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How Do You Actually Deal With Getting Your Heart Broken?

Because there's no instruction manual for getting chewed up and spit out by love.

If you’ve ever had your heart broken, you know that it feels a little like getting hit by a truck, slapped in the face, and stepping in dog shit… all at the same time.

But even though heartbreak is one cruel bitch, it’s usually a pretty pivotal learning experience, too.

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Maybe getting your heart stomped all over helped you realize what you really want, need, and deserve from a relationship. / Via

And hopefully, how you can use that intel in the future to distinguish someone worthwhile from someone who isn't.

Maybe that first real heartbreak helped you understand just how powerful love is that it can produce insane highs and incredible lows.

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So you let down your guard and let yourself be vulnerable and now you're miserable. But hey, at least you put yourself out there, right?

Or maybe eventually picking your sorry self off the bathroom floor made you realize that you’re a hell of a lot stronger than you give yourself credit for.

SO, what do you wish you could tell your younger self about heartbreak?

What advice do you have about dealing with it, getting past it, and not letting it get the best of you?

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Seriously, we want to know. What tips could you have really used back then? What knowledge do you wish someone told you years ago? Drop some lovelorn wisdom in the comments and it might be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Health article. Plus, it might help someone who's going through the same thing you once went through. Do it for love, people.