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15 Steps to Healing and Recovery Following a Breakup

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How to Recover From a Breakup

An individual undergoing a break up will utilise a variety of techniques in an attempt to alleviate the 'unbearable' emotional pain felt.

The methods used to relieve the pain can either prolong the pain felt, or lessen its severity. Also, the techniques used can either lengthen or shorten the recovery time. Furthermore, the methods employed can either quicken or delay the healing process from commencing.

Remember, the duration of recovery depends on a variety of reasons other than the methods utilised to recover from a break up. They include:

  • How long you have been in the relationship.
  • How much you have invested in the relationship.
  • Your personality.
  • The reason for the break up.
  • How you responded to the break up.

The following are techniques you can employ to allow the healing process to commence, and get past the break up.

1. Accept the Fact You Are Hurt

Admitting to yourself you are hurt following the end of your relationship is the first step in ushering the healing process, a precursor to recovering from your break up.

Not acknowledging you are hurt is veiling your heart from learning the truth about the status of the relationship. You are keeping it in dark concerning the relationship thereby intensifying the pain felt as it's confused on the reality of the relationship.

2. Experience & Tranquilize the Hurtful Emotions

Accepting you are heart implies feeling the hurtful emotions given rise by the break up. There is no joy in experiencing hurtful emotions e.g. anger, sadness, fear or anxiety, and hatred. These unpleasant emotions play a vital role in our lives.

Negative emotions inform us of the occurrence of an unpleasant event or situation. Consequently, feeling a negative emotions, or several of them, is acknowledging we're hurt, or were the catalyst of the pain we're feeling.

When you suppress the negative emotions - not wanting to feel them - you're denying you're hurt, and the break up didn't occur. As a result, you'll be living in a denial world. The negativity of bottling up negative emotions is deepening the wound inflicted on your heart. This will jeopardise your recovery from the break up.

Experiencing the hurtful emotions doesn't mean feeling them for the rest of your life. It implies accepting you are feeling a certain emotion, or mixed emotions. It's acknowledging you're feeling certain negative emotions that have elicited emotional pain as a result of the occurrence of the hurtful event, the break up.

When you have admitted the above you're feeling the emotions, and the resultant pain, don't feel the emotions anymore. Don't let them reside in your heart. When you give them room to stay, they'll cause unbearable pain in your life. They will darken your world, and make it difficult to enjoy your life.

3. Don't Keep It to Yourself

Following the end of your relationship, you can tell your trusted friend(s) or loved ones you've broken up with your partner, or you've been dumped. The revealing of the status of your relationship to your trusted friend or loved one will act as an emotional support. This includes telling them how you're fairing following the break up.

An emotional support strengthen our resolve to get over the break up. They offer us hope we can get past the break up, and enjoy our life again. It encourages us the end of the relationship isn't the end of our world. It helps in lessening the severity of pain felt.

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An emotional support might also involve seeking the services of a mental health professional. This is particularly the case if you're finding it difficult to get over the break up, you're unable to bring negative emotions you're feeling under control, you're compelled to inflict pain - physical or psychological - on your ex, you're depressed, and you feel it's better to end your life than experiencing the unbearable pain or the knowledge you won't spend the rest of your life with your ex.

4. Write It Down

How are you feeling in relation to the break up? Which emotions are your feeling? Why are you feeling them? These are some of the things you can note down on daily, weekly, or irregular periods.

Writing down how you're feeling each day, the thoughts about the break up and the relationship, and so on, aids you in releasing the emotional burden you're feeling. It assists in assessing the relationship, and drawing conclusions about the relationship, and the break up. It aids in understanding more about yourself, and how you react to hurtful events or situations.

WebMD, in an article titled, 'Mental Health Benefits of Journaling,' states, among the benefits of the exercise, journaling helps with brooding, regulates emotions, and encourages opening up.

It helps with brooding. Writing about an emotional event can help you break away from the nonstop cycle of obsessively thinking and brooding over what happened...

It creates awareness. Writing down your feelings about a difficult situation can heo you understand it better. The act of putting an experience into words and structure allows you to form new perceptions about events.

