Regardless of who broke up with who or why it happened, the end of a relationship can be a tough transition. It’s normal to feel really sad and to have a hard time letting go and moving on. But if the break-up blues persist over a long period of time or interfere with your ability to get things done, it’s important to speak up and get support.
One of the hardest parts of a break-up can be accepting that the relationship is over and moving on. We’ve all experienced (firsthand or through a friend) the ways people try to hang on: stalking an ex’s Facebook page, driving by his or her house, endless text messages or prying information out of mutual friends. While it can be hard to resist trying to stay in the life of an ex, these things generally don’t help us heal or move on.
Sometimes the pain of a break-up can cause or worsen depression. This is concerning because, when left unchecked, depression can lead us to abuse drugs or alcohol, make reckless decisions or feel so hopeless that we think about suicide. So if you or a friend are really down after a break-up, it’s important to reach out for help before things get worse.
Check out some tips for coping with a break-up and moving on by clicking on “Feel Better.”