You don’t need me to tell you that the end of a romantic relationship is rough. Even under the most amicable, "we've just grown apart" circumstances, breakups and divorces cause people non-trivial amounts of emotional distress and are even associated with physical health issues for some.
So, what’s to be done? In this post, I'll discuss a few (although certainly not all) of the things social scientists have identified as important in helping individuals recover from the loss of a relationship. Specifically, I wanted to focus on things you can do to take care of yourself after a relationship ends.
When relationships end, people tend to be very hard on themselves. They often replay the last few weeks or months of the failed coupling and think about all of the things they could or should have done differently.