It regulates emotions. Brain scans of people who wrote about their feelings showed that they were able to control their emotions better than those who wrote about a neutral experience. This study also found that writing about feelings in an abstract way was more calming than writing vividly.

It's recommended that you start journaling a few days following the break up; not immediately after the break up.

Some studies show that writing about a tramayic event immediately after it happens may actually make you feel worse. (WebMD)

5. Take a Break From Your Ex

A break up entails not only the severing of a relationship, but also contact with the ex-partner. It doesn't mean you can't remain friends. You can but only until you've healed and recovered from the break up.

Remaining in contact, or attempting to contact your ex, will, unconsciously, without having meant to, cause you to suppress the hurtful emotions you're feeling. You'll find yourself living in a fantasy world created by the mind as a result of reconnecting with your ex.

Your heart will be deceived into believing the relationship never ended, or you're back in the relationship again. Consequently, it will open its heart again to fall in love with the ex. The problem? Your heart is still in pain.

Until you have taken the necessary steps to usher in the healing process, and eventual recovery from the break up, your heart will never heal even if you return in the arms of your former lover, or a new one. The wound created in your heart will intensify each passing day, sometimes without your knowledge, which will prove catastrophic in future.

Unhealed emotional wounds can affect the relationship we're in, and other relationships, darken our world (feel in no mood for anything), and cause us to employ unhealthy techniques to get over the pain felt.

6. Don't Turn Against Yourself

You're the cause of the breakup. You deserve all the blame for the end of the relationship. But, how long will you blame yourself for the demise of the relationship?

Of course, you've to admit to yourself, and your ex, you're the cause of the breakup if indeed it's true. However, you shouldn't be too critical of yourself. Accepting the blame, asking for forgiveness, and working on improving on yourself is what you should aim for.

This also rings true for dumpers. You might feel guilty for having terminated the relationship. You might hate yourself for having gone through with your decision instead of giving the relationship another try. You have to deal with the guilt, whether it's justified to feel guilty or not - having ended the relationship on a reasonable ground, or not. Feeling guilty, hating yourself, treating yourself as worthless, and so on, will be detrimental to your emotional, mental, and physical health, including other aspects of your life.

7. Forgive Your Ex and Yourself

The means of dealing with the guilt of having been the cause, or having broken up with your partner, is to acknowledge this emotion you're feeling, and then forgive yourself, and seek the same, if you're the cause of the breakup, or your reasons for ending the relationship were groundless.

Forgiving yourself displays your acceptance you're the cause of the breakup. Thereby, it offers you an opportunity to straighten the crooked paths in your life so that you become a better you in all aspects of your life.

You should forgive your ex if they were the cause of the breakup. You can choose to forgive them without telling them or letting them know you've forgiven them for hurting you. Also, you should forgive them for breaking up with you if you feel they weren't justified to do so.

The most common negative emotions that sprouts from a breakup are anger, bitterness, and hatred. These three emotions are a clear indication of how much you loathe your ex (even if you've still feelings for them). They act as a wake-up call to take the necessary steps of forgiving your ex, or yourself, so that they don't influence your life negatively.

Remember, forgiving yourself and/or your ex doesn't translate to overpassing your behaviors or attitudes, or those of your ex, that might have led to the break up. It means you'll not let the negative emotions - anger, bitterness, hatred - enslave you to their whims.

Whilst the heart is receptive to forgive, the mind is, mostly, against that idea. Give your mind the reasons why it should forgive your ex and/or yourself. And allow the heart to start loving itself, again.

8. Damage the 'Video Tape'

If you want to heal and recover from the breakup, you need to stop re-running the good memories you shared with your ex in your mind. Your mind has done a wonderful job of filtering out of its system the not-so-good memories and concentrated only on the good parts of the relationship that you had with your ex.

Thinking about your ex and the good times you had with them only increases the pain you're feeling, makes you sadder, and disrupts the healing process. You're only doing yourself an injustice by not accepting the relationship ceased to be, don't want to face the pain, and want to reclaim something that's no longer there.

