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Mend Your Broken Heart: Readers Share 20 Of The Best Ways To Overcome A Broken Heart

Break-ups can be incredibly difficult, especially when you’re on the receiving end. Whether it catches you off guard or you saw it coming, the pain and heartache remain equally intense. Navigating a breakup can be emotionally turbulent and challenging. However, it’s crucial to remember that you must move forward and embrace the future.

Know It’s Over

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“The biggest thing for me is to let go. Let go of everything you were looking forward to. Everything you wanted to do. You no longer want to do those things. Every time you begin a conversation in your head you wanted to have, let go. It’s hard, but you’ve got to reformulate your life without them. They’re not coming back.”

Take Up A New Hobby

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One user shared, “When my wife left me, I immediately started a woodworking project. I had to stop and cry every hour or so, but at least I had my mind occupied some of the time.”

Social Media BlackOut

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A third user said, “Block them on all social media and delete their phone number. It’s not malicious if they don’t want to talk to you anymore. I can tell you from experience seeing them comment on mutual friends’ posts or seeing their new selfies or new life events that you’re not going to be included in is a new kind of torture. Eventually, by forcing yourself to see them less, you will consequently avoid thinking about them or remembering to do so.

You Need Time

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“For me, it was time. It takes a lot of time. You can’t fast-forward it, but you have to continue to move on!”

Write a Letter

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“I wrote a letter but did not send it. Even read it again in the initial few weeks when I missed her—reminded me why I left her. Sounds weird but in those moments of weakness where I wanted to contact her, I read the letter and moved on from the feeling. It works.”

Get Busy Living

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A poster commented, “Gym, cry sessions, look towards the future. It hurts, but the only thing you can try to do is better yourself and look forward.”

Give Yourself Grace

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“It took me 5 years to accept that I was a victim of constant manipulation and emotional abuse. I remind myself of this often so it doesn’t happen again. I do know, however, that as cliche as it sounds, time heals all wounds.”

Do Something, Anything

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A user mentioned, “Find a hobby, meet new people or maybe start doing something you used to before you started dating but stopped because you didn’t have the time anymore. Just do something.”

Here’s What Not To Do

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A poster said, “I became a man-wh****e for a while. It was distracting, but it felt so empty. Don’t do that. The oxytocin dump is real and unforgiving.”

For You, Not Them

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A top-liked comment said, “What helped me the most was writing her a long email about her faults and sh****ty behavior. If you do this, don’t hold anything back.  That said, Do NOT send this email. It’s therapy for you, not for them.”

Focus On You

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One user commented, “⁠When you catch yourself starting an imaginary conversation or ruminating on them, acknowledge it and bring your mind away from it. Focus on the present. Practicing meditation will help you do this more effectively.”


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One poster added, “⁠Work out. If you do a challenging activity like running, you’ll be busy thinking about the fact that you’re “dying” and still have a ways to go before you get back home, and your breakup will be the least of your concerns at that moment. In the end, you’ll feel good because you actually did something, and you’ll feel like you’re making progress on something.”


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A user mentioned, ”If you don’t want to annoy your friends, vent to chatGPT. It may sound stupid, but it’ll acknowledge your feelings and give you some generic advice. It’ll help get things out of your system.”


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“I ⁠read the book “Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find–and Keep– Love.” I burned through this book in a couple of days, and it was like therapy. Do a quick search, and you’ll find the audiobook for free on YouTube.”


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A top-liked comment said, “⁠Attending a few therapy sessions helped me work through my feelings with someone there to give me their full attention for an hour.”

Burn List

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“⁠Write a list of things you didn’t like about your ex. Suppose they dumped you for no reason other than “I’m just not feeling it” or blindsided you. In that case, they are untrustworthy, lack communication skills, and are incapable of committing and putting in the work necessary for a relationship. That’s not the person you want to be with, and that should be item #1.”

Expand Your Social Circle

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This user shared, “⁠Join a new club, sign up for a class, start doing a new hobby, and make new friends. Once your social circle grows, you’ll find new support systems and maybe even a new crush!”

Be Sad, Move On

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A poster mentioned, “⁠If the breakup is extremely recent (less than 2 weeks), let yourself be sad. Let it wash over you, experience it, and accept that heartbreak is the most human of emotions. We all go through it. There are millions of people on the same boat as you right now. Cry, lay down and do nothing, listen to sad music, do all of that, but once the two weeks are up, you must stop. It’s time to start moving on. Just because you’re not moving on doesn’t mean everyone around you isn’t.”

Box It Up

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A user commented, “Get rid of everything that reminds you of them. You don’t have to throw it away but box it up, get rid of it. You need to start moving on, and you don’t need constant reminders of the hurt this person put you through.”

Find Yourself

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Finally, “This is a time for you to reconnect with yourself and find who you want to be apart from the influence of someone else. This is your opportunity to level up!”
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