How to Heal a Broken Heart in 17 Different Ways

Man and woman. End of relationship. Human profile head in dialogue.

Losses and pivotal life changes can make us feel as if our world of familiarity and comfort is crumbling away beneath us, leaving us with a sense of emptiness and shaken emotional instability. However awful these times may seem, they can also offer us the gift of intimately knowing ourselves, and the opportunity to grow and learn. 

We are at our most vulnerable, our most creative, and in a sense, our most awake and alive during times of emotional pain. Our sensitivity is heightened, and although many of these feelings are extremely painful, our ability to experience this pain also leaves us open to the possibility of truly feeling everything the world has to offer. Excruciating suffering but also the promise of immense joy.

When we think of healing we often think of taking medications, receiving treatments, or long courses of therapy. We often overlook the importance of the little, comforting things we can do to help nurture ourselves through hard times. Like when an important relationship ends or a loved one passes away. These rituals and small comforts are powerful healing facilitators; we only need the courage to turn to them and to trust that we are on the right path.

Try These 17 Ways to Heal Heartbreak

  1. Journaling
  2. Talk to a professional
  3. Write a letter
  4. Confide in a family member or loved one
  5. Read a book or watch a movie
  6. Get artsy
  7. Treat yourself
  8. Self-care
  9. Letting go
  10. Try something new
  11. Get into nature
  12. Meditate
  13. Make plans
  14. Spend time with a pet
  15. Go with the flow
  16. Avoid social media
  17. Trust yourself


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