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Dealing with a Mid-Semester Breakup

It’s the middle of the semester and everything in EVERY class seems to be due at the exact same time. Your stress level has reached an all-time high and you don’t think that you’re physically or mentally capable of handling anything else. Just when you think your stress level can’t get any higher, you find your relationship falling apart at the worst possible time. It was hard enough to stay focused with summer right around the corner, but add in an emotional breakup and it’s game over. Here are a few tips on how to get (and possibly keep) your ex off your mind, at least until the semester ends.

  1. Keep in mind what’s important

You’re going to school for a reason, and no boy, no matter how much he meant to you, is worth sacrificing that. When you find yourself dozing off in a lecture and thinking about the way he used to make you smile or the first time he talked to you, just remember why you’re here and where you want to go in life. The pain of the break up may hurt now, but thinking about your life goals may serve as a pick-me-up.

  1. Get Moving!

Exercise is a great distraction and temporary escape from whatever is going on in your life. If you’re angry at what happened between you and your ex, go for a jog. Not only will you be de-stressing, but you will also be getting a great workout! Not a fan of jogging? The rec center offers a great selection of classes that will get your heart rate going!

  1. Go out for a girls’ night!

Are you used to spending all of your weekends gallivanting around town with your man? Well now would be the perfect time to gather up the girlfriends and get together for a much-needed girls’ night out. Your friends will serve as great distractions from your heartache and will be there to stop you from sending those inevitable “I miss you” drunk texts.

  1. Get Happy!

Happiness is a choice, and even if you’re the farthest thing from it, you can become happy. Remind yourself of all the great things in your life that were there before your ex. If you’re feeling down, or missing him, just think about the things that make you the happiest and you’ll find yourself smiling in no time. Instead of hoping for a good morning text when you wake up, tell yourself that today will be a good day and nothing can ruin that for you!

  1. Make peace with what happened

Replaying the downfall between you and your boyfriend in your head won’t change the fact that you two broke up. The quicker you come to terms with what happened, the faster you’ll be able to move on with your life. Stop apologizing for what you can’t change. Everything happens for a reason, even if that reason seems unclear as of right now. Stop worrying about whether or not he’ll move on and focus on that midterm paper you have due next week that you’ve yet to start. Now is the time for you to become the best version of yourself, academically, mentally, and physically!



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