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Post-Breakup Habits to Avoid

Post-Breakup Habits That Actually Make You Feel Worse

Breaking up is hard to do, right? YourTango shares the seven things you won't want to do if your relationship is over.

What's worse than a bad breakup? Prolonging your misery.

So it didn't work out — you guys broke up, and it sucks. It really sucks. But you know what makes it worse? Doing things that you know you shouldn't be doing, because they're only prolonging your misery.

In our recent Break Up With Your Ex survey, we found out that 64 percent of respondents are still obsessed with a past relationship, but 86 percent agree they'd be better off making a clean break from their exes. And we're here to help you do just that.

So get off your ex's Facebook page (we'll get to the defriending later), tune in, and move on!

1. Jumping Into the Sack
Sleeping with someone new tonight will totally renew your diminished sense of self-worth and independence, right?! Wrong. Having sex tonight will absolutely not do either of those things. Chances are, you'll wake up with a postcoital hangover and regret everything about your little revenge romp. Don't get me wrong: hooking up with someone new is a completely integral part of the post-breakup process . . . in due time. If your mind is made up, go ahead and make out with someone, but keep your clothes on until you can make a more rational decision. I apply a similar strategy when it comes to online shopping. If I still want it in a week, I break out the plastic. Until then, I pump the brakes.

2. Social Media Stalking
You knew this one was coming — so cut it out! The stalking needs to stop. Oh, you don't want to go ahead and press “unfriend” because then you'll look like you "actually care"? Please. Are you a robot? Of course you care. Doing it today is better than doing it next week, when you can stalk to see if he or she has any new pictures or status updates or Instagrams or tweets or vines. That's right, we're talking a cold-turkey social media separation here.

3. Revisiting Your Usual "Spots"
Am I saying that you should rearrange every route you take to avoid running into an ex forever? No, of course not — that would be ridiculous. But you can get that tall black coffee just about anywhere, so stop going to the Starbucks near your ex's office in hopes of formulating a run-in ("Wow, so good to see you! This is so random!"). If you were in a traumatic car crash, would you drive by the scene of the accident all the time? Trying to run into your ex is unnecessary, unsettling, and totally obvious.

According to our recent Break Up With Your Ex survey, more than 50 percent of respondents said it's nostalgia and longing that keep them hooked, and cutting all ties to an ex just seems "too final. But breaking free now, as hard as it is, is important.

4. Getting Closure
Trying to make the person who dumped you feel sorry for you is not going to work, it's only going to make you look stupid now, and feel stupid later. Remember, you're an awesome person, so if your ex broke up with you, then he or she probably put some serious thought into why the two of you are no longer compatible as a couple. Even if you do manage to schedule a post-breakup meeting so that you can gain some "closure," you're still not going to get what you want. What you're seeing as a "breakthrough" in your communication barrier, your ex sees as an altruistic act of pity.

For three more things you want to avoid, head to YourTango: Seven Post-Breakup Habits That Actually Make You Feel Worse

— Tiffany McHugh

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