Starting Fresh: How to Find Happiness After a Breakup
Last updated on : November 03 2023
In this article, we focus on the significance of self-care, fostering mental resilience, seeking solace from loved ones, exploring personal interests, and approaching post-breakup dating at your own pace.
It encourages readers to perceive the aftermath of a breakup as a phase for self-discovery, personal development, and the prospect of crafting a more fulfilling future.
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Stepping Back Into Your Happiness Post-Breakup
In 1962, Niel Sedaka told us that “breaking up is hard to do.”
For a song that’s 60 years old, that simple line still weighs heavily on anyone just getting out of a relationship. About 50% of marriages today end in divorce, and every other long-term or casual relationship still has a likely chance of ending in a breakup.
No matter the reason for your breakup, it will always hurt. Even if you knew it was the right thing to do, you still have to deal with the loss of something familiar and the pain that comes with that. It’s not uncommon to feel extreme sadness or even hopelessness. Sometimes, you might even feel like a failure, or the break could cause your self-esteem and confidence to take a hit.
While it might not feel like it right now, you don’t have to get stuck in a cycle of sadness forever. Breaking up with a partner closes a chapter and allows you to start a new one whenever you’re ready.
With that in mind, let’s look at a few ways to step back into your happiness post-breakup. By learning how to cope in healthy, effective practices, you can take control of your life once again, rediscover who you are and who you want to be, and eventually consider moving on with someone new (if that’s what you want).
Engage In Self-Care
The term “self-care” has become so popular in recent years that many people misinterpret it — some even think that self-care involves luxurious treatments or lavish and expensive activities. Nothing could be further from the truth. Self-care isn’t indulgent or selfish. Instead, it’s necessary to keep your mental and physical well-being as strong as possible.
After a breakup, self-care is even more critical and looks slightly different for everyone.
Start by doing at least one thing every day that helps to reduce your stress or makes you feel happy. That could include things like
- Listening to your favorite music;
- Taking a long bath;
- Getting a massage;
- Cooking a healthy meal;
- Reading a good book.
Another essential part of self-care that can often be overlooked is setting boundaries. After a breakup, especially a messy one, you may be especially vulnerable, and it’s more important than ever to set limits to further your self-care. These limits may involve setting boundaries with yourself, your ex, and others who might try to take advantage of you - an effective strategy to use is the no-contact rule.
Even if you only have a few minutes for self-care each day, prioritizing it will help you to see your value and worth and can help to build your confidence back up while improving your mental well-being.
Nurture Your Mental Health
Of course, self-care is just the start of a mental health journey when dealing with a breakup. You should prioritize your mental health consistently — not just after a breakup.
However, if you’re struggling with your mental health post-breakup, you might need to take things one step further to manage your mental wellness. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to nurture your mental health, including journaling, meditation, or mindfulness.
In some cases, you might benefit from seeking professional help for your mental well-being.
Anxiety and depression are pervasive and often challenging to deal with on your own due to the vast symptoms. One study found that most university students had an altered state of mind after a breakup, affecting their test scores, concentration abilities, and overall academic performance.
In addition, this altered state of mind rarely goes away on its own, especially when you’re struggling to manage your symptoms. Whether you feel like you can open up to friends and family or not, it never hurts to have the help of a professional. Talking to a therapist or counselor will make it easier to uncover the root cause(s) of your issues and why the breakup was so tricky.
They’ll also be able to help you with the skills needed to move forward and cope in healthy ways.
Thankfully, there are plenty of options available to seek out professional help. If you’re not ready to see someone in person, consider teletherapy so you can get the help you deserve from the comfort of your home.
Focus On Friends And Family
It’s easy to feel incredibly alone after a breakup. Even if you know you have friends and family members who are willing to support you, it can be tempting to withdraw from the people you love and the things you tend to enjoy. You might even be tempted to return to your toxic ex if you’re feeling incredibly lonely or worried you don’t have anyone else to talk to.
That’s a mistake that can make you feel worse than ever.
Now is perfect for reaching out to your social circle for support. Multiple studies have shown the health benefits of spending time with family. Some of them include
- Boosted mental health;
- Improved confidence;
- More adaptability and resilience;
- Enhanced physical health.
Even if you have friends who feel as close as family members, spending time with them can offer similar benefits. Sometimes, having a shoulder to cry on or someone to talk to will make a big difference in how you feel. Those closest to you want to help you in any way they can, so don’t be afraid to let them in to offer their support.
However, it’s essential to choose your “breakup support system” wisely, and it all depends on the support you need right now — the support may vary depending on the person and the breakup. Sometimes you’ll need a group of friends to bad-mouth and trash-talk with. Other times, you may need plenty of distractions and laughter.
