When you are in a serious relationship with a boyfriend, it can sometimes feel like you are giving a part of your soul over to them. You are trusting that person to be careful with it, to ensure that it is protected at all times. When the person decides it is best to break up, you will probably be left with an empty feeling and thoughts of will I ever get over my ex boyfriend.

Let me give you my expert, quick answer to your query of how you move on from losing your ex boyfriend!

Moving on and getting over your ex boyfriend has little to do with forgetting him, but rather it largely revolves around discovering yourself in ways you never realized could be found.

Later, I am going to show you 10 Ways to Put Your Ex Boyfriend Out of Your Mind.  Out of mind, out of sight, right!

But I know its not that easy. I can’t tell you how many women I have heard from.  They describe how horrible they feel about their breakup. They say things like:

“I feel so horrible I haven’t eaten in three days.”

“I can’t even focus or think without it hurting.”

“My life is over..”

There Are Lots of Situations That Result in You Needing To Move On

Your ex boyfriend may have left you hanging on to an emotional thread, leaving you to ask:

  • How do I get over my cheating ex boyfriend?
  • What if we are both teenagers and don’t know how to get over this pain?
  • Is there a way for me to get clear of and away from an abusive boyfriend?
  • I am ready to get over my stupid ex boyfriend but he just won’t let me forget the good times we had.
  • What do you do when you can’t get over your long term ex bf?
  • Will I learn to forget my ex boyfriend who dumped me? It just doesn’t seem fair because I have to see him everyday and its tearing me up inside.
  • How soon should you move on after a breakup?  Should I be looking for closure?

Later, I will provide you with some insights into each one of these recovery questions and more.

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When Can You Be Sure It’s Time to Get Over Your Attachment To Your Ex?

There is no doubt in my mind that nothing (and I mean nothing) affects you as emotionally as a breakup. Ex Boyfriend Recovery is fast becoming known as one of the most insightful websites online teaching women how to get their ex boyfriends back. However, sometimes there are certain situations that are impossible to fix such as:

  • An ex bf who dumps you over and over again.
  • You should move forward after a breakup when your boyfriend has cheated on you multiple times.
  • Forget about your ex if he says no to commitment but yes to sex.
  • Its time to get over him when he repeatedly tells you he doesn’t love you.
  • You should move on when your ex boyfriend tells you he is wants to see other girls.
  • Hang it up and find another guy if your ex ridicules you in public (the zero tolerance breakup rule).
  • If you have dumped your ex boyfriend twice, its likely the third break up is on the horizon.  So don’t repeat the same mistake.
  • Say no to your ex boyfriend’s verbal and emotional abuse by walking away and not looking back.

In all these situations, it’s important you learn more about what you need to do to move forward.

I realize a part of you may hold out hope your man will change his ways. But I think it is important to remember that if your guy is doing any of the things listed above, the relationship is in big trouble.  So no matter how broken up you may be feeling right now, just know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I am going to help you find that light so you can land on your feet.

I plan on being your guide to it ;).

Are You Really Over Him?

This whole process starts with you being honest with yourself.  Ask yourself if you are over him.

I am betting you are not. It’s OK if you are not. That’s normal.  The girls I worry about are those who think they are just fine and are fully recovered.

Virtually everyone who visits this website isn’t over their ex yet. With this page I am going to show you the things you need to do to set aside the past history with your ex boyfriend and embrace a better future.

HOWEVER,

I also do want to point out that once you start the steps that I outline on this page there is no going back.

I like to look at it like this.

If you are ready to move on from this painful phase of your life, then this Guide will pretty much do the trick for you. Of course, if there is still a doubt, a hungering that maybe you and your ex boyfriend have some unfinished business, then feel free to read on because if you are wrong, then you will want to know what you will need to do to personally recover.

Now, on the other hand, if you do need some help in resurrecting the relationship with your ex bf,  then you will want to check out my E-Book, Ex Boyfriend Recovery PRO. It is a fabulous  step by step Guide.

