Okay, breakups suck. And when you have a broken heart, renting Ryan Gosling's entire body of work from Netflix definitely helps. But sometimes it pays to get a little more creative. We're totally inspired by these post-split pick-me-ups (R-Patz, take note!).
"I had a pretty bad break-up with a guy that I was totally in love with a few years back. Luckily, I'm very productive when depressed, so even though my head was constantly spinning with 'what ifs,' I decided to take up drumming. Other than learning 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' on the recorder and 'Chopsticks' on the piano, I'd never learned to play an instrument, and the drums were always something that I was drawn to. I finally decided to invest in myself and get a set. Banging away on the drums turned out to be a pretty good distraction and I've been playing ever since." —Ariana N.
"A year and a half ago, I ended a seven-year off-and-on relationship for what I knew would be the last time. This particular ex was a self-proclaimed music snob and hated pop music. One day I was listening to Beyoncé and thought, 'Hell yeah! I'm listening to Beyoncé! And I will listen as long and loud as I want!' Days, weeks and months of Beyoncé and Justin Bieber later, I still get a kick out of listening to music that would piss him off. And when music fails, nothing beats a weekend out of town with great girlfriends." —Lulu F.
"After my relationship ended, I focused on pampering myself. I set aside six months for myself to take a break from dating. I bought myself flowers, took myself out on lavish dates, and started making 'desire lists,' choosing one thing to fulfill each day, from buying new lingerie to going skydiving." —Brooke A.
"My ex left me for someone else just a few months before our wedding. I was completely crushed, but after a talk with a friend, I decided that I was going to keep my dignity and pride—and that I was also going to make sure that month remained the best one of my life. As a result, my best friend wound up coming on the honeymoon with me. We'd been to Hawaii together once before, joking the whole time that we were honeymooning, so it was hilarious to us that this time it was for real. Sitting on the beach, I kept having visions of various things I wanted to accomplish and adventures I wanted to have, and realized that I was capable of doing anything." —Katie P.
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