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5 Steps to Get Through a Break Up During the Holidays

Heart break is hard – especially during the holidays.  How is enjoying a mug of hot chocolate fathomable when you have a metaphorical gaping hole in your heart? It’s not. It doesn’t work that way.  But girl, let me tell you something: your former significant other isn’t worth it.  Even though it’s hard, you at least have to try to emulate Jennifer Anniston and rise above it.  Here are five tips to get through your break up when things get rough!

1.  Hang out with your best friends
This is a bit of a no brainer.  Dance the night away or have a sleep over with your closest girl friends.  Take an entire night off just to marathon your favorite television show or film series (Harry Potter anyone?).  Fill your life with laughter and unconditional love.  Don’t forget that boys will pass as often as the days do, but your best friends will always be there for you.

2.  Keep yourself busy
Being busy is one of the best ways to get over your most recent romantic fall out.  College girls have it easy because there is a multitude of things to do on campus.  Joining a club, having lunch with a friend, and meeting new people are just a couple of ways to keep busy.  You can also throw yourself into your job and academic career.  Nothing beats the satisfaction of turning your emotional turmoil into tangible positive outcomes.  

3.  Retail therapy IS a real thing
Personally, retail therapy is one of my favorite ways to release negative energy.  Whoever said money can’t buy happiness has clearly never felt the rush of buying something for a really good deal.  You don’t have to go out and buy the most luxurious fur coat out there, but you should definitely find something that makes you feel good about yourself.  Post-break up is the prime time to treat yourself. 

4.  You deserve a good cry
This is one of the most important things you could do for yourself after a break up.  Don’t cheat yourself of a good cry.  But be weary of spending all of your time crying and moping around.  Tears are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.  Crying is being able to accept that you got hurt, which is worlds better than being in denial.  So cry your heart out, then pick yourself up, and go out and live your life.  

5.  Focus on yourself
Let’s say that again.  Focus on yourself.  Start taking yoga classes, dance in your underwear, lose yourself in a good book, drown your sorrows in good music, and fill your life with happiness.  Happiness truly is the best revenge.  Moving on and showing everyone that the break up doesn’t phase you is the biggest middle finger you could possibly give someone.

Follow this advice and you’ll be over the poor guy (or girl) who broke up with you.  Don’t forget that you don’t need anyone who doesn’t need you.  The holidays are meant to be a joyous time of year.  Don’t let one person ruin an entire season.  Happy holidays!

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Jessica Diesta

UC Riverside

I love yoga, yummy food, and ginger cats. I also run an online store for curated vintage with my best friend (http://caffeinatedflowers.storenvy.com/)
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