Two Main Ways of Moving On

When I was brainstorming this page, I had a lot of ideas.

Some of them were good, some of them had problems and a lot of them will probably make you cringe.

In the end, I decided that the best way to set this page up was to divide it up into two separate categories.

Why would I do this?

Well, moving on from an ex boyfriend can sometimes be very complex. Every situation is unique and will require different actions. With that being said, the two categories I am about to cover with you should cover about 90% of the breakup situations.

(Disclaimer: If there happens to be a strange situation that you can’t move on from just leave a comment and you and I can work together on it 🙂 .)

I bet you are dying to hear about the two categories!

Category 1: How To Move On From Your Ex Boyfriend (Without Looking Back)

Category 2: How To Move On From Your Ex Boyfriend (While Still Being Friends)

Each of the two categories will require a somewhat different “plan of action”.  One approach is intended to put physical and emotional distance from your ex boyfriend on a more permanent basis.  This is what works for most girls in the long run, but getting there is undeniably more difficult to pull of, but is necessary for you to be completely over him.

The second category is more situational, allowing you to maintain a relationship, provided that the two of you are mature enough and have the right constitution to pull this off.  Not everyone is cut out to end things, yet still be friends.  These two things don’t always mix well after an ugly break.

5 Critical Ways To Move On From Your Ex Boyfriend (Without Looking Back)

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What does this mean?

Getting over the pain without looking back?

Well, in this section we are going to be discussing exactly what you can do to move on with your life leaving no sign of your ex boyfriend.  Well, technically, some memories will linger, but you know what I mean!

Your breakup may have been long in coming.  Things may have gotten toxic with your ex boyfriend and if you waited any longer, more emotional damage would have accumulated, lengthening your recovery period.

In Category 1, you may have so hurt by him that you are ready to erase him from your mind or the breakup circumstance is such that you feel no need to be friends with him ever again.

I will say that I have found most women opt for category 2, being friends with your ex. I understand and respect that decision. However, there is something about women who opt for Category 1 that I think is amazing. Maybe it is because I run a site where I get questions all day long about how to get an ex boyfriend back. It is true that I probably see women at their most emotional peak where some have no control over what they are doing or thinking, they are simply acting on impulse.

And I am totally use to that.

But when I see a woman take control and basically say:

“I don’t need him anymore.  I am through with this toxic man and am ready to forget he ever existed”.

I literally sit there in awe.

In fact, it is women like this who typically get their exes to come back begging for them.

If you plan on cutting your ex out of your life forever follow the steps laid out in this section. Bear in mind though, once you step down this path you are accepting that you don’t want him back ever and he doesn’t even deserve to be in your life anymore.

1. Think In Terms of a Year Long of No Contact

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This section is going to be controversial and when I say controversial I mean REALLY controversial. But that is ok, I kind of want it like that. I do want to say that just because I say something on here doesn’t mean you have to do it. In the end, the final decision is always yours.

What I propose is if you want to clear your ex boyfriend from your mind and really get over him and move forward after the breakup, then you need to fully commit and not look back. 

You know what the no contact rule is right? Well, if you have read any of my articles then you should because I talk about it a lot. Essentially the no contact rule is something I recommend doing if you want an ex boyfriend back. I put a 30 day limit to it. That means that after 30 days are up, you are allowed to contact your ex.

Now, this begs an interesting question.

Is there any place for a no contact rule when it comes to getting over your ex?

You bet your butt there is.

In fact, I would say that if you want to get over your ex boyfriend then no contact is essential. OK, now that you know that no contact is going to be a cornerstone of your plan to properly getting over an ex boyfriend, the question becomes:

How long do you stay in long term NC?

I thought about this a lot. At first I thought “well six months should be enough.” But then I got to thinking about my own personal relationships and found that I wasn’t truly over them until about a year after they were completed. So, based on my own experience of when I was truly passed the pain of a soured relationship, I am going to recommend that you consider a year long no contact period.

That means for the next year, starting today, you are going to enter into a not contact period with your ex. It really is important that you cut him out of your life this way if you want to get over him forever.