9. No More Love Songs

You should take a break from listening to any love songs, including the sad ones. You're feeling sad, so it's proper to listen to sad romantic songs. You can relate to the songs because that's how you're feeling. Nonetheless, listening to sad love songs won't make you feel happy about yourself, rejuvenate your mood, assist you in the healing and recovery process. Instead, they'll make you yearn for your ex, and cause you to feel more miserable.

In addition, the songs might make you loathe your ex the more, thereby increasing the pain and making it difficult to look forward to another day. Your days will be gloomy, wishing for death to swallow you, or to never awake from sleep.

10. Experience the Bright Side of the World

Don’t lock yourself in your closet for long. As much as you're hurting, or feel the world is a cruel place to live in, the world has a lot of good things to offer. In short, don’t mourn for too long.

Get out, and be encouraged and inspired by the world. When was the last time you took careful note of little things in life that matter but which usually go unnoticed? See that elderly woman smiling at you. That toddler trying to make good use of their not-so-strong legs. That woman carrying an unborn baby in her womb. That cat playing with a rope.

When have you visited a national park or reserve? Or an animal orphanage? Why not visit one and be encouraged by the wild animals. What about a pet? Do you have one? Get one, if not.

The world is not always that hurting. Not always that evil. You still have your life to enjoy it in the most appropriate way. Yeah, visit a museum. Or take a vacation or trip to a distant state or a foreign nation. Or, behold the beauty of a waterfall, trees, or the wonders of the world.

Have you ever gazed at the night sky dotted with stars and planets? Have you never been amazed at staring at them? Why not spend a small amount of time every night, when possible, gazing at the night sky.

The world is waiting for you to show you its good side.

11. Forget the Pain

Once you have forgiven your ex, be determined not to remember the pain caused by your ex (or yourself) that resulted in the breakup. When you think of what led to the pain you're feeling, your chances of healing and recovering will be compromised.

Hurts are never meant to be remembered. They should act as a reminder that they're inevitable. They should arm you with knowledge, and skills, on how to deal with them so that they don't affect your life, and relationships you have with others, negatively. Not remembering means not living in the past but learning from it and moving on with your life.

12. Get Back to Your Routines, and What You Loved Doing

A break up has a tendency to snatch from a person what mattered to them, the things they loved doing, and the routines they were accustomed to. Following a break up, an individual becomes moody - not wanting to talk to anyone, eat, or do the things they were interested in doing.

Consequently, you should start doing the things you loved doing, e.g., exercising, playing a particular game, walking for leisure, reading books, and so on.

Don't neglect to engage in activities that brought you happiness, made you feel good about yourself, and lightened up your world. Even in a hurtful situation, they act as a reminder that life isn't limited to the terminated relationship, and your ex. They assist you in appreciating life, and act as encouragement you can get better by concentrating on things that matter the most to you.

13. Volunteer

One of the human's most satisfying experiences is using one's knowledge and skills to help others. It makes an individual pleased at volunteering their time and skills in helping to accomplish a worthy task.

Thus, volunteering will deviate your mind from being focused on the breakup. It will lighten the intensity of the hurtful emotions you are feeling, and provide you with a positive outlook of the present and your future life.

Identify organizations that require volunteers on general or specific projects. You can search for volunteer opportunities online which are in need of volunteers in your local area, nationally, or internationally.

14. Be Grateful

However hurting or abusive your partner was, there were good times you shared together. No matter how unhealthy or unstable the relationship was, there were good moments you would want to treasure.

This doesn't mean you should always rewind your mind to such moments. It means, despite what might have led to the breakup, you're grateful to have been in the relationship with the person.

Being grateful, as opposed to blaming yourself or your ex, or being continuously angry and bitter towards your ex or yourself, will provide good thoughts and, subsequently, positive feelings that will usher in the healing process, and propel you towards recovery.

It might be a good idea to thank your ex for the time the two of you shared together. Even though your lives will head in different paths, you're thankful for having shared a part of you and theirs in the relationship.

15. Remember It Is Your Decision

If you aren't determined to heal and recover from the breakup, you'll never get past it. You've to be disciplined to see to it that you don't engage in activities that will hinder the healing process, and eventual recovery.

