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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

A breakup is not the easiest thing to deal with. It is especially tough when you have to deal with a break-up from your high school sweetheart. It’s difficult to sustain a long-distance relationship, especially when you’re both living away from home for the first time and now developing your sense of independence. Even though you may have grown up with this person, at least through high school, you’ll soon have to adapt to a life without them. While it will be painful, it can be done. 

Image courtesy of Step to Health. 

Certain self-care focused practices can even make this tough time a lot easier for you. When you take care of yourself, you can make the hard times pass a lot more smoothly. After you’ve managed to cope for a while, your feelings will eventually get back to normal. This timeline will be different for everyone, but all you have to do is focus on yourself and what will make this time an easier one for you. Break-up pain can be soothed with the right methods!

What is the “Turkey Dump”?

Thanksgiving is as common a time for breakups as it is for family get-togethers. 

This meal might come with a side of heartbreak. Image courtesy of Mashed. 

The “Turkey Dump” is when students returning home for Thanksgiving break dump their partners that are still living back home or staying at other colleges. It is a common phenomenon, especially among college freshmen. It happens often during Thanksgiving because it is the first break of the first semester of college. High school students tend to feel committed to their partners before they leave for college, but once they get there and experience a whole new lifestyle, they want to leave their old high school partners behind. 

It's based on a desire to want to have the full college experience. When you’re still in high school, leaving your significant other behind feels sad, but once you get there, it feels sad to have to miss out on any college fun because you are stuck reaching out to your high school partner. Staying in touch might feel like more of a chore once you’ve made friends at your new school, a huge difference from the comfort that talking to your partner used to be. 

Your face time dates all of a sudden don’t feel so fun when your peers are going on real dates with new people. It feels like you're missing out when you turn down in-person hang outs to keep up with your distant partner. All of a sudden, your partner feels like an anchor that’s holding you back. It is easy to want to let go of the relationship in this circumstance. College is a fresh start, but it doesn’t completely feel that way when you’re trying to hold on to your past life. 

How Do You Survive it?

Surviving a break-up can be difficult, but not impossible. 

Whether you are the partner that initiated the break-up or the one who was dumped, dealing with a break-up can take a toll on your emotions. You’re going to feel sad for a while, but you can’t let it break you. It is necessary to experience your emotions, but also to maintain your mental health. The healing process involves grieving, processing your feelings, and then moving forward with a stronger mindset. 

Stuffing your feelings away and ignoring them is not a good way to move forward. Denial will only delay the pain that you’ll have to go through. When you prioritize your feelings and take steps to work through them, you’ll come out better on the other side after healing your emotional scars. 

Take Time to Grieve

Some alone time can do you good. 

She’s spending some well-needed time with herself. Image courtesy of Verywell Mind. 

At this moment, it is a good idea to take plenty of time for yourself. Take things easier than usual. Give yourself permission to turn down invites and skip events that are not crucial to attend. Your free time would be best spent on having alone time to dwell on whatever you need to. Whether you choose to spend time thinking about what you’re missing out on, or on what your new future would look like, it's much better than being in public and putting on a brave face before you are ready to. If you need to cry, do that. If you need to silently stare at the wall, do that too. 

Have movie nights with yourself. A break-up is the perfect excuse to spend your nights in bed, with bags filled with snacks, binge-watching Netflix. Read a good book, or read a few good books. Having plenty of time alone will help you feel comfortable by yourself again. Your cozy nights alone will feel more and more comforting, rather than depressing, as the days go by. 

Focus on You Responsibilities for a While

Throwing yourself into your studies will help to redirect your focus. 

This is a great time to truly focus on your schooling and the results you hope to earn from it. Spend time reading, writing, and studying with the intention of earning your highest scores. Think about your career end goal and how you plan to get there. Do you need to maintain a certain GPA? Try to go above and beyond that. Would joining a specific club help you network better? Join the club and make the connections that will be useful to you. You will be giving yourself a better future by doing what you need to do to set it up now. So even if your life feels difficult now, you will be walking into a better life eventually because of the useful steps you have taken. 

The more you pay attention to your responsibilities, the more your focus will end up shifting away from your breakup. You can’t let a breakup damage other parts of your life. That will only make dealing with it worse. Even while you’re not happy about your romantic life, you can be about your academic life. And planning for your career will also remind you that there is a lot more to life than your romantic relationships. Other parts of your life need your focus to thrive as well. 

Take Care of Your Body

Your body’s health can impact how you feel. Make sure that you treat it well. 

These moves will bring great benefits. Image courtesy of U.S. News. 

