8 Steps Towards Detaching From Your Ex
When we experience a breakup it can be a whirlwind of emotions. They leave us feeling confused, scared, angry or resentful and these feelings can be hard to overcome. In some ways, breakups are similar to addiction withdrawal. Something you’ve come to emotionally rely upon is suddenly taken from you and the void it leaves can take time to heal. These few steps are a good starting point to emotionally detach yourself from a past relationship.
Make sure you give yourself time to grieve. Trying to bury or hide your emotions will only delay the inevitable. Do what you need to do but try to set yourself a time limit. Wallowing for too long can be counterproductive.
- Gain Clarity
Try to gain clarity on the relationship and understand what went wrong. It’s important not to view the relationship through rose tinted glasses and to focus on both the good and the bad. Remind yourself that it didn’t work out for a reason. Accept that you can’t fix, save, or change people who don’t want to be.
- Take Care of Yourself
Focus on you and what makes you happy. Pamper yourself a little and reconnect with what makes you feel good.
- Healthy Support
Surround yourself with positive influences and people you can talk to. After a break up we need to replace the attachment we relied upon with alternative healthy attachments to activities or people who help us. Turn to friends and family for support.
- Get Active
After a break up focusing on yourself is essential. Exercise is known to produce endorphins which make us feel happy so join a gym or get outside and enjoy nature. Many people find that concentrating on their own health makes them feel in control or that relaxing alone provides them with much needed reflection space.
- Get to Know Yourself
Sometimes in a relationship we lose or neglect certain parts of ourselves. If there’s an activity or hobby that you gave up now’s the time to reconnect. Remember what makes you happy, think back to how you were before that other person.
- Find Meaning
Think about what the relationship provided you with emotionally that you miss now. Support? – try a support or activity group, mentor or counsellor. Confidence? – address the root of your low self-esteem and think about other ways to build yourself up. Direction? – set yourself goals and stick to them – think about starting a coaching relationship.
- Get Back on Your Feet
When you’re ready, think about starting to date again. Focus on fun, relaxing situations or friendship at first. Get out, meet new people and have fun.
Remember the pain of detachment is strong but usually temporary. I have helped many clients with the process of letting go and moving on. If you’re struggling to emotional detach or feel like you’ve become a little lost after a break up please feel free to reach out to me.