How to mend a broken heart

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Give yourself permission to grieve - The best thing you can do for yourself is to give yourself permission to feel all of your sadness, anger, loneliness, or guilt.

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Limit or cut off contact - If it's possible to cut off contact with the person behind your heartbreak, do so. 

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Avoid activities that remind you of them - If you've experienced a romantic heartbreak, avoid activities that remind you of your ex.

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Take care of yourself - When you’re in the middle of a heartbreak, it’s easy to forget to take care of your personal needs. Take it slow, and take it one day at a time.

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Write down what you need - Sit down and make a list of what you need, including needs for tangible and emotional support. 

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Go outdoors - Research has found that spending just two hours a week outdoors can improve your mental and physical health.

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Try a feel-good activity - Set aside time every day for doing something that feels good, whether that's meeting up with a friend or watching your favorite TV show.

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Don’t try to suppress the pain - Don’t waste energy on feeling ashamed or guilty about your feelings.

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List your strengths - When you feel lonely and defeated, try to list your strengths. Doing this will help you boost your self-esteem and bring in some positive light.

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Laugh and cry it out - Laughter heals on many levels, and so does crying. Research has shown that crying releases toxic substances and relieves emotional stress.

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Work out - Work out your heartbreak via running, biking, jogging, or any other exercise. It will give you immediate relief, as it boosts your mood.

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Find hope - Hope is believing that the heartbreak can evaporate, and that the emptiness experienced isn't permanent.

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Get your life back in order - Take care of your personal affairs. You still need to sort out your home, possessions, pets, and the social groups you both belonged to.

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Learn how to be alone again - Have you ever been truly alone, or have you always found someone so that you wouldn’t be alone? Get to know who you are without anyone else.

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Try again when you're ready - While you don’t have to rush it, you may begin to open up to the possibility of another relationship as time goes on.

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