Why a year though?

Truthfully, I wanted to tell you to never contact him again. However, experience has taught me that in certain cases it is never good to burn any bridges. Now, while I will concede that cutting someone out of your life for an entire year may seem like burning a bridge and maybe technically it is “burning a bridge”, the idea is you are saving yourself.

OK!  OK!

If you can’t handle a whole year, then think of doing it for at least 6 months.  And if it it makes you feel better, (it might not), you can make your ex aware that this is what you are doing and its for YOU and your recovery.  If he can’t understand or support this, then well, that is the problem right there, isn’t it?  That is why you want to wash him out of your mind.

Oh, I can’t wait to see the comments for this! Controversy, YAY!

2. Be Prepared To Execute The Ex Boyfriend Cleanse Out Of Your Life

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So what kind of things remind you of your ex boyfriend that you should wash out of your life?

  • Pictures in your phone
  • Gifts
  • Clothes
  • Blocking of social media accounts
  • Their favorite foods
  • Get rid of their cologne
  • Favorite music

It’s amazing how all this “stuff” seems to pile up when you are in a relationship with someone. While this “stuff” may seem innocent the truth is that anything and I mean ANYTHING that reminds you of your ex boyfriend needs to go. So, if he has your stuff make sure you call him to get it back and likewise, if you have his stuff make sure you give it back.

(IMPORTANT: You ARE allowed to break the Year Long NC Rule in this case to give your ex their things back (or to get yours) but this is the only case where you are allowed to break NC in this instance.)

I like to call this the Ex Boyfriend Cleanse. Think of it like a cleansing ritual where you are letting him go once and for all. By getting rid of all the things that have accumulated over your time together you are essentially telling yourself that you are ready to move on with your life and you don’t need him anymore and this is completely ok. There is nothing wrong with feeling like that.

Oh, just in case you need some more reminders of things to get rid of, I have listed some more ESSENTIAL things that has to happen during the ex boyfriend cleanse.

  • Trash all of your physical pictures with your ex boyfriend (all of them.)
  • Delete ALL of your couple photos on Facebook (or any other popular social media sites) showing you and your ex (once again, all of them.)
  • Any letters that your ex may have written to you make sure you burn/throw away.
  • Obviously, you should return your exes things as well (don’t throw them away.) As I stated above you are allowed to break the Year Long NC for this.

3. Prepare Yourself  For the Fork In The Road

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Choice..

Up or down? Left or right?

Breakups are defined by choices. For example, someone can be unhappy in a relationship and face two choices. That person can either stay and try to work on things or choose to break up with their partner. I think you will find I have a very interesting perspective on breakups in general. You see, my perspective is completely different from yours for one specific reason.

I am not down in the trenches like you are. Since you are reading this website you are probably feeling the emotional fallout from your most recent breakup. Here is the thing though, I am not feeling any emotional fallout from your breakup. I am more like an overseer. That gives me an interesting perspective on breakups and allows me to see things that you wouldn’t think of.

Make The Right Choice To Move On

Take for example the “fork in the road” theory.

Through Ex Boyfriend Recovery I have interacted with thousands of women. Through these interactions I get to experience thousands of different relationships and breakups. One thing that I have learned occurs with a breakup is that the person (in the trenches) experiences a fork in the road and doesn’t even realize it.

Even if you embark on your journey to heal yourself and put your ex boyfriend in the rear view mirror, eventually thoughts of him will slip up on you in the side view mirror.

That fork in the road will spawn another fork in the road and so on and so forth. Ultimately, a domino effect of thousands of different choices or “forks in the road” will occur. How YOU choose to go about every fork in the road will define where you end up romantically in the future.