When we are sad, something we are prone to doing is treating our bodies like trash. Sometimes we might not want to get out of bed to get ourselves a decent meal, or to get some exercise, but it is necessary for our physical and mental wellbeing. If you stay in bed all day and eat snacks because they’re easier to grab than food with sustenance, your body will not feel very good, which will cause you to feel even worse emotionally. Your mental health is connected to your physical health. Good food and exercise will likely have a positive effect on your body. 

While food and exercise won’t get rid of the sadness you feel about your breakup, it will make it a lot easier to handle. Dealing with sadness while your body feels terrible just makes things tougher to deal with. Withdrawing from the physical activities, foods, and hangouts you used to participate in will only serve to strengthen depression. Exercise brings about positive feelings in the body which can aid in your emotional healing process. It is very often touted as one of the best ways to deal with persistent sadness. Feeling nourished and energized will lessen the impact of your sadness. The endorphins your body will release can cause you to feel positive even when you don’t believe you have a reason to be. Endorphins are known to decrease pain and increase positive feelings. 

This healthy snack pack from OCM will help you nourish your body with low effort. It is packed with snacks that are far healthier than the usual go-to snacks. 

Treat Yourself to Nice Things

You’ll always appreciate gifts from yourself. 

Let yourself indulge a little bit. If you want something, give yourself permission to have it. Even if you tend to be frugal or restrictive with your spending habits, allowing yourself a treat every now and then will still make you feel good. Get takeout from your favorite place, have dessert after your meal, and get yourself something you would like to have, but don’t necessarily need. Whether it's a cute scarf, a stylish pen, or a stuffed animal, you’ll appreciate the rush of pleasure you’ll get from getting yourself the things you enjoy. You get to feel appreciation for yourself whenever you’re reminded of your “gifts.”

Treating yourself doesn’t have to cost a lot. You can always treat yourself for less. Indulge in the dining hall treats you often ignore, or even make your own. There are plenty of tutorials online that can teach you how to make delectable desserts in your dorm room. If all you have access to is a microwave, it is not a problem. You’ll be surprised by all that you can make in a microwave. You can even try making yourself some gifts. You can do DIY projects for jewelry making, knitting, or painting. You can end up with great results that you are proud of, and maybe even a new hobby!

This wake up throw pillow from OCM will keep your bed comfortable for resting. It also doubles as daily motivation!

Hang Out With Friends

Your friends can make handling a break-up a lot easier. 

They are sure having a great time! Image courtesy of HuffPost. 

For a while after your break-up, you may not feel like spending time with anyone. That is totally fine, but after a while, the best thing for you would be to get back into normal life. Even if you end up feeling like you’re forcing yourself to go out at first, you’ll soon remember why you love having your friends around. The amount of fun you’ll have will have you looking forward to your next hangout rather than dreading the idea. 

Your friends are the best people you can lean on when you’re having a hard time. Don’t shut them out and deal with it yourself. If you need to, you can always talk to them. They might even share relatable stories that will have you feeling much less alone in the moment. Even if you’re not up for discussing your break-up, the simple presence of friends will lift your spirits. Doing things you enjoy with the people you enjoy pushes the bad thoughts out of your mind. Even if it doesn’t last, you’ll feel better with the more time you spend with your friends. You’ll realize that you are not alone without your high school partner, you’re actually surrounded by great people you can have a great time with!

Go on Casual Dates 

Dating let’s you know what’s out there. 

After a breakup, you’re probably not thinking of getting back into another relationship right away, and that is for the best. It is crucial to spend time with yourself, and get accustomed to being single. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go on dates! Dating is a fun way to meet new people and do fun activities. Even if there is no serious end goal, you can still have a great time doing it. In fact, it can remove a lot of the pressure you feel when dating seriously. 

The goal is to simply have fun and discover the options that are out there. You don’t need to stress out about being likeable or liking your date, that can potentially happen, but when it's not a top focus, dating feels a lot more natural. While you’re meeting new people, you’ll also learn that dating doesn’t have to be a stressful interview process. Just have fun getting to know new people and new things without hyperfocusing on the outcome. You’ll end up excited about your new dating prospects and look forward to your future without your ex! 

You’ll learn a lot about yourself and what you want in a partner in the meantime. You’re likely to discover great people that you wouldn’t have met had you stayed with your ex. You might even come to realize that your breakup was actually a positive thing in your life. It has left you open to brand new possibilities that you hadn’t known existed before!

Breakups can be difficult to deal with, especially when you’re in a whole new environment. When you do the right things to care for yourself, this difficult time can pass a lot more smoothly.