So now that you’ve gone through the worst part of the process (if the breakup just happened recently and you feel horrible pretty damn often, please refer to Part 1), it’s time to get ready for full recovery. YAY!
This phase is more about repositioning your thinking. There are still plenty of physical actions you can take, but mostly I think it’s important to try different perspectives.
Do NOT doubt that the breakup was for the best. Put in an oversimplied way, it happened for only 3 possible situations:
(1) You broke up with him/her, so you know the reason why OR (2) She/he broke up with you, so you two are just not compatible OR (3) Both of you agreed to break up together for a reason
In all likely circumstances, the decision to break up is always executed with a rationale. I’m a big fan of “listening to your heart” usually but in this case, stick to this logic because otherwise, your heart will just suffer more for no reason.
Believe that what is meant to happen always do no matter what. It does not make a difference if there was more time, or if more efforts were made, etc. As with anything else in life, if you cannot change something, accept it as a non-issue and move on. It is not your fault (well, unless you did something objectively horrible like cheated on someone, but then again I doubt someone unfaithful would read this).
Do NOT dwell in the past. Every time you miss your ex, try this trick: stop remembering the positives and recount every negative quality about that person and every bad action he or she has ever done. If you’re short on time, focus on the few that piss you off the most. Seriously! And when you get lonely and start reminiscing about your ex, recognize that you most likely just miss having a boy/girlfriend and being in a relationship in general; you don’t miss your ex as a person in particular. SPECIAL ADDED NOTE: One of my best friends Ashley pointed out that this part sounds really harsh, so I wanted to clarify: I’m not telling you to hate your ex (but if you want to, go ahead). Rather it’s important to realistically examine both the negative side and the positive side of things. Usually when you can recall what was good about your last relationship and ex without wanting to get back to that, that’s a sign that you have truly moved on.
Disassociate everything from him and what happened. Chances are that a lot of things will remind you of him, but just try to see them in a different light: If you pass by a place that you used to go with your ex, instead of I wish I can go there again with ______, how about I really like that place and I will go there soon with somebody else? As for objects, in this day and age, there are thousands of duplicates of pretty much anything; therefore, items are not unique and should not be connected with any undesirable memories. Use that same logic for everything: activities, people, etc.
Overall, look ahead and think forward, but stay in the present and do NOT fantasize about the future. Consider making a list of attributes you would like your next boyfriend or relationship to have. Do not hope for your ex to come back crawling for your forgiveness. Nor is anyone suddenly going to change for the better and ask you to get back together. You might argue that this could totally happen. My counterargument is that if it’s going to happen, then it will regardless of what you’re thinking in your head. By holding on to someone old, you’re cockblocking yourself from all other new and better candidates.