Right after a relationship ends, surviving a breakup might seem an impossible task.
It hurts so much, and it’s easy to think that you’ll never feel happy again.
It’s also easy to think that you might never find someone else. A good step to take when surviving a breakup is to start writing all these feelings down.
Journaling is something that millions of people do every day for a variety of reasons.
Some people have kept diaries since they were children.
At first they simply wrote down the important things that happened that day.
Many children’s diaries are just filled with little lists about what they did all day.
As people get older, their journals and diaries tend to become more introspective.
They write about an event and how it made them feel or what they thought it meant. Sometimes they write about how they think a certain event might affect them in the future.
Journaling or keeping a diary can help with surviving a breakup by giving you an outlet to express yourself.
You can write things down that you might be uncomfortable saying to someone else.
Embarrassing things or things that really upset you so much that you don’t really want to tell anyone can be “told” to your diary.
Many people never start journaling because they don’t think they know how.
But there really is no special way to do it.
You don’t have to have a special diary or journal to begin. You can write in a regular notebook or keep a file on your computer for your thoughts.
But you can purchase a special book to write in if you want. It can be as casual or as formal as you choose.
If it makes you happy, purchase a special journal with a pretty cover and fine paper inside. If not, grab a spiral notebook or open that file in your word processor and start a journal.
As you’re surviving a breakup, when you feel especially sad write about why you think that is and what you think you can do about it.
When you’re missing your ex, write about it. It’s okay to cry or feel upset while writing. In fact, it’s good to do so. You’re getting it out.
You don’t have to write in your journal every day.
You don’t have to start every entry “Dear Diary” or do it in any specific way. You might scrawl down one sentence, “I hate this!” and three days later write 5 pages of things you won’t miss about your ex and why you’re glad it’s over.
All of these are good for you.
Another way to use writing to help get over a relationship is to write a letter to your ex.
Write down everything you want to say to him or her, good and bad, and be brutally honest. Now that you’ve purged yourself, throw the letter away.
Surviving a breakup can be made easier by writing down and dealing with your feelings, so give it a try.
Also published on Medium.