Breakups are hard and sometimes moving on is even harder. I’m pretty sure all of us experienced a painful breakup at least once in our lifetime, and if you’re reading this article right now, chances are you’re stuck somewhere between stalking your ex on social media and listening to sad songs all day.
But that’s good, it means you made peace with the idea that your relationship is over and now you’re trying to move on. The first and most important step you need to take to get over a breakup is to accept the fact that it’s over. Without acceptance, it’s impossible to move on.
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But according to Terri Orbuch, PhD, a professor at Oakland University in Michigan and author of Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship, acceptance isn’t the only thing standing in your way when it comes to moving on, it’s about all the other things that remind you of the relationship.
“If you were living together or you worked out at the same gym—all of those things remind you of the past,” she says.
And most people assume that getting over a relationship is easier when you’re an adult, but that’s not always the case. If anything, I would say it’s the other way around. When you’re a teenager, you have a lot of things to focus on, like your future, so chances are you won’t spend a lot of time crying over someone who broke your heart. However, people tend to be more dramatic when they’re younger, but you also manage to get over someone quicker.
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