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Break-ups can be tough and can send the best of us a little crazy. We asked students at The Newsroom their best tips on what NOT to do after a someone breaks your heart…
DO NOT get drunk and call your ex 50 times in half an hour – Okay, so we’ve all done it, but it smacks of desperation.
DO NOT do drivebys past your ex’s house – Worst-case scenario, you’ll have a prang with a parked car because you’re too busy staring out the window.
DO NOT kill yourself at the gym – Workouts should be an important part of everyone’s routine, and they’re natural mood-enhancers, but don’t overdo it. Turning into a roid-munching Ken doll or lollipop Barbie won’t make your ex love you again.
DO NOT make “sad” Facebook statuses to elicit attention or sympathy – no one respects it.
On the subject of Facebook, DO NOT stalk other girls/guys your ex is talking to – If they’re hotter than you, you’ll be crushed. If they’re not as hot as you, you’ll be crushed. Better just to leave it.
DO NOT show up everywhere you know your ex will be – that’s just creepy.
DO NOT confide in your ex’s friends, or use them to try and find out current information about your ex – a) Your ex will hear about it, and b) it smacks of desperation.
DO NOT talk about it forever – It will drive your friends up the wall. You gotta get over it!
DO NOT make a voodoo doll of your ex – That’s just weird.
DO NOT get revenge by sending scathing emails about the ex to their friends/family – You’ll come out looking like you’ve got no class, and these people will think you’re an idiot.
DO treat yourself – It will improve your mood (“I have two new boyfriends, Ben and Jerry”) – but don’t overdo it.
DO write long, soppy emails or letters – If you feel that there are things you need to say – it can be cathartic.
DO cry – Let it all out, but not loudly enough to wake the neighbours.
DO go out with your most fun friends – Just don’t get too drunk with your mates at the pub – you’ll call your ex. Shake it up and go tenpin bowling or something, until you can trust yourself on the schooners.
Recognise the Five Stages of Grief to help get over your ex:
1. DENIAL (“He’ll/she’ll come back” or “He/she’s the one”)
2. ANGER (“He/she’s an asshole!” – droping numerous F-bombs)
3. BARGAINING (the embarrassing begging thing)
4. DEPRESSION (Break out the Kleenex, sing all the words to Phil Collins’ Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now), overeat, etc)
5. ACCEPTANCE (“screw it.”– play Jason Derulo’s Riding Solo. Loudly).
– Jessica R. Younan