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Here are seven tips that will help you loosen the grip any Ex may have on you. The better you are at handling your Exes, the more space you’ll have to let new love into your life.
• Honesty: Honesty is the best policy. When it comes to Exes, this doesn’t mean telling them off or reminding them of what they did wrong. It’s the exact opposite.
It’s being honest with yourself about the strange cocktail of emotions that a break-up can trigger—anything from sadness to suffering, longing to jealousy.
If you’re unresolved in any way about your Ex, these underlying feelings can become unnecessary baggage in your dating life. Make an effort to be honest with yourself.
• No fault policy: Whether you feel like you were a victim or a volunteer with your Ex, it’s better not to place blame.
The more fixated you are on getting even, proving a point, or feeling vindicated, the less available you are to nurture warm, fuzzy feelings for someone else.
By lowering your pointer finger, you’ll find that you’re now free to hold hands with someone new.
• Clear boundaries: When your boundaries are clear, you can spend less time and energy protecting yourself. Draw lines in the sand with your Ex. Know your limits and be direct about what they are.
Then, you’ll be able to choose who gets under your skin and who stays at arm’s length.
• Be quiet: Talk less. Listen more. When you converse with your Ex, be willing to hear their requests and respond without getting defensive. If discussions don’t work, you may want to use email instead.
It’s easier to be clear and to avoid engaging in go-nowhere, exhausting conversations in writing. Writing (and reading) information in an email prevents you from reacting.
Don’t push their buttons. Don’t build your case. Don’t say things that will incite arguments. You might not hear love calling if you’re in a screaming match with your Ex.
• A new approach: Come on, if you keep playing the same old song, you keep dancing the same old dance. If your interactions with your Ex keep producing the same unsatisfying outcome, for goodness sake, try a different approach.
“We’re lousy at recognising when our normal coping mechanisms aren’t working. Our response is usually to do it five times more, instead of thinking, maybe it’s time to try something new.” Prepare an alternative (dare we say better) way for handling your Ex.
• False intimacy can be dangerous: While you don’t need to be overly guarded, sometimes part of having clear boundaries is not letting your Ex get too close to you.
Yes, that means physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. No, they cannot tuck you in when you’re sick. It’s over.
Too much intimacy with an Ex can be confusing to everyone. It can reignite old feelings that were better left snuffed out. More than anything, it distracts you from giving someone, anyone, a chance.
• Say goodbye: Saying goodbye to an Ex might be the most obvious thing yet it’s often the least common thing people do. Don’t walk down memory lane anymore. Don’t revisit old wounds and hurts. Don’t reengage.
If this person constantly reactivates bad feelings and brings out your worst self, it’s time to let them go for your sake as well as theirs. Just keep walking forward without looking back.
You deserve a second chance. To truly create an opportunity to meet your new love you need to focus your energy on moving on.
The love you’re looking for is ahead of you, not behind you. If you stay focused on the road beyond the windshield you’ll get there much sooner.
By Heather Belle