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How to Move on After a Long-Term Relationship

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Heartbreak is a universal experience that affects most people at some point in their lives, and they may begin to wonder how to move on after a long-term relationship. It’s a difficult experience, but it doesn’t need to be definitive. The time it takes to move on after the relationship has ended will vary from person to person, but following these five steps will help individuals ensure they are properly healing and learning from their experiences.


Moving on after a breakup takes time and understanding. Sadness is a normal feeling to experience during this stage and it’s essential to embrace those feelings rather than trying to not let them surface for fear of what might happen next.

Acknowledgment is the most emotionally strong and mature thing you can do in the face of romantic loss. Avoid attempting to appear mature or hardened — choose to accept sadness to ensure proper healing.

The end of a relationship necessitates a period of mourning. During this time, those experiencing heartbreak can reflect on the relationship and past actions. Experiencing emotions rather than suppressing is essential to the healing process and to fully move on.

Practice Self-Care

When a former romantic partner is no longer part of one’s daily life, a significant change occurs, which is often unsettling. Self-care is an excellent diversion from the breakup and an excellent means of concentrating on oneself.

In addition to self-care, it is essential to prioritize mental health and well-being. Record unfiltered thoughts in a journal, take up an old or new hobby and structure the days so that there is always something to look forward to.

Find contentment through solo activities, catching up with close friends, meditation or therapy. As the sadness from the breakup continues and the process of forgetting an ex begins, engage in activities that nourish the soul. 

Take Time for Self-Reflection

Practicing self-reflection while going through a breakup can be extremely rewarding. Many people tend to dwell on the past and replay memories trying to find where they went wrong. Instead, focus on on the positive outcomes of the relationship for its duration and what is to come next.

This is a great time to ask oneself the harder questions regarding personal and relationship goals, values, and what one wants in a future partner.

Taking the time to sort through these thoughts and questions will ensure individuals going through a difficult breakup come to terms with what has happened and will allow them to move on.

Forgive the Past

Breakups are typically marked by anger and resentment. Constant thoughts of what might have been, what would have happened if someone had said this instead and anger at the relationship’s betrayed behaviors. 

Every recollection of the events and conversations that led to this breakup reignites the flame of resentment. This downward spiral can hinder a person’s ability to progress. 

The past should not be forgotten. The past’s emotions, such as happiness, love and joy cannot be forgotten. Instead, pardon the past for what it once was. 

This cannot be a one-time occurrence. Even if you forgive yourself or your ex today, there is a chance that something will evoke their memories tomorrow. You will have to consciously forgive again until you are able to recall the events without regret or resentment.

Remain Optimistic

The belief that your former romantic partner is your soulmate and refusing to let go of this thought will hold back any progress on moving on. Fixating on the hope of someday getting back together will keep you from healing and potentially finding a more compatible match.

Remember that being currently single does not mean you will remain without a partner indefinitely, unless you decide so. Enjoy every step of the journey and focus on personal growth during this time.

Relationship-Ready Rehash

Moving on after a long-term relationship has ended can be difficult, but it is possible to find happiness again. By accepting the situation, taking care of yourself, reflecting on your past relationship, forgiving yourself and others, and remaining optimistic about the future, you can begin the process of healing and rebuilding. The tips outlined above are designed to help you work through the stages of grief and emerge stronger on the other side.

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