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5 Tips For Surviving the Holidays When Your Heart Is Broken

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Are you looking forward to the holidays? No? If you’re healing a broken heart, the season of family gatherings and get-togethers can feel like something you need to survive rather than enjoy.

You may feel the only way to get through it all is is to hibernate under a fluffy blanket, but there are ways you can find happy moments even if you feel like the season shines a spotlight on your achy-breaky heart.  

Follow these 5 tips .

1. Isolate yourself in public.

Instead of wallowing in bed watching, “Once Upon A Time,” get up, put on some clean clothes, and take yourself out. Go to an Oscar-worthy movie (it’s the season for them), or sit with a cappuccino and your favorite book at a local coffee shop, or go check out a local art exhibit. Even if you don’t feel like being social, at least you’re mixing with other warm bodies (besides your Yorkie!).

2. Receive love and support from friends and family.

Many times we don’t talk about our breakup because we’re ashamed, embarrassed, or it’s just too painful to discuss. But talking about it can be the best therapy. When I was going through a painful divorce, I called up my brother and sister n’ law and asked if I could stay at their house for a couple of days. Just getting out of my own place with all the memories of my ex helped me break free of the cycle of hurt. So have a sleepover with a friend or family member and stay up late in your jammies, talking, drinking hot chocolate, and watching old Christmas movies. Accepting love and support from others goes a long way in healing a broken heart.

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Debra Rogers, Writer, Writing Coach

Author of He Did You A Favor, this Queen of Breakovers is your best girl expert in the school of love. With years of dating and break up experience, including one crushing break up at eight months pregnant (which evolved into a supportive divorce and loving friendship) – Debra’s earned her relationship MBA.

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