no use if that love isn’t there anymore, or if it won’t work out. Focus on why you broke up, and remember it. The pain will eventually turn into indifference. But, for that to happen, you have to acknowledge what went wrong in the first place.

3. Spend time with friends and family

struggling to get over a breakup? try these 7 ways to move on & find happiness again

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Romantic love isn’t the only kind of love in life. Spending time with friends and family is important to remind yourself that you still have love in your life and people who care about you. Don’t distance yourself from those who have never hurt you and are there for you. Surround yourself with them and see the silver lining in all this–you’re not alone.

Not only that, but in the case of many toxic relationships, one can get distanced from friends and family due to a controlling partner. Rekindle your old friendships and spend time with the people you love and miss but couldn’t meet.

4. Do things you love that you couldn’t do with them

It often happens that we don’t do certain things we enjoy because a partner disapproves. It could be things as simple as wearing that red lipstick that your ex hated, going out to eat the food you love but he didn’t want to experiment with, getting the kind of haircut you wanted but he disliked, or going to museums to look at art which he scoffed about. It could also be something big, like taking up a job you wanted to do, or moving to a city you wanted to live in.

Things that bring us joy, but which we sidelined because our partner wasn’t interested in them, are all we can enjoy again after a breakup. So, make the most of this time and live for yourself, selfishly.

5. A change of scene, especially being around nature, helps

It’s very clichéd to say that being around nature helps with heartbreak, but it’s true. There’s something faith-affirming and soul-soothing about green surroundings, clean air, and the beauty of natural life.

The freshness of green leaves, the blues in the sky, the sparkle of the sea when the sun hits it–these things make you feel that life is bigger than one breakup, and that there are larger forces at play in the universe. It takes your mind off sorrows and makes you see the beauty in the world.

6. Invest time in hobbies like dancing, photography, art and the like

Doing things we love makes us happy, and those happy hormones are great for relieving stress. Things like dancing, running, or hiking are also good forms of exercise, which release endorphins in the body and help combat bad moods.

Plus, expressing oneself through art, be it painting, photography, singing, or craft, is a peaceful way to pass the time and keep busy.

7. Instead of jumping into another relationship, learn to enjoy your own company

It’s not wise to jump from one relationship to another. Give yourself time to process what happened, and learn to enjoy your own company, because being alone doesn’t mean being lonely.

If you really want to go out and meet new people, do that without the desire or expectation of falling in love or finding a partner. Get a coffee, go for a walk, and test the waters without thinking too much about the future or commitment. Life is about enjoying the ride, not stressing about the destination.

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