A Handy Guide To Hanging Out With Your Ex As A Friend

Don’t worry, you’ll get through this.

So breakups are tough, right? Right.

But maybe, down the road, after the pain subsides, you and your ex decide to try hanging out as friends.

Well, it can be a little tricky. But fear not, here are some do’s and don’ts for hanging out with your ex! Are you excited? Be excited.

1. DO: ask yourself if you still have lingering feelings for the person. If so, maybe you’re not ready for this. You might wanna rain check, friend.

2. DON’T: meet your ex at their home. It’ll be too easy for something awkward to happen.

3. DO: choose a neutral, public place to meet. Lunch is a safe option. It might be sort of weird at first, but you’ll get through it.

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(Or better yet, meet for brunch. It’s impossible for anything to be awkward or wrong or weird during brunch. Brunch is the best.)

4. DON’T: drink too much. Careful with the bottomless mimosas, and if you decide to go to a bar, watch your alcohol intake.

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…because booze leads to EMOTIONS.

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…and embarrassing situations.

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5. DO: buy your own drinks. You’re independent and self sufficient, so act like it!

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6. DON’T: be a showoff. Don’t brag or act aloof.

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7. DO: be amiable, courteous, and attentive. Smile, even if you have to fake it.

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8. DON’T: attempt to rekindle anything. Don’t be flirty. Just don’t. Stop that.

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9. DO: Keep it cool. Keep it light.

10. DEFINITELY DON’T: try to get closure on something that happened during your relationship. That’s just gonna lead to a fight.

11. DO: keep the past in the past. Now isn’t the time to rehash old issues, so keep it classy.

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12. DON’T: compare any new partners to your ex.

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13. DO: be supportive of your ex if they seem to be into someone else. Keep judgements to a minimum.

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14. DON’T: beat yourself up if you mess up and do something you shouldn’t. It’s not the end of the world.

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15. DO: keep feelings in check. If your ex confesses they still have feelings for you, tread lightly. No one would blame you for wanting to bail, and you’ll probably be doing them a favor in the long run.

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Most of all, DO keep a level head, trust your instincts, and have a good time. But not too good a time. Behave yourself.

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