Just because you and your partner-in-crime have recently parted ways doesn’t mean your days of mourning should be filled with pints of sugary Ben and Jerry’s and salacious Netflix binges. Now is the time to embrace the possibilities, take up a new hobby, and get back in touch with you inner fun, single gal.
Here are 10 strange yet potentially insanely rewarding activities to partake in the next time your mind starts to wander to you-know-who again.
1. The Joke’s on Him
Try your hand at stand-up comedy. Laughter is the best medicine after all. The best way to cure the breakup blues? Get some laughs by making others laugh at an open mic. It could even help you finally get over that fear of public speaking.
2. Join the Circus
Well, almost. Take an aerial or circus art class to get those endorphins pumping! Training includes everything from silk work, trapeze, contortion, and acrobatics. Yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds.
3. ‘Folk’ Him
Learn how to play that weird instrument you’ve always wanted to play, like the banjo. Mumford & Sons may need a replacement some day…
4. Improv it!
You’re not sure what’s next and that’s okay. Tina Fey said to approach life with a “Yes AND” attitude. Approach your breakup the same way… and improv can help! This same wise woman also said “There are no mistakes, only opportunities.” We couldn’t agree more.
5. Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac said it best about moving on, and music can heal. It might seem counterintuitive, but hit up a concert or club solo to watch live music. It’ll feel weird at first, but it’s a great way to meet people and can be super cathartic.
6. Get Lost
Even if you think you know your own ‘hood, get lost on an unfamiliar street or wander a familiar area with a fresh set of eyes. Host your own street art tour, take artsy photos, and just enjoy your time out in the open.
7. Get Adventurous… with food!
Learn how to cook an exotic cuisine, like Ethiopian. Or learn how to make your own cheese, for when those times of desperation call for a few glasses (or an entire bottle) of really good wine. Now that’s a useful life skill.
8. Not Your Grandma’s Poems
Hit up a poetry slam. You’ll leave feeling like an empowered badass. A refined badass, because other people have just spilled their guts and hearts with the power of the spoken word. And soon you’ll be saying “What guy?”
9. Rebel with a Cause
Finally get that tattoo, piercing, or edgy haircut you’ve been meaning to get. No one is stopping you now!
10. Get Handy
With your home! And, also simultaneously save the planet. Visitcutoutandkeep.net and make wall art with random things like your toilet paper rolls. There are also enough DIY crafts on there to keep you busy for the rest of time.
This article was originally published at Never Liked It Anyway. Reprinted with permission from the author.