My latest post is another article published for Tiny Buddha. I’ve talked a bit about breakup closure before, but in response to so many questions from clients and readers, this article dives deeper, looking at:
- What we mean by closure
- Why we need it so badly
- Why you’ll never get true closure by looking to your ex-partner
- How to reframe closure to acknowledge your progress and accept your feelings
Click to read the full piece over at Tiny Buddha to learn how to dispel some of the myths about what closure means, and how to get it for yourself
With love and support,
Are you feeling hurt and angry about the way you have been treated? If you feel you deserve some breakup karma, you’re not alone.
When someone treats us with disrespect or heartlessness, either during a relationship or through the process of a break-up, it is entirely natural to be left with a sense of bitterness and resentment.
Even if we’ve decided to refrain from negative dialogue or behaviour towards the ex-partner, it can be comforting to hold onto the belief that “karma will get them”. (more…)
How much has your soul been part of your breakup healing?
I’m not a traditionally religious person. In fact, I actively rejected what I felt were restrictive faith teachings as a teenager.
But I’ve always had a sense of something “bigger than me” working in my life. It’s available to give me support and guidance when I get quiet and listen for it. (more…)
Last week I saw a quote about breakup rejection which read:
“No person walking this earth is worth you sitting awake at 3am feeling like you aren’t enough”
And yet…as the rejected party this is what we do. We conclude that a person not wanting us, means that we are somehow lacking or unlovable.
Sometimes the ex-partner may have actually said these words. Sometimes it’s implied in their actions; if they have left for someone else or they meet someone new when the dust has barely settled on the relationship.
This post is not about judging anyone’s grounds for leaving a relationship . It’s about helping you, as the person who was left, to recognise that your worthiness was never determined by that relationship. Because when it comes to healing, it is vital to understand that it’s the meaning we give to the rejection that hurts more than actually being left. (more…)
Valentine’s day after a divorce can bring painful memories of happier times. Even if you were never a “Valentine’s Day person” it’s normal to feel a sense of loneliness on this most coupley of days, which emphasises the fact that you are alone and missing out on what everyone else seems to have.
Today, I’m not going to talk about how to get through February 14th because it’s something I’ve already covered in another post. Instead, I’m going to invite you to go deep on self-love.
It can be grating to read about self-love in a Valentine’s day post, when all you want is for somebody else to care for you. But I’m writing about it anyway because, even though it might not be the kind of love you want to receive today, it’s the most important of all, and learning to embrace it will bring you more happiness than any card, gift or romantic meal. (more…)
2020. It’s the year most people will be glad to see the end of and if you’ve been struggling with a break-up, even more so.
For most of us there will be no parties or big celebrations, so you can probably avoid the dread of seeing couples kiss at midnight. But the loneliness might be more palpable and it may still feel a bitter and painful night without the person you thought you’d be spending all your New Year’s Eves with.
The period leading up to a New Year is commonly a time for reflection and looking ahead, and this is never more poignant than when you’ve had an emotionally difficult year.
Here are 5 reminders of how to use this special time to your advantage and take the first steps to make the end of your relationship feel less like the end of your life. (more…)
My first Christmas post-break-up was emotionally tough; it was 10 months after my marriage had ended and the resurgence of grief took me by surprise. Special occasions can knock you off guard just when you think you are coping, and can be particularly cruel if they happen very close to the end of your relationship. The Christmas season, weddings, summer holidays – in fact any celebration which drives home expectations of “togetherness”can make you feel like an outsider, a failure or just really sad and low.
It can feel hard to turn to other people at this time of year; who wants to feel like the killjoy bringing down everyone’s happiness? From the other side it looks like everyone else’s life is perfect; meanwhile, you are desperately trying to avoid the “what are you doing for Christmas?” conversations or trying not to cry at the thought that you may not be with your children this year. (more…)
There’s no question that this time of year can be tough after a break-up. In my previous article about Christmas after heartbreak I talk about how to face the season and be kind to yourself.
This year I want to set a positive challenge to help make this period meaningful and uplifting for you, after what has most likely been a painful and challenging year. So I’m introducing your Feel Good Advent Calendar! (more…)
A Guest Post By Naomi Woodford
I was 18 years old when my parents divorced. I knew it was on the cards, it had been for many years and instead of feeling sad they had finally parted, I was so relieved my Mum had finally left my Father. I felt like I could breathe again.
From the age of 14, I remember begging my Mum to leave him. I could list a million reasons now to help you understand why I felt this way. He had a temper, would make mess in the house specifically for us to clear up, he only purchased essential, basic items for us, however, did not hesitate to spend a fortune on purchasing luxuries for himself. He was lazy and self-serving.
That is how I saw it – my perception. Looking back now, he was an emotional abuser, especially to our Mum and in the process, made me feel like we had to earn our keep for him to acknowledge our existence. We simply survived our childhood but having each other made it bearable and, at times, I was happy. And best of all, we had our Mum. She was my best friend, and I was hers.
It was difficult for her though. She had the 6 of us to take care of and being that she was so submissive, she struggled to even contemplate the idea of leaving, let alone seeking the resources to go. (more…)
I had a question recently come up in my Facebook group about rebound relationships which went along the lines of “how long after a break-up is a new relationship considered rebound?“
There was so much to to explore from that question, that today I wanted to share all of my thoughts on the subject.
Defining a rebound relationship
Rebound relationships happen when you start dating following a break-up, before you are emotionally ready. I believe it’s considered a rebound when you:
- Move into a relationship to fill a void in your life. You feel your life is lacking without a partner and you can’t be alone.
- Need another relationship to distract yourself from feeling the emotions of the break-up, or from doing the personal growth work you know you need to do in order to be happy with your life.
I don’t believe that rebound relationships are necessarily sought out deliberately. You might think you are ready. You may simply meet someone who it feels good to be around, and think “what’s wrong with feeling happy after what I’ve been through?”
But is it too soon?