Break Up Tips I Wish I Had Listened To

When my first serious relationship ended, I turned into a mess of watching crap on tv, eating takeaways, and crying into bottles of wine. Eventually I got over my ex, but the advice I was given during this time, I wish had listened to. It would have made the situation better, I would have felt better sooner. These are some of the better break-up pearls of wisdom I received; be smarter than me and listen to these pointers — it’ll make the process much less terrible.

Talk About It.

In order to fully get over any situation, you should talk about it and reason it through. Figure out what went wrong. Reason through it. Understand that it wasn’t your fault — it always takes two. Avoid playing the “what if” game (unless you’re trying to drive yourself crazy). Grab anyone who will listen and vent until you feel yourself feeling better.

Depend On Your Friends, But Be There For Them As Well.

One silver lining of any break-up is that you inevitably become closer to your friends. You will probably rely on them a lot for emotional support because you’ve just lost one of the people closest to you. Who else is going to drag you out of your place when you’ve been holed up in your room, wearing the same pyjamas for three days in a row and writing angst-y poetry that sounds like something straight out of Taylor Swift’s diary?
Go on friend dates. Go to dinner, the movies, or parties with them. You are no longer singularly focusing all of your emotional energy on one other person; take the opportunity to focus it on those around you and become a better friend.

Stop Speaking To Them Regularly, For At Least A Period Of Time.

If you continue talking to your ex without having gotten over your break-up — even if it is only semi-regularly — you will constantly feel shitty because they will continue to be on your mind. Breaking up with someone means that you can no longer be emotionally involved with him or her in the same way; you can’t turn to your ex for validation and you can’t let him or her use you for validation either. Maybe you two had an umbilical cord of undying communication before you broke up. Maybe you told each other everything — from what you ate for breakfast to something funny your boss said. You don’t get to do that anymore. Wait until you’ve had some time to heal before you resume communication.

Focus Energy On Yourself 

One perk of breaking up with someone is that you suddenly have all of this time that you’re no longer spending on or with him or her. Take some of that time and invest it in yourself — whether it be working on self-improvement or taking up a new hobby. Read books. Go the gym. Learn how to speak Japanese. Find something that can sap up some of your energy, serving as a distraction while also making you feel good about yourself.

Avoid Their Social Media

The reasoning behind this is very similar to the logic behind #3. We live in the age of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and what-have-you. The problem with social media is that it feeds our greatest fear: that our ex is having fun — no, that our ex is happier — without us. The more time you spend at your desk, refreshing their Facebook page to find out what they’re doing or who they’re hanging out with at any given moment, the more you stunt your emotional growth.
So, hide them from your News Feed. Un-follow them for a little while. It might seem petty, but you will thank yourself for it later.

Don't Hook Up With Them Again

It’s easy to hook up with an ex. You already know what they like, and you already feel comfortable with them. In addition, chances are that you’re still attracted to them — even though it would be so much easier if you weren’t. Don’t hook up with them after you’ve broken up. Just don’t do it, no matter how tempting it seems. Doing so is like ripping open the delicate scab that has just begun to form over the gash they slashed in your heart. You will continue to feel attached to them, and it will just take longer to get over them. 

Don't Rebound Too Fast

We all know the serial dater — the person who jumps straight into one relationship from another. This probably isn’t the healthiest break-up tactic: more often than not, it means that you’re placing your self-worth in the state of being with another person.  Learn how to be alone first. Learn how to make yourself happy instead of relying on other people to make you happy. Learn how to depend on yourself before you allow yourself to depend on someone else.

 When You Feel Ready, Date Casually.

They say that one of the best ways to get over someone is to get under someone else. While this isn’t wholly true, it can help the process — as long as you aren’t trying to become emotionally involved with someone too soon after your break-up (see #7).  Dating casually — or even hooking up casually — can help you regain some of the confidence that you probably lost after your break-up. Though you can’t depend on external validation, it’s nice to feel wanted and to know that other people want you.

Get Rid Of Their Stuff

keeping their stuff is unnecessary emotional masochism. It will only serve to remind you of them and the memories you shared, which you may be able to look back upon with fondness in the future but certainly not before you’ve gotten over the break-up.
Do yourself a favour and toss out their stuff — even the really expensive necklace they bought you from Tiffany’s for your birthday. Think of it as emotional cleansing. Just as you’ve purged them from your life, purge all of the stuff that came with them.

It Gets Better

You will find yourself thinking about them less and less. Sometimes, you will go whole days — and then whole weeks — without thinking about them. You will forget all of the details of their life that seemed so significant when you loved them. When it feels shitty, it feels shitty and you’ll just have to tough it out. But one day, you will wake up and all the pain and anger you harboured during the bleakest moments of your break-up will have disappeared.


  1. Unplug is the best advice, having a clean break from them can really help! Rebecca | xx

  2. What a relatable post!! Super agree with everything you said especially about opening up about it!

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  3. Love this! Broke up with someone yesterday.


  4. I needed so many of these tips when I broke up with my ex, I did so many things wrong! What a great post

  5. Thank you SO much for this. I've recently just come out of a relationship and this is already helping - appreciate your honesty and sharing this :)

    Love, Megan x

    1. aw anytime you gorgeous creature! x

  6. What a BRILLIANT post - chocca full of great advice - ESP about unplugging, breaking off communication and never to hook up x

  7. Brilliant post full of GREAT advice x

  8. Thanks for this very useful tips. Especially talking to other people about my break up helped me alot.


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