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Chin Up, Buttercup

Published: November 14, 2013

Just when you thought your day couldn’t get any worse, you call your partner to talk it out and they dump you. First you cry. Then you ask “Why?” Then you get angry and throw out everything that reminds you of him or her, but later you dig through the trash for the things you secretly still care about. But what’s next? In the long run, how do you cope with losing someone you love?

While coping with a break-up may include questions about what you did wrong, or what you could have don’t differently, it is important to remember that relationships are a two-way street. A relationship ends when two people cannot make it work together as one. Do not be too hard on yourself. Realize it was not a good match, and the right person for you could come along at any day. But in the meantime, take this opportunity to enjoy spending more time with friends and family or just enjoy spending more time with you. 

You might have time now to enjoy a hobby like reading or crafting. There are tons of great websites with do it yourself projects--maybe even redecorating your room. Did you once spend time playing a sport before getting into a relationship? Physical activity and exercise help to make you feel better physically and emotionally.

People usually find they will feel better when they do something for someone else. There are many organizations that provide volunteer opportunities like mentoring youth, helping with home remodeling, or spending time with an elderly person.

But if nothing seems to lift your spirits don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes you just need to talk to someone: a parent, teacher or other trusted adult. In time you should be feeling great about yourself and realizing you can’t even remember his or her name. 


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