How to Survive Sadness and Depression After Breaking Up
After a break up, the sadness and depression you feel can be overwhelming. These tips will help you survive the pain of breaking up and help you feel a ray of hope for your future.
“The horror of that moment,” said the King. “I shall never, never forget!” “You will, though,” said the Queen, “if you don’t make a memorandum of it.” ~ from Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass. If you can avoid making a “memorandum” of your break up, you’re less likely to succumb to depression and anxiety. Below, you’ll find specific ways to avoid the despair…
If you’ve been married for many years, you may think you won’t be able to survive emotionally, socially, or financially without your partner. You are entering a new phase of your life and don’t know what to expect. You may feel overwhelmed, and you may not even think of looking for help on how to stop feeling lonely.
But, keep reminding yourself that you will get past your sad and depressed feelings after breaking up. Right now you need to focus your energy and thoughts on healing and moving on. You can’t dwell the relationship breakup itself. In other words, you can’t make a “memorandum” of your breakup, of your feelings of sadness and depression!
To survive, remember that a marriage or relationship break up doesn’t change your value as a woman or man. You didn’t break up because of a failure on your part; the relationship failed for its own reasons.
Surround yourself with people who love you
“Feelings of rejection may run high because we often measure the results of our efforts in terms of whether or not the world accepts or rejects us,” says Dr. Phil. Sometimes, another person’s reaction can be a barometer of our worth and value. “When the love of our life leaves us, any past rejection issues can be magnified.” You may feel unworthy, not good enough or like damaged goods. A divorce may also signify the failure of your dream, because you couldn’t make the marriage work.
Gather your old friends around you, and be deliberate about making new friends. Don’t focus on the fear of never being loved again; instead give yourself the gift of self-care, self-love, and self-soothing. This relationship breakup help involves surviving your emotions by accepting them.
Don’t focus on the best parts of the relationship
“It’s just all too easy, once you separate from an irreconcilable situation, to remember and focus on only the good,” Dr. Phil writes. You may find yourself forgetting the irritating habits of your partner and only remembering the nice and sweet things he or she did for you. “By doing this, it’s very easy to fool yourself into wishing that you were back in the relationship and rationalizing that things actually weren’t that bad.”
To survive this “selective memory” experience, don’t contact your ex-partner in a weak or lonely moment. “Once you’re out, stay out, unless one or both of you earns your way back in,” says Dr Phil. Focus on surviving sadness and depression after breaking up without wishing you were getting back together.
Other emotions after breaking up include anger, shock, bitterness, and loss. It takes time to survive heartbreak and feel happy again — but it will happen.
Learn how to let go of someone you love
I wrote 75 Ways to Let Go of Someone You Love because I needed to learn how to let go of my sister. Letting her go was the most painful and difficult thing I ever did!
To write this ebook, I interviewed life coaches, counselors, and grief coaches on letting go. I know how shocking, confusing, and heart-wrenching it is when you’re letting go of a loved one. It’s devastating – and it changes how you see yourself. Learning how to let go of someone you love is about rediscovering your passion and identity.
Here’s what a reader recently emailed me about Letting Go of Someone You Love: “I gobbled the book down. Great help in putting things in perspective and in taking positive thoughtful action. Many thanks for sharing your wisdom and experiences.”
You WILL live, love, and be happy again…but it takes time to heal.
I welcome your thoughts below. I can’t give advice on how to survive depression after a break up, but you may find it helpful to share what you’re going through. Writing can bring comfort, healing, and insight.
If this was your first relationship, read Why You Can’t Let Go of Your First Love – and What to Do.