Struggling to Get Over Your Ex? Science Says This Is the Best Approach

Sophie Miura

As anyone who's gone through a difficult breakup can attest, splitting with someone you care about can feel like the worst thing in the world. And while it's a deeply personal experience, Huffington Post turned to science to discover the research-backed methods for surviving a particularly tough split. Here are some insights we gleaned to help you get over your ex pronto.

Blast Sad Music

There's a reason it feels so cathartic to let loose and cry while playing Adele's "Someone Like You" at maximum volume. Research shows that listening to sad music can prompt feelings of peacefulness while a Dutch study found that crying can boost your mood 90 minutes after the episode.

Reflect on the Relationship

It might feel painful to dwell on the breakup, but one study suggests taking time to think about your relationship could help with the emotional healing process. Researchers found that people who spent time focusing on the motivation for splitting with their partner were able to accept and recover from the breakup faster than those who avoided reflection.

Embrace New Activities

It comes as little surprise that science confirms the longer you're in a relationship, the more your identity becomes intertwined with your partner's. So approach your breakup as a positive opportunity to explore and develop your own identity, separate from your ex's. Start by experimenting with cooking, changing up your fitness routine, or booking a vacation, all of which have been shown to boost happiness.

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