How To Heal A Broken Heart & Get Over Someone You Once Loved

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How To Heal A Broken Heart & Get Over Someone You Once Loved
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One of the hardest things you will ever experience in life is a broken heart.

You start a new relationship with so much hope and love. Yet, by the time it's over, that hope is on life support and you’re curled up into a ball and crying your eyes out.

If only you knew how to get over someone you once loved and heal your broken heart.

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It seems like each time your heart breaks, it hardens a little as you swear you will never let that happen to you again.

The truth is you can learn how to heal a broken heart and move on so you can better at love — more vulnerable, more loving, and more skilled at making it last.

But, you have to decide to learn and grow from the experience instead of being broken by it.

Whether you initiated the breakup or were blindsided by your ex, the feelings of grief and loss can be overwhelming. What we know to be true is that when your heart breaks, it breaks open to hold more love.

When people are heartbroken, most people just wing it when it comes to healing and moving on. But, you can turn what feels like a tragedy into a huge gift for yourself, if you’re willing to take a new approach.

What does it look like to take a more conscious approach to heartbreak so you can know how to let go and move on for good?

Here are 5 ways to get over someone, heal your heart, and move on.

1. Take time to feel your feelings

Instead of trying to muscle through and act like you’re a big girl now, allow yourself to feel all the icky feelings that come up.

Guilt, shame, rage, whatever is there — allow these feelings to move through you. Book yourself some time to mourn in your calendar and if you don’t feel like it when the time comes, use music to inspire you to feel.

The great thing about your feeling state is that it is always temporary. Your feelings will not last. When we feel bad, we fear we’ll never ever feel better. However, when we feel bliss we’re never delusional enough to think that it will last.

There’s even nothing wrong with throwing yourself a pity party, as long as you remember to set an end time.

When you consciously choose to feel your feelings, instead of just wallowing in them, you bring attention to that part of you that is hurting. Give yourself a time limit and do nothing else while you are feeling and expressing.

Don’t try to eat your feelings with ice cream and donuts. Don’t try to rationalize or justify how you feel by going over in your mind what went wrong. Don’t allow yourself to numb out into a funk and prolong the experience.

Do schedule time in your calendar to just feel your feelings. Scream, cry, pound your pillow, heck you can even buy yourself a set of dishes from a thrift store and find a dumpster to break them in.

Maybe draw yourself a nice warm bath and start off crying and screaming underwater (where no one will hear you). Let it all out, and when you’re done you can simply relax in the tub and refuel.

Whatever allows you to feel and express, that’s what you want to do and do a lot of it.

Consciously choosing to set aside time to feel and express your feelings will allow them to pass through you and to create room for the feelings of grief to change.

2. Practice compassion for yourself

When you're in the process of getting over someone you once loved, you can get stuck when you judge yourself and blame yourself for the breakup.

The truth is you were doing the best you could with the resources you had — all of us are. If you had the ability to approach the situation differently you would have.

Have compassion for that younger version of you who was unable to prevent it, fix it, or make it better. Whether you could or should have done things differently is irrelevant at this point.

Accessing compassion releases judgment and there is no reason to judge what you did or did not do. There is no reverse in life, so you cannot go back to make a new choice.

Compassion allows you to be kind to yourself.

Find a place you love to sit, whether out in nature or in your home and place your right hand on your heart center and cover it with your left. Close your eyes and breathe into your heart. Picture the younger version of you who "screwed things up".

Let her know you love her. Say out loud, "I forgive myself for judging myself for …" and fill in the sentence with the mistakes that you made. Practice this as often as you like.

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3. Find gratitude for all that you have

Gratitude is probably the last thing you want to focus on when you are having a pity party, but shifting your mindset will give you the fuel to move on to better things.

An attitude of gratitude allows you to receive more of what you want. When your heart is broken, it can be difficult to feel gratitude about anything in your life.

Start small. Look for things that are going well in your life and celebrate them.

If you’re healthy, start with that. If you have a pet, you can be grateful for their unconditional love. If you have friends who are willing to listen to you complain about your ex, put them at the top of your list.

How you think about things is one of the most important tools you have for shifting your energy and your emotion.

Start a Gratitude Journal and each night before bed write down 5 things you are grateful for. Then, read through the list in the morning before you get out of bed to start your day.

4. Discover the golden nugget

This step is one you will take when you are done grieving. If you are still feeling brokenhearted, go back to step one.

We like to think of life as a giant game board and when you discover the golden nugget after a breakup, you move forward toward your beloved.

Here’s how you do it: Write a letter of gratitude to your ex (we know that sounds a little kooky but stick with us here).

You see, everyone who shows up in your life gives you an opportunity to learn and grow.

Your ex showed up to teach you something — maybe to help you become a better communicator — to learn how to speak up for yourself or to how to become better at selecting the right kind of man for you.

Discovering the "why him?" will ensure you don’t lather, rinse, and repeat with the same kind of man who is not right for you again.

So take some time to write down what your ex showed up to teach you, even if you’re certain he wasn’t consciously doing that.

It might start off just free writing whatever comes to your mind.

Eventually, form it into a letter of gratitude — one that you will never send. Write out all the things you learned and discovered by being in a relationship with him.

Make it as specific as possible and include anything you can think of.

Answer the question: Why did it have to be this particular person that you were with? What did this person teach you about yourself? What do you need to become better at in your future relationships?

Once you’ve completed the letter set it aside for a few days. Then pull it out, read it aloud, and create a ritual by burning it.

When you do, say aloud, "I release this for the highest good of all." If you don’t have a fireplace or a safe place outside to burn it, a great spot is your kitchen sink.

Finding the golden nugget allows you to free your heart so you can open up to love again.

5. Release what no longer serves you

Now is the time to take an inventory about yourself and who you were in that relationship.

  • Are there places you need to grow into in order to attract a better match for what you desire?
  • Are there skills you need to learn to make sure you don’t fall into the old habits and behaviors that block you from the love you want?
  • Are there signs you can recognize earlier to spot who is not a long-term match for you and move on quickly?

When you approach your relationships in this way, you learn new ways to date and to select a better partner.

You are able to navigate conflict more confidently. You are able to express yourself more freely and honor yourself by speaking up.

Learning how to move on from a heartbreak may be one of the toughest of growing pains that you’ll experience but you can use the time to create a new relationship with yourself.

As you grow as a person, you’ll attract a new kind of man.

Rather than swearing off men for good (until you forgot you did that) and go out to find love by accident yet again, maybe it’s time you found a new approach altogether — one that creates love on purpose.

Long-lasting love is a skill that you can learn because you are in charge of the selection process.

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Orna and Matthew Walters are soulmate coaches, soul partners and the founders of Creating Love on Purpose. Their work has helped thousands of readers connect with what it takes to find a true soul partnership and they can help you too. Book a private session today to explore what you need to do to finally find your beloved.

This article was originally published at Creating Love On Purpose. Reprinted with permission from the author.