It’s perfectly normal, when a relationship ends, that you feel a lot of mixed emotions. You’ll constantly ask yourself questions, and you will quickly find that there aren’t easy answers. No matter how strong you are, it’s painful and it’s not the kind of thing you can easily prepare for.
And, as much as you want it to be a quick process, it often isn’t. At any point, you can be reminded about something that your partner did, or a moment shared, between you. Of course, feeling an emotional response to your ex, later down the line, doesn’t mean you’re not over them. Just getting to that point, however, can take time and effort.
So how do you deal with the journey towards getting over someone? So that one day, life moves forward, as it did before the break up? Apart from patience, here are some tips, which should prove useful.
Remember That You Invested A Lot In The Relationship
It doesn’t really matter how long you were together, as any relationship will, if it has any depth, create strong bonds between two people. It pays to keep in mind the amount of emotional connection involved, when you question the pain you’re feeling. “Of course it hurts”, you might reason. “We shared so much together”.
It’s okay for it to cause a little sadness, and if it was a particularly deep and special connection, you may feel a little sadness, here and there, for the rest of your life. It’s not something that’ll stop you from loving again and it doesn’t have to be something that leads you to depression. As hard as it may sound, it’s all part of the experience of a relationship.
Face The Sadness
When you’ve just broken up with somebody, the pain is fresh and the sadness can be quite intense, so the first thing you need to do is face the emotions. Realizing that, whatever you do, it’s still going to hurt a bit, is a major step. It’s a step you have to take though.
Take Away The Reminders
Once you’re committed to dealing with the sadness, you will probably be ready to take reminders of your ex out of your life. Maybe you need to put aside gifts and photos of shared experiences. Perhaps, it may be a good idea to avoid places you’d go to together, if it’s at all practical.
With time, you’ll find you no longer need to do this, but if it helps in the short term, it won’t do any harm. If it allows you to keep a clear head, during tough times, you just need to go ahead and do it.
Maybe, you can get a lot of emotional support from your friends and family, but in many situations they’ll be too close to the problem. In some cases, the other people in your life may have a bias about the situation.
Perhaps your friends didn’t like your partner; it won’t always be helpful to hear their negative opinions, after the fact. In such cases, counseling may be the answer. A counselor will be able to give you helpful, unbiased advice, if you are struggling with the process of getting over a broken heart.
They won’t just tell you want you want to hear or try to get you to move on too quickly, so the support could help you to move on, at a pace that’s right for you. This level of support isn’t for everyone, but there’s no harm in admitting you need it, if you’re having a hard time with a break up.
Moving on is never easy, but it will happen. Maybe your next relationship will bring bright rays of happiness into your life. Maybe it takes time to find someone that’s perfect for you, but you will only find out if you move forward, past the sadness, at a pace that’s right for you.