It might be difficult, but take courage of the fact you aren't the only one who has undergone a break up, and experiencing the effects of a breakup. You can recover from it just as tens of people recover from theirs every year.

Such people recovered from their breakups because they're focused, and they undertook healthy steps to see to it that they weren't enslaved by hurtful emotions resulting from their breakups.


When You Should Seek Professional Help

While some heal and recover from their breakup within the shortest time possible, some struggle getting past their breakup - hurtful emotions having enslaved them that they lack a clear or positive outlook of life.

You should seek professional help (e.g., a counselor or therapist) if:

  1. You are relying on alcohol and drugs to cope with the breakup.
  2. You're contemplating ending your own life.
  3. Your ex is threatening you.
  4. You want to get revenge on your ex by causing physical harm.
  5. You're overwhelmed by the hurtful emotions to the point your mental sanity is at stake.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: How can I get over him? I loved him then and still do. I can't stay away even if I want to please him. Please help me. We have been dating for over 8 months. How can I forget him so easily?

Answer: The first thing is you need to be disciplined and determined. You have to forget him if you want to recover from the breakup and move on. You need to delete his numbers from your phone book. Unfriend or block him from your online social accounts. Be determined you will not contact him and disciplined that when you feel like contacting him, you will tell yourself the relationship is over, you have to move on thus you need to forget him and move on with your life. Always remind yourself of this. You have to stop stalking him. Tear his photos into pieces. Always smile even when you feel sad because it will remind you there is a future, you can make it by recovering from the breakup and moving on. Forgive him if he was the one in the wrong and forgive yourself whether you were in the wrong or reacted negatively during the breakup. Be gentle to yourself and stop blaming yourself. Write a letter to yourself. In it, write why you have to forget him and move on. Always have that letter with you for it will always act as a reminder why you need to forget him. And love yourself and know clinging to him is denying yourself of the fact you can move on.

Question: How can I get over my ex even if I have to see him every single day? Will this method still work?

Answer: It will never work unless you cannot avoid because you work in the same place or study in the same class. If this is the case only treat him as a casual friend. Engage only in greetings and things related to work or assignment.

However, if it is the case you want to see him because you want to see him, you will not get over him. You have to stop seeing him, no talking to him or contacting him in any way. You have to distance yourself from him telling him you need your own space - of not seeing each other which means not talking to each other. Treat him as if you don't know him - a casual friend not a platonic friend.

Question: After my boyfriend and I broke up, he doesn't text me. I think he is avoiding me, what should I do?

Answer: Don't send him any texts as it's evident he is avoiding you. It is a difficult step to do but it's the right step to avoid falling into the pit of depression.

Don't send him another text for a minimum of two weeks. During this period you should concentrate your mind on things concerning you.

If he doesn't contact you within the two weeks, wait another two weeks of not contacting him.

Why should you not contact him? By not contacting him, you are preparing your heart and mind to accept there might be a breakup, and to gain the strength to move on.

After one month of no contact, send him a text to thank him and wish him all the best. Let him know it was cruel to treat you this way by ghosting you instead of letting you know he doesn't want to continue in the relationship.

This is a case of ghosting - not responding to your texts and not calling you.

Question: My ex and I were best friends and we had a relationship going on for a while. We keep on going off and on and I am trying to stop talking to him but he will not stop talking to me. I just want some time to heal. What do I say to him when he tries to get back into a relationship?

Answer: Tell him you need space and time. Your life is falling into pieces because of the getting together and apart. The fights, the returning to the relationship before you've even taken time to heal is affecting you negatively psychologically. You don't feel right now is the time to get together.

Let him know you need time to heal, to reflect on the relationship, to make sense of the relationship and you need time to take care of yourself since you've neglected yourself for quite a time. Thus, he should give you space by not communicating to do each other for a while.

Question: My boyfriend of five years didn't want marriage. I did, and so I broke it off. I keep hoping he will change and suddenly become the man I wanted. How do I stop these silly thoughts?

Answer: You have to reaffirm to your heart that the relationship is over. You have to tell it whenever you long for your boyfriend, that you wanted a man to spend the rest of your life within the form of marriage. The man you'd thought would be the one didn't want it.