Whatever support you feel you need should ultimately lift you instead of leaving you focusing on the relationship. Communicating your needs with your support system and what you think is best to help you heal on your breakup journey is best.
Finally, don’t hesitate to show your appreciation for them. Expressing gratitude is a great way to improve your mood and help you realize how good your life is, even in the hard times.
Pursue Your Passions
A breakup is an ending but also a chance at a new beginning. Depending on how long you were in your relationship, you might have lost a piece of yourself. It’s okay for couples to feel like a unit, but it should never come at the expense of your identity.
If you haven’t been able to get involved in your old hobbies for a while, now is the perfect time to dive back in or consider trying something new. You never know what might spark your interest or ignite a new passion within you.
Trying new things can help you experience more personal growth after a breakup. Consider getting involved in hobbies that will lift your spirits, like
- Taking an art class;
- Taking a martial arts class;
- Learning a new language;
- Traveling the globe.
When you’re willing to put yourself out there with a new hobby, you can find something that completely changes your life. If you decide to take a class, you’re also more likely to meet like-minded people and form new, supportive friendships.
You might even end up interested in a new relationship.
Get Back Into Dating – When You’re Ready
There’s no timeline in place that suggests you have to start dating again weeks, months, or even years after a breakup. Some think jumping back into the dating pool will help them cope with losing a relationship. Others have no interest in getting into another relationship soon after a breakup.
The most important thing is to be true to yourself, your needs, and your wants. Don’t let anyone pressure you to go on a date or even put yourself out there. You have to be completely comfortable with the idea.
There are benefits to dating, of course, including companionship, conversation, and the benefits of a physical relationship — all of which can reduce stress, improve your mood, and even boost your immunity.
However, to be confident in your next relationship, it’s essential to do it on your terms and timeline. Think about what you want, consider things that went wrong in the past and how you can avoid those issues, and understand that it’s okay to be a little picky.
Almost everyone experiences at least one horrible breakup in their lifetime - while it might seem like the worst thing that’s ever happened right now, the reality is that your story could just be beginning. The next chapter will be better than ever.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the questions most frequently asked by our readers.
1. How long should I wait before dating again after a breakup?
While there's no definitive timeline, it's crucial to prioritize your emotional healing before considering new relationships. Take the time to reflect on your personal growth and ensure you're emotionally ready to embark on a new romantic journey.
2. What are some effective self-care practices after a breakup?
Engaging in regular exercise, spending time on hobbies you enjoy, and setting clear boundaries to protect your emotional well-being are essential self-care practices. Additionally, consider exploring mindfulness techniques, such as meditation or journaling, to promote inner peace and self-reflection.
3. How do I know if I need professional help for my mental health after a breakup?
If you find yourself struggling to manage overwhelming emotions, experiencing persistent feelings of hopelessness, or facing difficulties in your daily life due to the breakup, seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor can provide valuable support and guidance.
4. How can I rebuild my confidence and self-esteem after a breakup?
You can rebuild your confidence and self-esteem by nurturing your personal interests and passions, surrounding yourself with a supportive network of friends and family, and celebrate small victories in your personal journey.
Positive affirmations and self-reflection can help you recognize your worth and build a stronger sense of self-confidence.
5. What should I do if I still have lingering feelings for my ex-partner?
Acknowledge your emotions and give yourself time to grieve the loss of the relationship.
Focus on personal growth and explore activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. Limiting contact with your ex-partner, at least initially, can help create emotional distance and facilitate the healing process.
6. Is it normal to still feel sadness and grief long after a breakup?
It's entirely normal to experience lingering feelings of sadness and grief, especially after a significant romantic relationship ends. Allow yourself to process these emotions without judgment and seek support from trusted friends and family or a mental health professional if needed.
7. How can I avoid repeating past relationship mistakes in the future?
Take time for introspection and identify patterns or behaviors that contributed to the challenges in your previous relationship.
Reflect on the lessons learned and use them as valuable insights for personal growth. Setting clear communication and boundary expectations in future relationships can also help establish healthier dynamics.
Hello, I'm Charles, and I'm the proud owner of this blog. For more than a decade, I've been deeply involved in the world of relationship blogging, exploring the intricate and often fascinating dynamics of human connections.
Together with my dedicated YouTube channel, I've had the privilege of guiding numerous individuals through the challenging and sometimes tumultuous path of heartbreak. It's been incredibly rewarding to witness these individuals emerge from their struggles even stronger and more resilient than before.
My work is not just about relationships; it's about personal growth and self-improvement. It's about fostering a mindset that encourages fulfilling relationships and empowers individuals to strive towards becoming the best versions of themselves. This philosophy resonates deeply within everything I do.
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