Updated: Sep 17, 2020

The end of a relationship is almost always painful and emotionally challenging. As disastrous as it is when it happens, you do have the strength to put the relationship in your past and move forward. How can you find this strength?

Consider the following suggestions to hasten your recovery process:

1. Acknowledge your feelings, at least to yourself. Admit that you feel angry, rejected or incredibly disappointed in how things turned out. These are human feelings and you are entitled to them.

2. Write in your journal. Even though you might not often write about personal things, when you are experiencing the end of a relationship, journaling will provide you the space and time to "empty out" your feelings.

  • Document everything you feel and why. Record questions you lack the answers for. After a few weeks to a month of writing a couple of minutes each day, you will notice your troublesome feelings beginning to subside.

3. Recognize a break-up as opportunity. Even though this is tough to do, view your break-up as a time to expose yourself to different activities, people and social situations.

  • Start that business you always wanted to do or finish that degree. The key is to utilize your extra time in productive ways.

4. Learn something new.After you go through a break-up, it is good to stretch your mind a bit to give yourself something else to think about.Find a topic that's interesting to you.

  • Take that language class you always wanted to take or a photography course to learn how to snap great photos. Even just checking out interesting non-fiction books from the library can be a wonderful intellectual adventure.

5. Focus on your body. Think about areas you want to maintain or improve.

  • For example, you may be thrilled with your arms or strong legs. Or maybe you have some "trouble spots" you would like to work on. Take up an exercise to strengthen or tone those areas of your body.This is a great way to enhance your self-esteem.

6. Expose yourself to new experiences. For example, maybe you have always wanted to travel or try vegetarianism. Now you can concentrate on undertaking such projects.

  • When you go through the end of a relationship, avoid staying in the emotional pain and angst of it.By experiencing new things, you refresh and renew your existence. Trying new activities illustrates that you have chosen to move on and be optimistic.