Also, whenever you think of such thoughts, snap out of them by telling yourself to stop thinking about such things. You're wasting your life. You need to move on. It will take time, but the heart has to always know it is a no-no about your boyfriend and the wishful thinking.

Lastly, cease any form of communication and concentrate on your life. Store away his photos or tear them into pieces. Erase his phone numbers.

Tell your mind and heart to focus ahead. Always remind them the past is past. Now is the present.

Question: I am very much in love with a girl - can't live without her. I tried not to talk to her, but after some days or one week, I went back to her saying, "Hi! Hello!"

Whatever I do for her she always takes it in a negative direction. In the mid of our relationship she also cheated on me; now she is saying that we don't have any future and all that. What should I do?

Answer: You need to cut off communication with her despite how much you love her. I don't see your relationship heading anywhere because whatever you do she steers it in a different direction.

Don't contact her for more than two weeks. It will help in calming your mind and enabling you to reflect on the relationship without hurtful emotions or what you feel for her dictating what to think or decide. You need a time of your own to think things through.

But the way you've described the nature of your relationship, it's better you move on. It hurts but it's the only plausible solution.

Question: I have had an intimate relationship with a guy, and now suddenly he is saying we should be friends again. We have been like this for 3 years. What can I do?

Answer: You can not go from being intimate partners to platonic or close friends. It will never work because it will bring back memories you would wish to vanish, and you'll always be living in the past when you're no longer lovers but friends.

It appears your boyfriend is using you if this getting back and breaking up cycle has been going on like this. The best you can do is to cease communication. Let him know you want to have your own space until you feel confident to be friends.

I don't think trying to get back into the relationship with him is a good decision considering you've been very intimate with your partner for 3 years. The guy is just wasting your time.

After not contacting him for some time, you can be friends but not intimate or close friends. You should be casual friends.

Question: How do I get over an online affair with an old boyfriend who wants to stay married with his wife?

Answer: Here is what you're supposed to do: Tell him you no longer want to have an affair with him since he is a married man. Let him know you are ceasing any communication with him.

Don't stop there. You should unfriend and block him from your Facebook account or any social media site you're communicating through, and delete his number from your phone book if you're chatting through WhatsApp.

Don't give him time to plead with you not to distance yourself. If you do so, you'll never get over him. You have to move on with your life because you wouldn't want to destroy the relationship.

Wish him all the best. Let him know you won't be conversing with him any longer. You want to move on with your life with the hope you'll find your man for life in the near future.

Question: I just ended my relationship with my ex of 4 years about 2 months ago. Things were incompatible for both of us for some time but we dragged on for another 2 years. In the end, she decided to dump me. It hurts like hell. I barely eat and feel so depressed. I feel an emptiness in me and I am afraid I won't get into another relationship with a girl anymore and I don't have many friends to talk to. I still dream of her almost every night. What should I do?

Answer: What you are feeling are the effects of a breakup. You should have healed and recovered by now. If you don't have many friends to offer emotional support, don't fret. You can heal and recover without external support.

You should tell yourself the relationship is over, you should stop thinking about her. Let your heart know that what's in the past is in the past, it's time to move on.

In the article, I have provided steps you can take to heal. I will advise you to read them again.

However, the most important thing to remember is that you've to always remind to focus ahead. When you think about her, snap out of the thoughts. You have to stop thinking about her.

Question: I was in a relationship with a girl for almost ten years. Although we had an agreement that we will need to end our relationship one day if she found a better one as her parents do not like me; she ended it in a bad way when someone walked into her life. Now she wants to keep our friendship, but the hurt she has given to me over the breakup is vulnerable and need me to face her with her new guy. What should I do?

Answer: Firstly, she didn't keep her promise. Why? Maybe it's because to her she found a better guy than you. Secondly, you can't jump from being a lover to an instant friend. That is self-destruction.

You'll have to let her know currently you can't be friends. You need time to heal and recover from the breakup and move on. Until you've moved on, that's when you can be friends. You'll have to stop any communication with her till you've healed and recovered from the breakup.

You can't face her and her man and feel good about it. The breakup hasn't affected her. If it has, only a little bit by the fact she didn't end the relationship as you'd agreed.

