People & Relationships

Moving On From Relationships

Relationships can be hard and sometimes they do not work out the way you had hoped they would. You may still have lingering feelings or not know how to get over them. There are some things you can do to help make your way along that path and recover emotionally.

Breakups can spring strong emotions to the forefront of your mind. It is always good to remember that the pain of a difficult break-up is only temporary. You will move on, even if it takes some time.

How to Move on From a Relationship

With that being said, if you are struggling with strong emotions that make it difficult to function or impacting your well-being, you can also find help at BetterHelp. They can match you with a mental health professional who can help you learn how to cope. In addition, you can keep some of the things included in this article in your mind to help you move on.

Time Heals

It can take a significant amount of time to move on after the end of a relationship. In fact, research shows that it could take weeks or even months to move on. It is important to remember this.

In a relationship that lasted a while, the end means your life is going through some drastic changes. For example, you may have a new routine or financial situation.

It does not usually help to rush through the process of getting over someone. Sometimes people jump right back into dating, but this will not be a healthy way to heal the emotional pain of the end of the relationship. At some point, you will have to face your feelings and address the changes that have come to your life and future.

Don’t Fight Emotions

The end of a relationship can bring about some uncomfortable emotions, but you should not try to avoid them. Feeling those emotions is an important part of the healing process and it will be difficult to move on without addressing those feelings.

In addition, feeling the emotions can help you learn the things you liked and did not like about the relationship. Then, you are more likely to have healthier relationships moving forward.

See Friends

Sometimes when we break up with someone, we just want to be alone. But isolation is not very healthy, especially for a prolonged period of time. Instead, it is a good idea to be with friends or family members. They can support you and lend an ear to listen to your troubles.

Friends can also be a good distraction and give you something to do that is completely unrelated to the former relationship or the break-up. Plus, social interaction can release dopamine, which can make you feel good.

Disconnect From Your Ex

While it may seem like it helps to talk to your ex, it is best to disconnect from them. This means not following them on social media or driving by their home.

Staying in touch with them can prolong the sadness and other negative emotions. While you may be curious about what they have been doing since the end of the relationship, a clean break will be much better for you.

Examine the Relationship

After you have some distance, you can examine the relationship for everything it really was without emotions clouding your thoughts. Take an honest look at the things that were toxic or unhealthy as well as the things that you enjoyed. This can give you a clearer picture of the reasons that the relationship ended.

Examine Yourself

In addition to examining the relationship, you should also take a deep look at yourself. It is common for people to tie up their identity in a relationship, which can make it more difficult to move forward when it ends. However, it is possible to examine yourself and find out who you are without the relationship.

If you have trouble looking at your identity, then you may find it helpful to write. Starting a journal of your thoughts and feelings can be calming and help to foster a realistic or positive perspective.

It can help you weight the pros and cons and address the things that may still be lingering in your mind. You can look at the regrets that you have and your own personality as you move forward leading to positive growth.

Other Fish

It is sometimes hard to think about all of the other people that you can meet without being in a relationship because you may have thought the relationship would last forever. However, it can also be helpful to remember that there are other fish in the sea. Then, when you are ready, you can pursue dating again.

Let Go and Learn

If you feel resentment or anger at the way a relationship went, then it is important to let those feelings go. It is possible to let these types of feeling go without forgetting about the negatives that caused them in the first place. If you hold on to those types of feelings, then you remain in some way connected to your ex, which can slow the healing process.

If you let go of those things, then you can also move forward in a positive way. In fact, you may even find that you look at the break-up itself as a positive event. Being single may also have some benefits that you enjoy. Maybe you have more time to read or pursue a passion. These types of things can make moving forward much easier.

Be Healthy

It is important to stay healthy after the ending of relationship. While you may feel like grabbing a tub of ice cream, staying up until 3 am, and then sleeping till noon, it is best to avoid that type of unhealthy behavior.

You should try to exercise and get enough sleep. You may also find that it is beneficial to participate in some enjoyable activities. These types of things can make us feel good, despite the end of a relationship.


The end of a relationship is not the end of the world, even if it can feel that way. You will move on, even if it takes some time. Keep in mind that you should never neglect your emotions or your health.

Furthermore, you should also try to communicate with someone, whether that is a friend, a family member, or a therapist. Finally, try not to dwell in the past and let go of regret and resentment.

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About the author

Marie Miguel

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.