How to Stay Happy and Healthy After a Breakup

Don’t let some douche get you down. Here are five ways to seize the (happy) days ahead.


When I caught my last boyfriend cheating on me (with a Hooters waitress, no less!), I was crushed. How could he do this? Doesn’t he value my feelings more than a tawdry fling with some tramp? Clearly not. What a dolt. Anyhow, I soon learned that there’s no sense trying to make sense of crazy. Let crazy be crazy and stay far, far away.

How to Stay Happy and Healthy After a Breakup

I didn’t come to that conclusion quickly though. After that breakup, I stayed indoors for way too long wondering about my own worth in the eyes of men. What a waste of time. Now, I know that enduring a breakup or divorce can obviously be an incredibly emotional and exasperating time. Whether you’ve parted with a partner of several years or several months, it’s likely you’ve been feeling blue and rather uninspired.

Though it can hard to accept that one chapter of your life has come to a close, remember that new and exciting times await you. Take control of your story and reinvent yourself post-breakup by revisiting an old hobby, signing up for a language class, or exploring an extreme sport. Whatever your interests, get out there and celebrate them.

To help embrace your newfound freedom, he’s a list of activities that helped me get back out there and seize the day:

How to Stay Happy and Healthy After a Breakup

Embrace Your Inner Wanderlust

Now that you have the opportunity to create your own itinerary, it’s time you embrace your inner wanderlust. Whether you plan to travel solo, or you’ve corralled the ladies for an adventurous road trip. Whip out that travel bucket list you’ve been neglecting and get ready to start crossing off some destinations. Another way to see the sites while also saving money is to embark on a solo cruise. The coordinated stops of cruise lines offer a wide variety of ambiances and experiences — from exploration to romance, rest and relaxation. Ask yourself what you’re hoping to achieve by traveling, be it enrichment, education or just simply adventure.

How to Stay Happy and Healthy After a Breakup

Foster Your Friendships

Beat the loneliness and fill that hole you feel by spending time with your best friends. There are plenty of scientific studies showing that being around close friends not only makes people happy, but is the key to living a long and healthy life. And who better than your bestie to tell you that he wasn’t worth your time in the first place? Deep down you always knew you were too good for him — why not surround yourself with others who agree with you?

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Reader Discussion: 179 Comments

  1. Avatar of Lois Cisneros

    Lois Cisneros

    Breakups aren’t the end of the world guys. It’s a start of something new. Sometimes, relationships end because God knows you deserve something better. Heartbreaks shouldn’t even be called heartbreaks, because in the end your heart is still whole and it still functions. Basically it just means that you shouldn’t act like you’re missing a part of a whole because YOU ARE WHOLE. You’re not a half. YOU ARE A WHOLE. We don’t really need other people to make us feel better about ourselves.

  2. Avatar of Brandee More

    Brandee More

    You’ll find love in all the places and activities that the article discussed. Whether it’s with traveling, fostering animals, new hobbies, or any other new places– you’ll definitely feel like a new person that didn’t go through a breakup.

  3. Avatar of Phyllis Nichols

    Phyllis Nichols

    There’s so much love in this world that you haven’t experienced yet. If you do the things said in this article, I think it can really help you appreciate life in general.

  4. Avatar of Emma Martinez

    Emma Martinez

    No man is worth your tears especially if he cheated on you. Don’t ever blame yourself for anything because the reasons on why he cheated are invalid and it’s his own doing.

  5. Avatar of Thelma Brooks

    Thelma Brooks

    I really believe in that saying that you should really love yourself first (and more) above other people. In the end it’s just you that you’ve got. I mean, even those who are married should still have their individualities. If by any chance that things end, you’ll be alright.

  6. Avatar of Glenda Reed

    Glenda Reed

    I’ve experienced a lot of breakups in my lifetime and it never got easy. The only thing I knew is that the moment I started to take care of myself and give value to my existence more, the more I also felt better.

  7. Avatar of Sharon Schultz

    Sharon Schultz

    We all deserve to be happy even after experiencing something like this. This is a great list of things that people can do to be happy regardless of what happened. Divorce, breakup, or whatever.

  8. Avatar of Erma Duncan

    Erma Duncan

    Don’t be afraid of getting help. Talking to someone can be a great way to let go of some built-up emotions.

  9. Avatar of Melissa Ryan

    Melissa Ryan

    Becoming stronger after a breakup requires a balance between thinking with your brain and your heart.

  10. Avatar of Sally Cox

    Sally Cox

    If you are going through a breakup , know that life gets so much better.

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