Getting dumped is hard. Chances are you’ve been dumped by a girl you were crazy about at some point in your life. If you haven’t yet, it will probably happen eventually. There’s no shame in getting upset about it. It hurts to get dumped, no matter how much of a tough guy you think you are.
The time period immediately following a break-up can be devastating. You wake up the next morning after getting dumped, thinking it was a bad dream. Then eventually reality sets in and depression hits. You probably barely have the motivation to put on pants or even get out of bed. Nothing in life brings you joy, except for listening to Brian McKnight’s “6, 8, 12” on repeat.
Being heartbroken is one of the shittiest feelings a man is likely to ever experience. Unfortunately, it can be something that is hard to shake.
Time is the main ingredient in the recipe for getting over a break-up. But a man can expedite this process if he handles things properly or he can make the recovery process take even longer if things are handled poorly. Here are some important tips which can help a heartbroken man get over a break-up as fast as possible.
1. DO NOT CALL HER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE!
After a break-up you will likely be tempted to call your ex-girlfriend. Maybe you want to talk things out, maybe you miss the sound of her voice or maybe you just want to call her stupid cunt for breaking your heart.
Whatever the reason, calling an ex-girlfriend shortly after a break-up will likely have negative consequences. You’ll either start crying like a little bitch, beg her to take you back or get frustrated and call her all sorts of nasty words like the one I just wrote above. Whatever the case is, you have just made your situation worse.
I know it can be tough to stay away but you have to resist the urge as best you can. It will be for the best. You need to do whatever you can to get her out of your mind and calling her will only keep her fresh in your thoughts. Cutting off all contact is the best way to go.
2. STAY AWAY FROM SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES
This is similar to the first rule, in that it involves contacting your ex, though Facebook is a slightly more indirect method of communication. I haven’t had a bad break-up in the post-Facebook world so this was never an issue for me. I met my wife in 2005, right around the time that Facebook began to take off. Obviously I haven’t been dumped since then.
However, when I went through a tough break-up, instant messenger was the big thing. I remember stalking an ex-girlfriend’s away messages to see what she was up to. Inevitably, I’d see some message about her going out to a club or a bar. For the rest of the night, I couldn’t shake the image in my head of some dude’s junk rubbing up against her, as he grinds against her on the dance floor. This would just get me more upset. The same holds true for Facebook. You may not like what you read on her status update, so its best to just hide her from your news feed. Ignorance is bliss sometimes.
#3. DON’T HOLD OUT HOPE THAT YOU’LL GET BACK TOGETHER
Hope is a great thing in most cases but when it comes to a break-up it can make things more painful. Perhaps your ex-girlfriend told you that she needed some space and mentioned that there is a chance you two can give it a shot again some time in the future. This probably happens a lot. I’ve had this said to me multiple times after being dumped and I never got back together with any of them. I have also used this line when roles were reversed, even though I knew I’d never get back with the girl. I guess it just helps to soften the blow a little bit.
If she told you something similar during your break-up, just pretend like she never said it. If she comes crawling back to you in the future and getting your ex back is something you want to do, then great. But if she doesn’t, at least you’ll have mentally prepared yourself better to be without her.
#4 THIS ISN’T THE MOVIES. DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO GET HER BACK WILL RE-OPEN THE WOUND
After a really tough break-up, there is a chance you may be in desperation mode. You may be tempted to make a desperate attempt to win back her affection. Doing something like writing her a poem or singing a love song outside her apartment window in the rain may work in the movies but in real life this will make you look pathetic.
The only situation where something like this would work is if you broke up because you screwed up. If you cheated on her or said or did something you shouldn’t have, something like this may actually work. In fact, in that situation, I’d probably encourage you take some action. Doing something like this could show the girl you are serious about the relationship and want to atone for your mistakes.
However, if you broke up because she claimed she needed space, she told you she wanted to find herself, or she gave you the bogus “it’s not you, it’s me” excuse, then this will not help at all.
When your attempt fails miserably, it will “reset the clock.” Any break-up takes time to get over and if you try something like this and fail, it will be like getting dumped all over again. Your ego will take another hit and you’ll dive deeper into depression.
#5 AVOID GETTING DRUNK FOR A WHILE
After getting your heart ripped out, it’s easy to turn to alcohol to help relieve the pain your feeling. But this is a VERY bad idea. If you get drunk following a break-up, you are nearly guaranteed to drunk-dial your ex.
As many of us know, drunk-dialing rarely ends well. A friend of mine, who frequents the comment section of Living with Balls, once drunk dialed his ex-girlfriend shortly after getting dumped. He desperately wanted to get back with her at the time, but after a long night of drinking he decided to call her repeatedly. After she ignored his continuous phone calls, he decided to let out his frustration on her voicemail, calling her every derogatory remark for a female you could think of. Needless to say, he never got back with her.
In addition, drinking may make you feel better for a little while but when you sober up, you’ll be left in the same crappy situation, except with a hangover on top of it.
#6 IF YOU HAVE MUTUAL FRIENDS, DON’T HANG OUT WITH THEM FOR A WHILE
When two people have been dating for a long time, it’s likely they end up becoming close with each other’s friends. Sometimes those two groups can even merge to create a bigger group of friends. This is a great thing while you’re together, but if you break-up it can create an additional set of problems.
If this is the case, you are stuck with the shitty scenario of being forced to choose between hanging out with your friends and risk running into your ex or staying home and masturbating before crying yourself to sleep. Both scenarios suck but you’re better off staying home and rubbing one out.
This situation sucks for everyone involved. You shouldn’t have to lose friends over a break-up but unfortunately that is sometimes the case. You don’t want to run into you ex at the time you are most vulnerable. This will just make things harder for the both of you and will probably create plenty of drama. My best suggestion is to just stay away for a little while until things blow over. It’s possible you can eventually still all hang out together, but you need to let things cool down for a little while first.
#7 [INSERT CHEESY PLATITUDE PEOPLE SAY ABOUT GETTING DUMPED TO MAKE THEMSELVES FEEL BETTER]
You know that stupid saying that goes “if you love something let it go, if it comes back it was meant to be?” That is a tired cliché but there actually is an element of truth to it.
If this girl truly loves you, eventually she will realize she has made a mistake. But she’ll never realize this if she thinks she can get you back at anytime. If this girl thinks you have moved on and there is a chance she may lose you forever, then she may start to rethink her actions. It’s human nature to want something we can’t have. And if she doesn’t ever come back to you, then at least you’ll have gotten over her quicker and you can move on to another girl.
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