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    Updated on Jul 15, 2020. Posted on Jul 14, 2020

    32 Tips For Getting Over A Broken Heart From People Who've Already Been There

    "Every breakup is simply an opportunity!"

    We recently asked our BuzzFeed Community to tell us their tipis for getting over a broken heart. Here are some of their words:

    If you're feeling heartbroken and want to try out some of the tips listed in this post, make sure that you're still following the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines that are specific to your area to keep yourself and others safe.

    1.

    @graceandfrankie / Via giphy.com

    "Watch Grace and Frankie on Netflix. The show is about two women in their 70's whose husbands leave them, for each other. They go through the divorce process as frenemies and then become the best of friends. Even though it’s a TV show it made me feel like if they could get through that, I could get over my break up. Kind of helped minimise the whole thing for me and made it seem like it could always be worse. It made me cry like a baby and laugh like wild. It’s been godsend for my last two break ups."

    carlyecastro

    2.

    "I wrote a list of all the things I’d achieved without that person – it showed me how amazing my life was without them and how it can be again. Then write a list of all the things you want to do."

    amyjen123

    3.

    "CRY. Don't hold it in. Get your friend over, stick on something soppy and let it all out. Being tough isn't gonna help you in the long run, you have to let yourself feel before you can heal."

    emmfarc

    4.

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    "Spend lots of time doing time-heavy activities you could never do in your relationship because it took up your time. Give yourself a full pedicure, watch Titanic, play Age of Empires for six hours. Enjoy it and reflect how rarely you got the chance for this stuff when you were in the relationship."

    stipyit

    5.

    "Let yourself feel whatever you need to feel. Sometimes a breakup can feel like grieving so you're going to feel different each day and that's okay.

    Keep yourself busy. Lean on friends. Make new friends. Say 'yes' to plans you wouldn't normally. Do the things you always wanted to but never got around to. Once you start doing and living and enjoying life, you'll remember who you were before the relationship and feel empowered to be your whole self again. No compromises."

    nevircs

    6.

    "Two words: self care! Do all of the things that your ex wouldn’t do with you, and enjoy some precious alone time."

    tessv4dd03363a

    7.

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    "For me, I looked objectively at the relationship. It's so hard to do when you're going through heartbreak but it's so so important. When you're heartbroken and feeling rejected, you want comfort (usually in your ex) but that just isn't good for anybody.

    I made sure to remember the reasons we broke up. I made sure to remember all the ugly stuff because that's the reason we weren't going to work. I then took time to do what I wanted without ridicule. He used to act like anything I wanted to watch would be automatically awful... so I watched all the series that he would complain throughout without giving it a chance. I listened to my music loud and sang without interruption. I started becoming unapologetically me. I'm still getting over the trauma because it was clearly quite an abusive relationship but it definitely helped in those first few weeks and months when I was heartbroken and felt like I wasn't good enough."

    dragonbunny

    8.

    "Stop believing in 'soul mate' and/or 'the One'. It makes break ups way harder. You will love multiple people in your life. This will hurt, but you will find someone else."

    meghanm6716

    9.

    "I write out a text and don't send it. During a break up, I often feel like I didn't get to say what I wanted to; typing it out gets it out of my system."

    ruzinabegum1234

    10.

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    "Date. I don't mean date to find a new partner but just date to date. I did some self care, got on Tinder and remembered how to talk myself up and have fun and feel good about myself. I also had a new found sense of what I wouldn't tolerate in people."

    charlene844

    11.

    "Write down your feelings when you feel like you can't express them vocally to supportive loved ones, there's nothing worse than keeping sad thoughts bottled up. Remind yourself of the reasons why you broke up or why you weren't compatible. Nostalgia is the sandpaper of the memory and you'll start to remember good times and miss them, but there is a reason why it didn't work and you need to remember that.

    I'm three months on from my break up with who I thought I'd be with forever and I'm in such a better and free headspace now! Taking up a new hobby helps too!"

    mads92

    12.

    "As crass as it sounds, the first step for me was to sleep with someone else. Not out of lust, but it enabled me to stop connecting sex with my ex-partner and start seeing it as another part of normal life that I could do without him. Of course, this should only be done when you are really ready, otherwise you will just regret it and hate yourself for it."

    lilyp4a8242794

    13.

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    "Zero contact, at least for a while. Block them on social media, block their number, block everything. If you think you'd like to be back in contact with them sometime, make a note of their number somewhere not easily accessible. Maybe you'll want to get back in contact with them at some point, maybe you never want to speak to them again. Either option is absolutely valid (unless you have children together which obviously necessitates a certain amount of contact).

    And if they give the old 'I hope we can still be friends' line, don't feel obligated to acquiesce if you don't really want that. Simply say 'I don't need any more friends; the ones I have already are pretty great' and then remember how awesome it is that you can now enjoy devoting more time to your social circle."

    mrkbuzz

    14.

