Dealing with heartbreak and knowing how to get over a boyfriend is one of the most difficult phases of life.
A break up can rip us apart and the wound can take a long time to heal, especially if you’ve been truly in love.
The hurt is inevitable.
And fortunately, so is the recovery.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to get over a boyfriend and move on into a happier world, one baby step at a time.
[Read: How to stop feeling jealous of your ex]
How to get over an ex boyfriend
Let’s start with the girl’s guide to getting over a boyfriend.
Remember, these are all the tips you’ll ever need, just as long as you follow every single step here.
#1 End all contact
You may have broken up, but just like the courtship of falling in love, breaking up with a boyfriend too comes with its own share of rituals.
You may have walked away, but you have more to do.
First of all, as difficult as it may seem, you need to end all contact with your boyfriend.
Delete his phone number from your cell phone (you can write it down in a piece of paper and put it away though), delete him from your friends list on facebook, take him off your skype account and chat. [Read: Things you should know about googling an ex]
It’s tough, but it’s something you have to do. Being constantly aware of what’s going on in his life will be very gut-wrenching unless you do this.
#2 Don’t let him know you’re hurting
Now this is important. Humans are sadistic, no matter how nice we all are. If your boyfriend knows you’re hurting, it would only make him emotionally stronger. Keep a straight face no matter how hurt you are. Don’t call him up crying, or tell him how much you miss him. His response will only make you hurt more.
Avoid him, and make him think you’re happy and managing just fine with your life.
#3 Stay away from his friends
After a break up, try to stay away from his good friends. This can be difficult if you share a lot of common friends, but hanging out with your own friends is a better thing to do. Hanging out with his friends or your common friends will only bring back memories, or they may try to talk to you about the break up which can open old wounds of love. And moreover, you’ll end up getting regular updates of what he’s up to. And the worst of it all, he’ll know exactly how hurt you feel inside.
#4 Lock up his love
Over the months or years, both of you may have exchanged a lot of gifts or little memorabilia. Lock them all away and don’t spend hours holding and caressing his love letters or the tickets to the last movie you watched as a couple. It won’t just hurt, it’ll also rekindle a one sided romance. [Read: The right thing to do with old love letters and gifts]
#5 Don’t be lonely
As much as you would love sitting by yourself and staring at a book or scratching a piece a paper with mild fascination, remind yourself about the truth.
You’ve broken up. It’s over! Should you really be sulking in a corner while he may be meeting other girls, or moving on with his life? All of us love to be by ourselves after a break up, but you really have to convince yourself to go out or get busy. Being lonely is actually the biggest hurdle in your road to recovery and getting over your ex boyfriend.
#6 Flirt with other guys
Over the years in your relationship, you would have met quite a few guys that like you. You may have noticed those guys flirting with you, or they may have asked you out when your boyfriend wasn’t around. Every girl’s bound to have gotten some attention from a few other guys during a relationship. [Read: How to meet a guy and make him like you]
You couldn’t do anything about it then, but now you can. Flirt with these guys. Call them up or meet them. Speak to them, and tell them you’ve broken up with you guy. Trust us, these guys would make you feel like the princess you deserve to be. And you’ll actually end up having a great time! [Read: How rebound relationships can help you heal from the breakup]
#7 Meet new people
Catching up with guys who have a crush on you can be a lot of flirty fun. But sometimes, you also need to meet new people. In everyday life, humans intuitively have the need to please others and make a good impression. By meeting friends of your friends, you’d find yourself feeling great and completely normal, just like you’ve always been for years. People only miss their ex when they’re lonely or unoccupied. By meeting new friends who don’t know about your break up status, you’d end up forgetting you’ve just broken up yourself.
[Read: Signs your ex is thinking about you]
Now we’re really not done, we’re only halfway through the steps on how to get over a boyfriend. Click here on how to get over a guy to read the remaining pointers.
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