In the past I’ve done videos on deciding whether or not to breakup and how to do it in healthy ways. Today, I’m going to explain how to survive a breakup. Whether you’re the one being dumped or dumping or it’s something mutual, breaking up can wreck you. It can leave you feeling confused, depressed, infuriated, lonely, the list goes on. Let’s focus on what you can do to manage the mess. First, acquire a vicarious experience. According to psychologist, Albert Bandura, one of the most effective ways to accomplish something like surviving a breakup, is having it modeled for you by someone who’s like you and who has been in a situation like yours. Think of someone you know who has gone through a breakup. Did they make it? What was it like for them? How is their life now? Beyonce and Dwayne Johnson are stretched comparisons but they’ve both gone through breakups and survived. You can too. Next tool in the break-up first aid kit is environmental trickery. Find a setting that looks how you want to feel, not how you do feel. For me that’s sunshine, moving water, and happy dogs. It could also be a cozy blanket, candlelight, and my favorite sitcom. The point is to give your mood a boost. Not to stuff or hide what you’re feeling , but to feel more complexly. So it’s not all confusion and misery. It’s confusion, misery, and ease, and freedom . Time to make some calls and/or texts. Identify ten or more people in your social circles you can reach out to. Bonus points for people in other time zones you can contact when you’re restless at odd hours. The calls aren’t to say “I just got dumped” They’re to open up and be of service to others. Try something like “Hey, I’m having a hard time right now. My relationship is confusing and I’d love to get out of myself for a while. How are you doing?” Listen to the other person’s feelings and challenges, hear what they need, and think about ways you can be there for them. If you really can’t give anything, it’s okay to ask for something you need such as “I need some company right now would you like to go for a walk?” Next, look up Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’ stages of grief. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The cycle isn’t the rule for every experience of loss but it’s a guideline that can help track the progress you’re making. Remember: Getting into a relationship is a gradual process. You get to know one another, date some, and then make things official. The other end of a relationship can be just as gradual. Give yourself some time to unravel what was. Then, there’s repeating the mantra. The pain is in the resistance to change, not the change itself. Which means feeling awful like your skin is on fire and your heart is in a vice is not really because the relationship is over and you’re not going to be romantic or physical with someone you’ve grown attached to. The pain is a result of resisting what is happening. Scrambling around in the past trying to figure out what went wrong then scrambling around in the unknown future to get a different outcome. If you can be right here in your present, you’ll find that you’re okay and you’ll start to feel okay. Next in the first-aid kit: start writing. There’s incredible research on the therapeutic effects of writing. Some suggest that unpacking trauma in a journal, also known as abreaction, helps to clear the trauma from the mind and reduce health problems. Another theory is that the eye movement from the left to right side of the page, as the person writes or types, mimics eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or MDR treatment. What I like most about writing is that it forces me to focus on one word at a time and in doing so, calms the spinning of multiple thoughts. Here’s the starting prompt: What did I eat today? Make sure you’re eating and sleeping. You need both to function. I, for one, lose my appetite when I’m stressed and I stay up really late and sleep in really late. So the trick for me is to go in search of food that I won’t reject like pad thai and sushi. For you it might be kale chips or a double cheeseburger. Eat ice cream if it’s all you can choke down. Just try to aim for something more than sugar. You’re in crisis and your body needs to be treated with extra special care. To help with sleep and horniness, I highly recommend masturbation. Rub one out or ten until you’re so sexually satiated, the thought of booty calling your ex is unwanted and you get all the benefits of physical pleasure like mood elevation, lower blood pressure, postponed worried, heightened self-esteem, tension release, and better sleep. Finally, I’ll leave you with a story. A woman answered a knock at her front door and two men in uniform stood there to tell her, her son had died at war. She invited them in for tea. The men were puzzled. Why wasn’t she losing her shit? So they asked “How can you just invite us in for tea when you must be feeling so inconsolable?” She told them that she was taught that when in crisis, to proceed like you would if there wasn’t a crisis. If they had just shown up at her door without tragic news, she would have invited them in for tea and so now she’d do the same. What would you be doing right now if you weren’t devastated? Write a thank-you card, wash the dishes, get a ticket for a concert you’re looking forward to, take a road trip you’ve been putting off. You have no idea what the future holds. None. You could get back together with your partner, you can meet someone more compatible, you could be really happy single. Let your future soul take care of all of that. Just be here now and stay curious. A special thanks to all of our patreon sponsors at patreon.com /Sexplanations and now patreon.com/SexplanationsPodcast. We’re so grateful to have your support. If you’re not already, please subscribe to our channel. 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