There are many reasons why she wants the two of you to be friends but it will have to wait.

Question: I have to see the person that hurt me all day long. What can I do?

Answer: If you have to see the person who hurt you all day long then you have to make peace with yourself i.e your heart and mind - not allowing negative emotions form and control how you should behave or talk.

Tell yourself you won't allow the hurt to affect your life and relationship with others negatively. Forgive that person as hard as it is. Don't hold onto grudge, bitterness, hatred or anger for long. They will cause more miseries in your life which can lead to depression.

Don't react negatively when you see that person. Act calm, take control of the negative emotions from exploding and don't say much. Don't talk on top of your voice, don't cry or weep and don't let the person see how much you're hurt. But there is nothing wrong in telling that person he hurt you if you feel the need to tell him. However, ensure things don't turn out nasty e.g war of words. Keep your calm and when you trust yourself to talk without shouting or letting hurtful emotions dictate your conversation then you can talk.

While I'm not sure the person who hurt you is your partner or friend; how you act when in that person's presence determines a lot how you deal with any hurt, how long or short it takes to heal from hurt and how much you're in control of hurtful feelings.

Question: I was in a relationship with a girl for three months and was physically involved with her too. We wanted to get married, but her parents were not ready and wanted her to choose between her parents and me. She said she can't leave her parents and ended the relationship. Now every single memory of her is disturbing me again and again, though I deleted my Facebook account and also deleted her contacts. I want to get married now. What should I do?

Answer: There are several things you can do to get rid of the memories of her and the relationship. In less than a month, you should have healed, recovered and moved on. You will have to forgive her parents because you feel they were the cause of the breakup. Remind your heart the relationship is over it has to move on. When you think of her, snap out of it but telling yourself the relationship is over, you have to move on; there is someone else waiting for you. This is the best technique to stop thinking about her. Every time you find yourself thinking about her, remind your heart the relationship is over. This continuous reminder will finally sink in the 'soul' of the 'heart,' and it will realize truly the relationship is over;, therefore, it needs to move on. Also, forgive your ex because if you exhibit any grudge against her. And please, do not jump in another relationship till you have moved on.

Question: I am pregnant with the guy, but we broke up. I love him but he wants us to end the relationship. What can I do?

Answer: You can never force someone to stay if he doesn't want. Even if he stays, he won't be happy in the relationship and that will spell doom in the relationship. If you have talked about the relationship, and your love for him and why you would want the two of you to stay together but he insists in ending the relationship; you will have to agree to his proposal.

However, you should remind him of the unborn child. He has to send you money on a continuous basis to cater for you and the unborn child. This includes when the child has been born till you feel you no longer need his financial assistance. If you don't need his financial assistance, then it's alright. There are legal paths to follow if you feel you are unable to financially meet the needs of the child and the pregnancy when he refuses to cater financially for you and the child.

No need to force yourself on a person who doesn't want to be in the relationship anymore. Furthermore, is he running away from the responsibility of a father because you're pregnant? If it's also the case, don't bother to insist on staying together.

Question: How do I get over my husband of 24 years? We have two children 24 & 19 years respectively, finances, house and property together. He is now having his 4th affair and I don’t want him back but still love him.

Answer: It's so sad to love someone but that person doesn't reflect the same feeling.

These are ways you can get over your husband:

a) Your children will aid you in the healing process. As you spend time with them always reflect you want them to succeed in life because that's the desire of every mother. The realization you will do anything for their success will strengthen the resolve and will act as a reminder you can move on and feel good about yourself without your husband by your side.

b) You can't delete or block your husband's numbers because of emergency issues that might arise. But you can unfriend or block him from your social media accounts including WhatsApp (if you are each other's friends in Facebook or other social media sites).

c) Find in your heart the need to forgive him so that you can free yourself from negative emotions that might have taken hold of you. It will be far better if you send him a text either online (before you unfriend or block him) or through the normal SMS and let him know you have forgiven him and will no longer hold any grudge against him. In addition let him know even though you love him, you've to move on with your life and wish him all the best.

d) Family photos: You will have to store them away till in future when you have healed and recovered and are moving on with your life. If you keep on browsing through the photos (online, on the phone or physical album) you might break down and begin missing him and wishing a thousand things. Store them away or find a way of locking them.

e) Take a pen and paper. It's better than using a phone or laptop. What did you like about your husband and the relationship? Note them down. Be grateful for them. Now, he's no longer with you. You need to move on. Which things should you do to help you move forward? Your children, loved ones, friends, your work, your accomplishments, what you have, your resolve to move on, what you like most about yourself, your hobby(ies) and the desire (the will, the determination) to move on.

