Dealing with a breakup is scary and confusing. The good news is that we can learn from these mistakes! And even though breakups are never easy, they can be more or less painful depending on how we handle them.
We talked to dating experts and collegiettes about some common post-breakup mistakes to help you avoid them in the future. You could be delaying the pain when you should actually try to accept and deal with it directly. That being said, perhaps you and your ex are part of the same friend circle, you have class with him or her or you just run into him or her a lot.
If he or she wants you back, good. Everyone knows that the remedy for a broken heart is wailing your heart out to Adele, watching The Notebook for the umpteenth time and demolishing a giant container of cookie dough ice cream, right?
Not you do it for so long that it starts to take a toll on your life. Lieberman suggests that if you're still stuck in the rocky-road, can't-get-out-of-bed, crying stage after a month or so, you should consider going to therapy to help you get over your heartbreak.
For some reason, I needed to be naked, in the dark and eating. You might also behave recklessly if you feel like you missed out on the full college experience by being in a relationship.
Be happy with who you are, and the right person will come along for sure. We know that rebound sex is not the way to fix a broken heart, but what about rebound relationships? Your new fling is most likely not right for you, and someone will end up getting hurt.
This is unfair on him or her and not the solution for you—just a terrible idea all around. So you thought you and your ex would be together forever—until you two broke up. What are you supposed to do now?
If you believe that you will be alone forever, you might stop looking after yourself. But be careful what you wish for.