A Gal's Guide To Breaking Up

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A roundup of YourTango's best breakup advice.

At YourTango our mission is to help you live your best love life. We help you set up your online dating profile. We give you tips on how to rock a first date, and we weigh in when it comes time for your 51st date. Is he the one? We try to help you figure that out and, when you finally say "I do," we give advice on how to make it last. But sometimes, love doesn't last. Sometimes things just don't work out—and we have your back then, too. Over the years we've published many a break-up-advice post—so many in fact, that we've taken our favorite tips and created a breakup cheat sheet. For your edification, our top ten breakup posts and what they recommend.

1. Revel In Your Post-Breakup Misery—The Healthy Way. Wallowing in the wake of a breakup can cause a person to engage in unfortunate, self-destructive behavior: rebound sex... binge drinking... a snack-food-aisle overload... all things that will only leave you feeling worse. Instead of succumbing to that downward spiral, engage in some of these healthier activities. They'll make that post-breakup period—dare we say it?—fun, and may even get your mind off what just happened.

 

2. Perhaps Indulge In A Bit Of Bad Behavior. Then again, if the cure to what ails you is breaking all the post-breakup rules, have we got the how-to post for you. Drink a lot, sleep with other guys, develop a shopping addiction and more.

3. Turn To Some Great Breakup-Related Resources. It's our hope that when you're struggling with love—or with the recent loss of love—YourTango will be one of the first things you turn to. That and your friends, your family, your tissue box and perhaps a bag of Hershey's Kisses. But there are several other pretty fantastic resources you can use, among them a breakup activity book, a list of best breakup songs, self-defense classes and... um... voodoo dolls.