Breaking up is the Worst. It feels like you can't breathe, like you lost a best friend, like you'll never get out from under the weight of the sadness you feel. Emo songs, sappy rom-coms and friend sympathy sessions can help. So can these ideas: The I Will Survive Kit at modcloth ($13, pictured) comes with affirmation cards, healing bandages and a remedy booklet, plus a lifelike heart charm. Yes, it's a little kitschy, but it's a perfect breakup gift for a BFF who's in pain, and it'll make you laugh (which is excellent medicine).
Avoiding what psychologists call "co-rumination" is kind of key. Of course you want to gather your friends for a pity party, and that's a good first step, but don't have more than one or two group rehashing sessions or you could wind up feeling worse. Reliving every relationship slight over Facebook and bashing your ex online can actually lead to more negative feelings, so make sure you keep the conversation focused on how you can move on.
And remember: We've all been there. That's why there are so many sad love songs that hurt so good. Focus on all the things that are right with your world, and you'll be happy again soon -- we promise.
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