This isn’t the end… We have all been through it and, at best, a breakup is a difficult situation. Here are some tips and advice to help you make it through this rough patch.

1.  You are not going to be thinking clearly for a few days or even weeks. This kind of depression can make you want to act out, isolate yourself, or do things that may not be good for you. If you had a routine before the breakup, stick to it, and if you didn’t, create one.

2. You don’t have to do this alone. You have friends and family, and if no one is available, consider going to a trained professional or joining a support group. Be careful not to lean too hard on those who are close to you. Friends can burn out if your sadness goes on for too long.

3. Let your feelings out. If you need to cry, do it. If you are hurting, try writing about your feelings. It’s a great way to get out of your head, and it will help heal your heart. The important thing to remember is not to just sit on your feelings, because pain will hang around if you let it.

4. Find your strength wherever you can. If you need to get a little angry, that’s perfectly normal. Sometimes we have to recognize what wasn’t working, so we can feel good about where we are at the moment.

5. If your former partner is being unkind, see it as one of your reasons to move on. You do not deserve to be abused or belittled by anyone – ever. Continue reading on the next page