Ask Away...: 5 Very Different Options For Coping With Heartbreak

Sunday, July 16, 2017

5 Very Different Options For Coping With Heartbreak


When a relationship you have been invested in unexpectedly comes to an end, it’s one of the hardest things to cope with. You thought you had your future all tied up, but suddenly - and often without any warning - all that has changed.

Coping with such a life-altering event is never simple; there’s definitely not one ‘right’ way to do it. How you handle such a setback depends on your personality and what happened in the relationship itself but, for the most part, you have five different options to choose from.

1 - Get Angry

Angry can be a useful emotion initially, as it helps to stop you feeling the depth of any emotional sadness. If you feel you have been broken up with without sound justification, then anger is the natural response. It can even be liberating; you can think so bad of your now-ex significant other for what they have done, it eradicates all desire to be with them. Provided you don’t let it control you, anger can be a decent way to respond.

2 - Get Sad

Perhaps the most obvious and unpredictable of responses; sadness is a natural reaction to the end of something significant in your life. Sometimes, you need to live with the sadness and let it pass when it wants. Don’t feel pressured from outside sources to “get on with your life” or “move on” - you’ll get to that point, but only if you give yourself room to breathe.

3 - Get Him Back

In some circumstances, this might not be possible. However, if the relationship ended because of something you did - be it infidelity or just not making enough time for him - then there might be a chance you can rescue things. Have a read of and see if there’s any chance in the future; if so, do what you can to bring about the solution you most want.

4 - Get Distracted

If you’re not the type of person who wants to live with their pain, then distraction is another viable way of coping. Fill your life with friends and activities, to the point that you’re so busy you don’t have time to fret over your newly-single status. So long as you’re doing this of your own accord rather than being encouraged into it by other people, this can really work.

5 - Get Even

Finally, it would be naive to suggest that this doesn’t cross people’s minds - especially if they have been the victim of infidelity, or some other form of bad behavior. For the most part, women cutting up their ex’s clothes or trashing their car are mostly a trope, though as shows, it does happen. It’s important you do try and resist making them into a reality! Instead, focus on yourself and being the best that you can be because ultimately, that’s the best way of getting even. Showing someone what they’re missing and that you’re doing just fine without them is a potent way to respond, and it’s one you benefit from too!

What are your methods for coping with heartbreak?

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