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The Ultimate Breakup Survival Guide


We know this isn’t exactly news, but we’re going to say it anyway:

Breaking up can be hard. 

That’s right—hard, confusing, exhausting, dramatic, etc. Need we go on?

Probably not, because we’ve all either seen or felt it before. And while a little time and faith can heal all wounds, it doesn’t hurt to throw some fast-forward action into the mix. Hence—the ultimate breakup survival kit. We believe that when life hands you lemons (you know, the kind that doesn’t always open the door for you), there’s only one thing to do: Forget making lemonade. Go buy some chocolate.

So, to get you or a friend started on the path to personal recovery, we’ve laid out a few fave ingredients for an award-winning (well, it should be) breakup survival kit below.

1. Any movie that He-That-We-Do-Not-Speak-Of would have been likely to say this to:

Preferably of the rom-com and/or tearjerker variety. We personally recommend:



2. Oh, and since He-That-We-Do-Not-Speak-Of won’t be joining you…behold—the boyfriend pillow. 



3. Ice cream. Ice cream for days. 

The longer the name, the better. Here are a few flavors that probably wouldn’t even make it into our freezers…because our spoons are closer.



 4. Speaking of ice cream, these exist:


Yes…that is a sweater. For your ice cream.


5. Fun and vibrant nail polish. Especially if you look down at your nails (yes, it’s time) and you’re kind of like…

Oh, and feel free to reward yourself for all the trouble with a dainty and affordable set of midi rings, courtesy of Etsy.


Find it here.


Find it here.


6. A tear-free breakup playlist. Nothing sappy here, just a combination of the classics that will have you looking and feeling a lot like this: 

The playlist:

  • “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele
  • “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child
  • “Stronger” by Mandisa
  • “Learning to Breathe” by Switchfoot
  • “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift
  • “Jesus Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood
  • “Mama’s Broken Heart” by Miranda Lambert
  • “(There’s Gotta Be) More to Life” by Stacie Orrico
  • “Have Your Way” by Britt Nicole
  • “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor


7. You know what looks GREAT with a pair of headphones? This mug, full of hot cocoa: 


Find it here.

And this one:


Find it here.


8. But if you do nothing else… 


Find it here.


9. And of course, don’t forget the basics:

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In short?

You’re allowed to be disappointed. You’re even allowed to be a little angry—but only for some time. Because the sooner you remember that you are exceptional, that you are beautiful and that you are strong, the closer you are to this:


Well, something like that!

Have your own ideas for a Grade-A survival kit? Share them with us in the comments section below! 

Image: Lightstock | Tina Vanderlaan


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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by SoulSearcher on November 15, 2016 at 16:43

    Love this article! Really helps since i just broke up with my boyfriend of almost a year and a half on Saturday. I need to work on loving myself and finding my own happiness and building my relationship with God more. I’m a catholic but hardly go to church anymore. I haven’t since my grandpa passed 2yrs ago, i used to go weekly with him and my grandma but my grandma can’t drive and neither can i. Though i’m 19, i only have sight in one eye and i’m scared of other drivers

  2. billygirl88

    Posted by billygirl88 on March 15, 2016 at 20:27

    I love how you kept it lighthearted, instead of it saying, “haha, don’t cry and just deal with it” it’s all like, “Hey, we know you’ll cry, do here’s so ways to make a little joy flow through those tears.” 🙂

  3. Marcy

    Posted by Marcy on December 6, 2015 at 20:30

    I need the ice cream sweater. I don’t have a boyfriend, so no break up, I just need the ice cream sweater. 😀

  4. Luthien Tinuviel

    Posted by Luthien Tinuviel on December 6, 2015 at 08:40

    Well, I’ve never been in a breakup or even dated, but I’d definitely go for a Doctor Who or Sherlock marathon. Because those are two of my personal favorites and they are often very funny. Doctor Who has some really good parts, too. (and besides, Benedict Cumberbatch!!) A Lord of the Rings marathon might also be in order. I’d also go for strenuous hikes or something, and listening to music like what you guys suggested is definitely a good idea as well. I’d probably be baking up a storm because not only does mixing by hand or kneading dough really help release frustration and anger in a positive way, but you get yummy, fresh, warm treats afterwards!

  5. SweetAndChic

    Posted by SweetAndChic on March 31, 2015 at 12:24

    You could also try getting into shape afterwards. I did, and it made me feel better and took it off of my mind.

  6. USGIRL95

    Posted by USGIRL95 on March 18, 2015 at 13:12

    I rather not eat ice cream if a break up ever happens to me, watch movies, read sepctures,

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by allie1434 on February 22, 2015 at 22:46

    This is great:)

  8. caitlyn.amber

    Posted by caitlyn.amber on February 18, 2015 at 22:34

    LOVED THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Posted by Nicole on February 1, 2015 at 00:41

    This article is too good! Great job PI! 🙂

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Frogerkd on January 30, 2015 at 20:40

    Box of chocolate would be nice too!

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by Frogerkd on January 30, 2015 at 20:39

    Block him on social networking!

  12. kath660

    Posted by kath660 on January 29, 2015 at 23:42

    I wish I had this when I went through a break up! If I get my heart broken again, someone better knit me a sweater for my ice cream!! 😉

    • billygirl88

      Posted by billygirl88 on March 15, 2016 at 20:26

      It’s actually crochet, I do it and it’s a great stress reliever during “those days”. xD I highly recommend learning how to crochet, it’s way worth it!

  13. kellybarta14

    Posted by kellybarta14 on January 29, 2015 at 19:16

    Good article! Love the Timon gif! I have never even been in a relationship, but if someone ever breaks up with me, I will sure eat ice cream! 😉