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.


Nature’s Healing Powers

There’s no time like the present to take up an outdoor hobby. Take advantage of the natural healing properties of gardening, which can lower depression and improve mood and balance. If you’re looking for something with a bit more punch, learn about your local water sports. Paddle boarding, kayaking, and jet skiing are all exciting ways to embrace the outdoors. If you’d rather stick to land, map out some of your city’s popular hiking trails. Not only does this activity offer fresh air and scenic views, it also inspires heart-pumping exercise and increases your body’s production of endorphins, the feel good chemical. You could also try checking out some exercise-related meetups or local events.

How to Stay Happy and Healthy After a Breakup

Become a Foster Mom

If you’re feeling lonely and in need of a loving companion, get involved with your local animal shelter and become a foster mom. All over the country, thousands of dogs and cats are desperate for homes and affection. Give back to your community and make a difference by taking in a temporary pet. You’ll appreciate the distraction from your worries and you’ll feel good knowing you’re helping an otherwise homeless, lonely pet. Who knows, your temporary arrangement could prove to be a lasting friendship!

How to Stay Happy and Healthy After a Breakup

Find Your Center

Sometimes what you really need after a breakup is some quiet time to heal and regroup. Perhaps now is your chance to explore an alternative career trajectory, or consider relocating to a new part of town or even a new state. Use this time to pinpoint all the things you want out of life, and then create a game plan.

Another way to get centered is to take up yoga and master the art of meditation. Not only can meditation help to you to get happy again, but both yoga and meditation help to manage stress and weight gain. Sounds like a win-win to me!

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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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