Since you are reading these words I know you are interested in getting over your ex boyfriend. You have already made a choice on your first major fork in the road and didn’t even realize it. You were faced with two choices after your breakup with your ex boyfriend:

  1. Do I try to get him back?
  2. Do I move on and try to get over him?

You obviously chose to move on and get over him. Now that you are on that path you are about to be faced with another fork in the road. Luckily, I caught you before you made your final decision on this next fork. You are going to be faced with two choices very soon and what you choose to do is going to be essential in your recovery process from your ex. The fork in the road that you are facing right now at this very moment is:

  1. Do I try to get over him by doing unhealthy things (that will only make me feel better in the moment?)
  2. Do I try to get over him by doing healthy things (that will make me feel better in the long run?)

Now, I gave you the correct answer to the fork in the road above if you want to get over your ex in the long term. However, me telling you what to do and you actually doing it are two entirely different things.

4. Get Over Your Ex Bf in the Healthy Way

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I promise you one thing, this isn’t going to be easy. There are going to be times where you will be tempted to contact your ex during your year long no contact. In fact, I have had a lot of women contact me and tell me that going through something as short as a 30 day no contact period is like going through withdrawal (and they are only doing it for 30 days, you have to do it for a year.)

In this section we are going to be focusing more on what YOU need to do during the year long no contact period to properly get over your ex boyfriend. But first, I thought it might be interesting to show you some of the behaviors to avoid.

Unhealthy Ways To Get Over An Ex Boyfriend

The following behaviors are some of the big “No-No’s” that I see women fall into after a breakup. Now, I am going to be giving you a list to go by below, but I will also expand on them after that:

  • Overeating.
  • Drinking too much.
  • Going on the rebound.

Overeating

You let yourself go…. He broke your heart and you broke your pants button.

(Sorry if that offended anyone but I just have always wanted to say that before haha.)

Usually I tell women not to let themselves go, because most men don’t like having a girlfriend who doesn’t care. However, your situation is different since you have accepted that all you want to do here is to move on from your ex. I am telling you not to let yourself go in this case for your own emotional health. You are at another fork in the road (yes, I pulled out the analogy again.) You can let the breakup beat you OR you can beat it.

Drinking Too Much

Do you like Star Wars?

No? 🙁

It’s ok, most women I know don’t.

Well, in star wars there is a famous line that the little green Jedi Yoda says:

Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.

In this case I am going to kind of steal from Master Yoda for a little bit:

Breakups lead to DRINKING. Drinking leads to being drunk. Being drunk leads to drunk dialing

I have literally heard hundreds of stories about drunk dialing. Some of them really hurt your chances to get an ex back and some didn’t. However, we aren’t talking about that here. Instead, we are looking at how drunk dialing can affect your progress in getting over your ex and rebuilding your self esteem.  Not worth dragging yourself down that path.

Going On The Rebound

What? You thought only guys did this? No, women do this too.

While there are always exceptions to every rule, I have found that women, when it comes to getting over someone, require more time than men. I asked my friend’s girlfriend how long she thinks it takes a girl to get over a long relationship and date again. She told me that to get over it and be ready to date again, it would take the amount of time that relationship lasted.

So, her estimation is that if a relationship lasted 6 months it would take 6 months to get over it. I am not sure I agree with this formula. Lets take a couple who dated for 8 years. You are telling me that for the next 8 years after that relationship ended the girl wouldn’t date anyone? She wouldn’t be ready? EIGHT YEARS REALLY?

For the next hour, she and I debated about  the definition of a rebound relationship. Our conclusions were different but I will tell you mine:

Rebound Relationship- A relationship starting at least 2 months after a breakup and lasting for only a few weeks or months.

“Ok, that’s great Chris but how does this help us understand why you shouldn’t have a rebound relationship?”

Man, you guys are picky.. Geesh..

A rebound relationship will impede your progress in truly getting over your ex. It will do little for you and probably some set you back. In fact, it often ADDS TO THE PROBLEMS you are having emotionally.

There is a certain addictive quality in being close to someone. Take that away, like a drug addict, you can go into withdrawal.  So be careful where your impulses might take you.

Besides, you don’t want to use somebody to make yourself feel better. It’s bad karma.

