Heartbreak – 20 Solutions
Have you, at any point in your life, suffered a broken heart? Those waves of intense grief, emptiness, sadness, anger, confusion, heaviness and low self-esteem? Depending on the kind of person, you are and the situation, break-ups can be traumatic enough to affect your emotional and physical health. They may say that no one ever died of a broken heart, but when you are suffering from one, it sure does not feel that way, at least initially. Most people will tell you that you will get over it or you will meet someone else, but it seems easier said than done.
There are strategies that can lessen the pain. Here are 20 steps that can help
- Be aware of your real intentions
Do you want to move past the break-up? On the other hand, do you harbor hopes of getting back with your ex? Define your emotional goal. You cannot move on until you have truly accepted that the relationship is over.
- Make a clean break
Do not do the ‘on-again-off-again’ routine. It will only prolong the inevitable. Also, resist the urge to call your ex. How do you know if you are over your ex? That is the million-dollar question. A good indication is when you no longer want to get back together with the person. Additionally, when the thought of your ex having a relationship with someone else does not affect you. Although you might not necessarily be ‘happy’ for him/her, but if you have gotten over your ex, you will not care either way.
- Don’t get self-destructive
Getting angry (or desperate), trying to hurt yourself or someone else, drinking or taking drugs to become numb and feel better, or locking yourself up in a dark room are not going to do anything to help your situation. These things do not actually deal with the pain; they only mask it, which only prolongs the sadness.
- Share your feelings
It could be with a friend or family member. Talking is a great way to cleanse your soul and ease your tension.
- Cry it out
Getting some of those raw emotions out can be a big help, so it is okay to cry as much as needed, irrespective of whether you are a person or a girl.
- Give your heart time to heal
It takes time for sadness to go away. This depends on what caused your heartbreak, how you deal with loss, and how quickly you tend to bounce back from things. Getting over a break-up can take a couple of days to many weeks — and sometimes-even months.
- Keep yourself busy
This can be difficult when you are coping with sadness and grief, but it really helps. Just make sure you busy yourself with positive activities like doing projects around the house, going on a trip, exercising, friend-time and focusing on studies or work. Do not get self-destructive and at all costs avoid excesses of any kind.
- Watch a movie
To distract yourself, choose a comedy that has cheered you up before. Alternatively, watch one that has guaranteed to make you sob — you might be surprised how good that makes you feel.
- Take a holiday/vacation or weekend off
Visit an old friend or go back home to your roots. A change of environment does wonders for the spirit. It recharges your batteries. It also gives you some time to think and find closure in a different setting.
- Surround yourself with friends
Interacting with others will help you in resuming a normal life balance. It may open up opportunities for new friendships too. Consider dating other people, but be wary of rebound relationships.
- Remind yourself of your good qualities
Often people with broken hearts blame themselves for what happened. Getting your self-esteem back on track is the key to your recovery.
- Focus on yourself
You are going through a tough time, so do the things that make you feel good again. Get a new hairstyle, have a spa day, dance, or go shopping. Get lots of sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly to minimize stress and depression.
- Improve yourself
This is an opportunity to make a journey into self-discovery. Discover what you want from life and go after it.
- Get rid of the memories
Do your mourning and then put everything that reminds you of your ex in a box and seal it. Return it to them, throw it away, donate it to charity or ask a friend to hold on to it indefinitely. Get rid of anything that keeps you in the past, if it hurts.
- Learn from the break-up
Take the positives from it, and even more importantly, learn from the negatives. There is nothing worse than dragging your negative habits along with you to future relationships, because you will just end up with the same result until you learn from your mistakes.
- Get out
Force yourself to go out even if you are feeling depressed. Go for a cup of coffee or a long walk.
- Move on
People who are dealing with a break up tend to play over past events in their head ad nauseum. This behavior is normal in the early days of a break up but it can quickly become a dangerous and defeatist coping strategy. Remember that the end is just the beginning. Visualize your future, block out the past. Pick up the pieces and go after the kind of life and relationship you deserve.
- Don’t punish your next partner
Judge future relationships on their own merits. Doesn’t let paranoia from the past enter the present? If you live in the past too much, you are not ready to be in another relationship yet. Learn to trust again. Do not let a bad experience keep you from living your life to the fullest.
- Consider getting professional help
Sometimes the sadness is so deep — or lasts so long — that one may need extra support. For a person who is not starting to feel better after a few weeks or who continues to feel depressed, talking to a psychologist, counselor, or psychiatrist can be very helpful.
- Take charge
Find the courage to pull yourself out of this rut. Take charge of yourself and you will find that there actually is life after ‘What’s-His-Name’ or ‘What’s-Her-Name’! You just need to make the decision so you can move on.
Take tiny steps each day and you will be amazed that you are starting to feel better. Lean on your friends and family, and remember, time will heal all wounds.