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How to get over a breakup (no matter how old you are)

When you’ve just split up with someone it can feel raw and like you’ll never recover. Discover the top tips on how to deal with a breakup and move on with your head held high

how to get over a breakup no matter how old you are

Going through a breakup is tough. It may seem even more so with age. Even though people deal with heartbreak in many different ways, all breakups have one thing in common – they hurt. Ending a relationship tends to bring a whirlwind of different emotions, and handling them can be difficult. Picking yourself up and moving on requires a lot of time and self-care, but it’s doable. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s, you have to go through the recovery process. Although it may seem impossible, there are ways that can guide you through the process and make it easier. Take baby steps and give yourself time. Here are some tips that will help you recover your strength and self-confidence after a breakup.

Let it go

This is easier said than done, but the important thing is to keep trying. When a partner tells us that it’s over, the first thing we may try to do is to hold on to the relationship and try everything we can to save it. Circumstances may vary, but in most cases, there’s nothing to be done. Nothing good, anyway. If that happens, it’s important not to hold on to it. Yes, it’s painful and hard, but trying desperately to make the relationship work after a breakup can cause more damage than good. End it in the nicest way you can and focus on your healing process. No matter how things turned out in the end, not becoming enemies is the healthiest way to part ways with someone.

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Get yourself a good lawyer

Going through a divorce is everything but smooth sailing. More often than not, there are kids involved as well as the division of assets like breakup alone isn’t hard enough. The number of weddings is on the rise and statistics show that in Australia 2000 couples get married every day. However, 1 in 3 of those marriages ends in divorce. If you are going through one as we speak, the first and maybe the most important piece of advice for you is to hire a good lawyer. Ask for a recommendation or do your research and find some qualified Sydney divorce lawyers to help you through your process of separation. They will make it easier for all the people involved and provide you with some valuable advice that you can’t get from your friends and family. After all, if you have a chance not to go through a divorce alone, take it.

Take time to heal after a breakup

Although some people may disagree, a breakup is a real loss. Your friends and family (and some magazine articles) may advise you to just get over it and move on immediately. What they mean by that is usually to start dating again ASAP. We are unique in our differences, and as it may work for some people, for the majority is just a recipe for a disaster. You need to give yourself time to grieve. Think about your relationship productively. Don’t dwell on the coulda-woulda-shoulda scenarios, but instead, try to analyse situations and draw some conclusions from them. By doing this, you’ll realise that there aren’t such things as failures, only lessons. Be grateful for yours because they will make you a better person.

Give yourself some TLC

Life is generally like a rollercoaster ride. It has its ups and downs and speaking of downs, it’s when life throws us curve balls that we tend to neglect ourselves. When it’s most difficult to love ourselves, that’s when we need it the most. Going through a breakup can make that task really challenging. There will be days when you don’t feel like getting up or eating, days when you’ll cry a pool of tears, and that’s ok. Don’t be hard on yourself. Do whatever feels good, and don’t beat yourself up. The first piece of advice is to start with some beauty rituals like indulging in a hot bath or a nourishing face mask. Get your nails done. Change your hairstyle. Start exercising. By doing this, you’ll boost your happiness hormones and you’ll get your strength back. You’ll not only look good but feel great as well.

People deal with loss and pain differently, and that’s ok. It may seem more difficult to go through a breakup as we get older, but it really doesn’t have to be. Learning how to love yourself and finding new values within will make you a stronger and better person than you used to be. With the right tips and a support system you have in your friends and family, you’ll gain your self-confidence back and learn how to open yourself to love again.

Guest post by Leila Dorari

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