5. Confront The Truths About Moving Past The Memories of Your Ex Boyfriend

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In this section I am going to give you a game plan that you can follow to get over your ex in a healthy way. You already know what not to do, so avoiding those behaviors will help you a lot. But it’s really not enough, you need more.

There is one truth that I have personally experienced when it comes to getting over someone who you were in a relationship with. The greatest medicine is time!

No matter how many things you do to get over him, you won’t truly get over him until you reach deep into your soul and to do that successfully, you need the benefit of time.

Each person is different. Some people can get over someone in a matter of months, others can sometimes take years. I wish I had a chart that I could give you to tell you exactly how long it will take to get over your ex but I don’t. It is an impossible thing to measure.

Now, while I do admit that nothing can help you get over an ex more than time, there are things that you can do that can speed up the process. That is what I am going to be covering below. Here are the things I recommend doing to speed up the ex recovery process:

  • Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself.
  • Get Fitness.
  • Get Social.
  • F.E.A.R

Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself

I am going to be mean for a minute here but it has to be done.

If you are trying to get over your ex boyfriend and are committed to doing so then I want you to stop whining. I don’t want to hear how he wronged you or how you wronged him. There is only one time where I think it is OK to feel sorry for yourself and that is literally the day after the breakup or when you made a decision to drop your ex boyfriend out of your life.

Here is what I want you to do. It will be therapeutic.  Just cry it out.  Scream it out.  Let the tears flow.  Get it out.  It all won’t leave you, but some of it will and you will feel so much better for shedding some of your sadness.  Don’t hold it in.  It has to come out.

After that I don’t want to hear your complaints.

As you know, I deal with a lot of women on a daily basis. Some guys may look at that as a dream.

“I mean, hundreds of women trying to ask for YOUR help.”

If I am being completely honest, it was kind of cool at first.  But it can get frustrating!

I mean, I just wish you ladies would listen to me! I tell you to do (thing A) to move on, by golly, give it a try!

Once your exorcise some of that pain holding up inside you, the other things you will need to do will come easier.

Getting Fit Physically Helps you with Your Emotional Fitness!

The above “tactic” (stop feeling sorry for yourself) was really kind of a mean pep talk. This tactic is actually a real tactic. Remember the fork in the road? Well, one fork in the road that women are faced with all the time is the “fitness” fork in the road.

“Do I let myself go?”

or

“Do I take action and get in the best shape of my life?”

I want  you to repeat this motto three times every single day.  This is sorta a phase you will naturally go through, so throw it into your workouts. Now, a word of caution.  You can’t recover for good if you live with anger.  Eventually, you will need to part with these kinds of thoughts. But if you need a little pep talk for your first few workouts, try this a few times to get your juices flowing.

  • I will make ex boyfriend regret the breakup.
  • I will make him realize that he really screwed up.
  • I will make my ex bf obsess about having me again, but he won’t.

Look at this fitness section as a way that you can improve physically. To become the hottest version of yourself.

Now, I just thought of an interesting point.

Why am I telling you to think of making him regret the breakup when I want you move on from him?

Simple, sometimes in order to get in a better place physically you have to use your breakup as fuel. I will elaborate. Being more active when it comes to fitness is not always easy. There are going to be days where you just want to curl up in a ball on your bed and just tell everyone and everything to leave you alone.

Use your breakup as motivation to better yourself. Use it as a way to become a better person. My goal for you is that down the road in a couple of years you look back on your relationship with this person and say “Because of him and what he did to me, I became a better person. That was the best relationship I ever had.”

Get Social

If you haven’t already noticed from my silly Yoda reference above I am a bit of a nerd. One of my favorite series of movies to watch is the dark knight trilogy (Batman, hey some kids never grow up 😉 .) In the third installment of the series, The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne is a recluse at the beginning of the movie. Now, if I was consulting him on how to get over an ex, I would have slapped him upside the head.

It is a common problem, women becoming recluses after breakups.

DO NOT DO THIS!

What happens when you are alone? Well, you get lonely. When you get lonely what happens? Well, you call up your ex “feeling sorry for yourself.”