Tell yourself it's okay. You will cry, you'll long for him, you'll miss him but not for long. I will be determined to get through this.

f) Store away his possession or lock them in the store or basement if you have them with you. It would be much better if you give him his possession. They will always remind you of him when the most important thing now is not remember him but finding your foot to move on, that is, get over him.

g) Whenever you find yourself thinking about him, snap out of it. Let your heart know you don't want him back; you want to move on with your life without it. Always remind it the cord was broken by your husband. He had been unfaithful thus you cannot continue in a relationship whereby your partner is unfaithful. It's no longer a healthy relationship.

And when you forgive your husband, try to forget how he hurt you. The forgiving might be difficult but forgetting is more difficult. However, find the strength to forgive him and in time you'll forget how he hurt you and that's when you'll have truly moved on.

Question: How do I get over my ex as I have to see him every single day because we’re in the same class. Plus he wants to end the relationship and wanted to convert it into friendship. What do I do now?

Answer: You will need to reprogram your mind that the relationship doesn't exist anymore. It will take time but if you're persistent and disciplined by continually convincing yourself you're no longer in the relationship, you'll get through.

You shouldn't accept to be friends. It will be very hurtful to you as you're the one who's being dumped. You should be casual friends. Limit your talking to him. If it happens you're in his team or he's in yours when given assignment; don't talk to him too much. Converse to him like you would a new friend whom you barely know.

Additionally, it will help if you unfriend him on your social media accounts, and delete his numbers or store them away.

Ensure you don't think about him. Whenever you do so, snap out of the thoughts. Tell yourself you shouldn't think about him.

Don't engage in another relationship immediately and don't use it to show your ex you're better off. Spend more time with your friends and be grateful for the time you've spent with each other. Don't hold any grudge or hatred or anger against him.

In summary, don't be personal with him in whatsoever way.

Question: I've been with my boyfriend for 6 years and he decided to end it. Once it happened I found out that I have rejection issues and because of that, I could be arguing for very small reasons. But now I am working on it. He developed depression but told me just recently. I do love him and I think that his decision was made due to depression. I don't know whether to fight for it or move on. I cannot believe that I can live without him. What should I do?

Answer: Before you try to get him back into your life, you have to deal with the rejection issue. If you haven't dealt with it, it could lead to more problems. First of all, work on accepting and loving yourself. Don't feel worthless or have low self-esteem about yourself.

Secondly, your ex has to deal with his depression. If he hasn't, he won't get back with you. If he does get back with you, it will also cause problems in the relationship. Thus, he has to deal with his depression.

This means you have to give yourself and your ex time to work out on your areas before you try to get him back.

It will be good to ask your boyfriend to forgive you. This will partly help your boyfriend to overcome his depression. Also, it will make you feel good about yourself which will further boost your self-esteem.

Let him know you love him and that you're working on improving yourself.

This translates to not contacting him for a month. This is to give both of you your own space and to work out on things that are troubling you. After that period, you will have a clear picture of what to do - move on or try to get back your ex.

Question: How can I forgive him while he never asked for forgiveness? How can I forgive him knowing he was the cause of my miscarriage?

Answer: When you forgive someone, it doesn't mean you are giving him the leeway or opportunity to hurt you. It doesn't mean you accept what he did to you because it isn't acceptable.

Forgiveness is for your own benefit. It aids you in getting rid of negative emotions - anger, hatred, bitterness. When you hold onto these emotions, they will have disastrous effects on your wellbeing both psychologically and physically.

Nit forgiving him is the same as letting him (his actions) have control of what you should do and not do. They will dictate which actions to take.

