By Pauline Plott—
Breaking up, especially with someone you love, can be devastating. Although most people have their own coping mechanisms, it can be easy to forget them in a time of great distress. That’s because heartbreak often leads to a flood of emotions and thoughts that can take over your life.
Thankfully, there are many proven ways to healthily deal with your newfound stressor and emerge stronger than ever before. Listed below are the top five steps to get over your broken heart and rebuild your life.
1. Let Your Emotions Do Their Thing
Heartbreak involves a lot of emotional pain and it’s important to embrace the feelings you’re feeling instead of ignoring them and pretending everything is okay. Feeling sad, angry or depressed is completely normal after a breakup. If you allow yourself to cry and grieve, it can act as a means of catharsis.
There is no set time for getting over the pain and although it is beneficial to experience it, it’s also important not to wallow. The release of so much emotion can be addictive and if you’re not careful and proactive about improving your situation, you risk getting stuck in your funk.
2. Spend Time with Others
Immediately after a breakup, you may be tempted to lock yourself in your room and ignore the world. While this is understandable, it’s probably not the right thing to be doing in your mental state. As difficult as it may be, it’s important to get out there and spend time with the people who matter most to you.
Good friends will be understanding of your needs and will probably even offer to be with you. Take them up on their offers and spend time not thinking about your ex. The less time you focus on your heartbreak, the more time you can focus on…