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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:

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

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    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.

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     4. Speaking of ice cream, these exist:

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    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.

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    Find it here.

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    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: 

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    Find it here.

    And this one:

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    Find it here.

     

    8. But if you do nothing else… 

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    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:

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    Well, something like that!

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

    14 COMMENTS

    1. 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!

    2. 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. 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

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