In life, we experience hurt or wrong is done against us on different levels. In most of these cases, those who wrong us don't ask for forgiveness or acknowledge what they did. We can't force them. What we are left with is to forgive them because we don't want their actions to affect us negatively.

Forgive him not because you're condoning his action but to prevent yourself from being affected negatively by his action.

Question: How can I forgive my ex when he told me that he was with me for a year because he felt sorry for me after three years of our relationship?

Answer: It's very sad and hurting the words your ex uttered to you. But, you have to forgive him for your benefit. You might tell yourself you'll not forgive him because he doesn't deserve it. However, not forgiving him won't affect him in any way.

You'll be the only one who is hurting. The anger, the hatred will take control of your life. They will affect you negatively both psychologically and physically. It will negatively impact your relationship with other people and when you engage in a relationship.

You will develop depression and low self-esteem. The anger and hatred will take control of your mind to the extent you will do something you'll regret later.

To avoid all these negative effects which won't affect your ex bit you; you'll have to forgive him. You cry, promising yourself you won't forgive him. But, you're only hurting yourself.

When you let anger and hatred take control of you, you are letting your ex control your mind. You've to stop it as hard as it is. You've to regain peace of mind and heart, your self-esteem and control of your life.

Tell yourself you've forgiven him. You won't hold a grudge against him and will try to forget how he hurt you. You'll find your feet to move on because the far you've come, you won't let anyone destroy it because he has hurt you.

Look back the far you've come. Don't let the anger and hatred impede your progress in life. You've to stop minding him.

When you've forgiven him, send him a text and thank him for everything. Delete his numbers, block him from your social media accounts. You've to move on with your life. And, if he ever comes back don't welcome him.

I was on the same boat but a different water. My ex told my friends that she never loved me. They forced her to love me. However, my friends knew as I did; she did love me. She didn't want to tell my friends or I the reason she dumped me was that she was seduced by a man who had "good" money. It did hurt, but if I still held on to grudge, it wouldn't help me. She is with another man. I would only be self-destructing myself.

The power to forgive is in your hands. Tell yourself why you've to forgive him, which are the benefits of forgiveness, and forgive him as difficult as it is.

Question: I was in love with a person but I thought she was not that person at all! I'm grieving over someone that doesn't exist. Any ideas?

Answer: It's important you find the reason why you love someone that doesn't exist. So you lose your mother at a young age? Did your mother not provide you with enough love? Did your father mistreat or abused you as you grew up as a single dad?

You might be feeling a loneliness in you because of any of the above reasons or others. There are some factors that have led you to long or crave for love to a person that doesn't exist. Either you know or don't know the person you love.

You might love a light but in reality you are comparing her to a person that doesn't exist. Who is that person who doesn't exist?

Look back into your childhood. How did you grow up? What about the environment your free up in? Was it inviting or cruel?

Did a girl you loved crush your heart? Did she betray you? Did she end the relationship even though loved her very much?

You have to look back in your life to know why you're feeling this way.

It might be your fantasizing about that person who you don't know or haven't seen her face. You visualize her as the perfect girl for you. You talk to her. You have fallen in her despite she isn't real. If it's the case, you have to stop yourself from fantasizing about the nonexistent girl. This one is a common phenomenon. Grieving your nonexistent girl might mean you no longer feel attached to her. She appears distant. She is fading away. Let her fade away. Stop thinking about her because she isn't real.

Question: My husband and I broke up and we have a baby boy. Every time he sends me a text, he want to speak to his child. He tells the child what he does in his life when the boy is only 3 years. What does it mean?

Answer: There are two reasons why he tells the child what is going on in his life or what he is doing.

Firstly, he does not want to break the connection. He doesn't want the boy to think he deserted him or he doesn't care for him. By updating the boy on what he does, he wants to deepen the connection and the love of the child for him.

Secondly, it might be he has found the child (especially since the child is a boy) a better person to talk to on what is going on in his life and what he is doing with his life. When the two of you were together, you were emotionally bonded. Therefore, you told each other what was going on in your lives. The emotional bonding is severed. Since he is emotionally bonded to the child, it might explain his behavior.

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