    "Listen to really sad break up songs and have a good cry. Then once you've got it all out put some upbeat empowering break up songs on – dance, sing and remember how awesome and amazing you are."

    lisah4d8a90b7e

    15.

    "Know that this feeling is temporary and you'll get through it eventually – likely without even realising. Allow yourself time to heal – distract yourself if you need to but allow yourself to wallow in pity sometimes too. Know that this journey isn't linear and sometimes you'll feel that you're taking backwards steps but eventually you'll make it through."

    classicksarah

    16.

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    "Treat yo’ self! One good thing about heartbreak is that it separates you and your past S.O, bringing you back to the times you weren’t in a relationship. Now you have the time and energy to realise your self-worth and focus on the things that you enjoy. Get your nails done. Do some serious shoe shopping. Eat at a really fancy restaurant. Whatever it is, treat yo’ self!"

    junipermint

    17.

    "After you have had some time to grieve and get your life back on track; make sure that you learn from the breakup. Think about why you allowed yourself to be treated in a way that didn't suit you; what habits you have that made the relationship less successful; or whether it was just bad circumstances. Try reading some self-help books, speaking to a therapist or asking friends for advice to give you ideas. Then you can be confident that next time round you will have a better chance of finding a good relationship."

    gisella770

    18.

    "One thing I've always used, at some point in the grieving process is to start a list of all the positive aspects of having this person out of your life. For me, I was very happy about not having to deal with my ex's mother or step-father again. Your mileage may vary."

    jeffa007

    19.

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    "This may sound like a weird one, but do stupid stuff with your friends and family. Things that seem silly. Jump in a fountain! Go fishing! Go to an arcade! Dance around in public! Even if they're just a distraction for now, they'll turn into memories later that will help push out all the recent heartbreak."

    colleend9

    20.

    "Make a list of the 'fantasy' vs 'reality' – the way you remember things versus the way it really was. A lot of people tend to romanticise the past, remembering it to be better than it actually was."

    courtney3714700

    21.

    "Invite all your best friends over, drink wine, and watch The First Wives Club. YOU DON’T OWN ME!"

    Th3FatPanth3r

    22.

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    "First, I watch Legally Blonde because Elle Woods is the best inspiration for somebody who has been through a breakup and comes out on top. Then I will shuffle things up in my life to feel new and fresh, like dying my hair. Just be really nice to yourself and focus on things that make you feel good."

    sonjau

    23.

    "Distraction. Go for a hike and leave your phone in the car. Actually, stay off your phone (social media especially) as much as possible on days you have that huge pit in your stomach. Spend time with the people who truly know you and will listen to every wild thought in your head. Cry. Listen to angry music (my personal fave). Pet your dog. Go out to dinner with your best friends.

    The more time that's put between you and the break up, the easier it gets. Distract yourself with other activities until the pain dulls a bit and you can think more rationally about the relationship."

    kabauer

    24.

    "Anytime you feel mopey or want to call or message them, go for a nice long run outdoors. It helps to clear those residual cobwebs."

    thefirsthovis

    25.

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    "Dress up and take some bomb selfies! Feeling good about how you look allows you to fall back in love with yourself. Bonus points for posting online with a vaguely petty caption."

    s43e679d40

    26.

    "Sometimes therapy can be a great option to help you reset! After my husband left me, my therapist helped me restructure my life and set myself up for more mindful relationships in the future."

    btg123

    27.

    "Every breakup is simply an opportunity! Dating is all trial and error til we find that 'One'. So why would you want someone who doesn’t see you as that? You now have that opportunity to take what you learned in that relationship, find yourself and then the one will come!"

    oliviaroseo3

    28.

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    "Adopt a pet or buy a plant. Have something ALIVE that relies on you. Pets are the best, even some cool fish can be life-affirming (but when you adopt an animal it’s for LIFE, not just til you feel better!)."

    erinbrewster

    29.

    "Allow a period of separation before trying to be friends. Afterwards, truly evaluate whether or not you’d like for them to be in your life. Chances are you need them much less than you thought you did."

    aperson4

    30.

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    "During my last breakup I really looked in the mirror and noticed how unhappy I was. Find something you're passionate about or maybe have been putting off. I dropped fifty to sixty pounds of bored eating because he never wanted to go anywhere and signed up for classes to get into med school. I'm halfway through and thriving. Focus back on you and what you want in life, you'll never look back."

    cgoodwin272

    31.

    "For every six months I was in the relationship, I gave myself two weeks to recover."

    schulzemary214

    32.

    "My mantra is 'it was a good chapter, but it isn’t the entire story.' That helps me focus on the good parts of the relationship, find some lessons from it and remember that my story isn’t over. It also keeps me in a positive mindset and not look at the other person with hate. Definitely has made it easier to find closure!"

    lizm4afe0a7a0

    Some entries have been edited for clarity and length.

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