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How to Mend a Broken Heart

June 4, 2010 at 12:00PM by Gennifer Delman |

Broken Heart Cookie

Whether you've ended a long-term relationship or a label-less fling, breakups are never fun. Time consuming and heart wrenching, it's too easy to dwell on the past and get caught up in what could have, should have, or would have been. To avoid these hang-ups and help you make a comeback, check out these tips:

Get Active!

Work out your frustrations and burn some calories at the same time. If you're a gym person, sign up for a pilates or spin class to turn up the heat. Engage in healthy intervals of cardio and weights and mix up your routine each time. Or, you can keep it simple just by going for a brisk walk with your dog or riding your bike. Create a master playlist and get your heart pumping! You'll be feeling and looking great in no time.

Write it out — then delete it.

We well know that even the smallest thing can trigger our emotions. You may find an old tee of his crumpled up in your drawer or revisit a cute text that you saved; any of these actions will bring up old feelings. Whichever emotion you're experiencing it's helpful to write it down. Pen an entry in a private diary or compose your thoughts in a text message and then hit "delete." That way you can metaphorically and quite literally throw out these feelings and start fresh. You may also get satisfaction out of typing out a text and then sending it to a BFF. That way you feel like you can press "send" and let go. No matter what, DO NOT send the text to HIM! You will regret it later.

Go out with the girls!

Watching an empowering movie with your big sis or engaging in some retail therapy with your BFF may be just what the doctor ordered to cure a broken heart. Splurge on a new designer bag or pick out a hot new LBD — just make sure the ladies in your life are there by your side.

How else do you mend a broken heart and move on? Share your secrets and stay strong!



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