First off, you aren’t supposed to have any contact with your ex for a year so already you messed up and there is no way you can get over him if your mind is constantly on him. It is time to put that period of your life behind you. Now is the time for you to get social!

I want you to go out with your friends. I want you to make new friends. I want you to do things that are OUTSIDE your comfort zone. Lets talk a little about that now.

Doing things outside your comfort zone is the scariest thing in the world to some people and I don’t understand why. I like to compare it to riding a scary roller coaster. You stand in line, really nervous, watching people go on this roller coaster. The closer you get the more your heart beats. The second you get in the roller coaster you begin to doubt yourself and then BAM!

In the blink of an eye the ride is over, your getting out of the car and you and your best friend look at each other and say “LETS DO THAT AGAIN!!!”

It all has to do with the fear of uncertainty. That fear of not knowing what will happen to you in the future or how you will feel about it. That is why people resist going outside their comfort zone. However, experience has taught me something that I think you will find interesting.

The most complete people I have ever met were the ones who figured out how to push that uncertainty out of the way and step outside their comfort zone. They gained a lot of interesting experiences and became more complete human beings. I want that for you!

Which Kind of F.E.A.R. Will Your Embrace?

I alluded to it above when I talked about the fear of uncertainty. Fear lives in all of us. Even I have ridiculous fears that are still with me. Interested in hearing about a few?

I get nervous any time I talk to a really pretty girl. Yup, as talkative and conversational as I am there are times where I can be in front of a girl and freeze up because I have a fear of what this girl is thinking about me. Heck, I have even been too scared to talk to a girl who I have had a crush on. Now, most guys probably wouldn’t admit that to you but I want you to realize that everyone in this world is carrying fears around with them.

After a breakup you are going to face another fork in the road ;). This one has to do with Fear. You are going to have to choose between two paths.

Face Everything And Run

or

Face Everything And Rise

People who choose to run away from their fears tend to exhibit the unhealthy ways of getting over a breakup that I talked about before. They will drown their sorrows with alcohol, meaningless sex, countless rebound relationships and let themselves go in the process.

People who choose to face their fears are the ones who can get over an ex in a healthy and timely way. So, lets lay all of our cards on the table here. What you are really afraid of is that you are going to end up alone right? Maybe you are afraid that no one you date really loves you? They just wants to use you for sex? Perhaps it is the fact that you have low self esteem?

Whatever your fears are I want you to face them. I want you to look fear in the eye and give him the finger (fear is definitely a guy by the way.) This is a time to get strong by facing those fears AND DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. You see, it isn’t enough to just face your fears. You need to take positive action AFTER you face it.

Examples:

  • If you are afraid you are going to end up alone I want you to take a massive action and go out and date more people when you are ready. Don’t let your breakup with your ex affect you to the point where you actually believe this non sense of “No one loves me.”
  • If you are afraid that guys just want to use you for sex, then maybe you need to sit back and rethink your selection of men. There are some good ones out there, you just need to choose them.
  • If you have low self esteem, then I want you to work on becoming more confident. Look confident, act confident, feel confident. Fake it if you have to.  That really works by the way.

3 Critical Steps To Take in Order To Move On From Your Ex Boyfriend (While Still Being Friends)

why can't we be friends

Well that last section was long wasn’t it?

I promise you that this one will be shorter. So, all of the information from this point on will be aimed at giving you a strategy to getting over your ex while still remaining friends with him.

I really included this section because I know there are a lot of moms out there that can’t just cut their ex out of their lives forever (because of their children.) In addition to that there will always be women who want to remain friends with their ex because it is the right thing to do.

Hey, no judging here, I am just doing my best to help.

1. Recognize That You Walk A Fine Line

You are about to walk a very fine line.

On the one hand you want to be friends with your ex. On the other hand as long as you are friends with him the door is always there for a reunion. This simple fact complicates things and makes it harder to truly move on from a boyfriend.

So, the real riddle we are trying to solve here is:

How can you successfully move on from an ex boyfriend when the friendship door is always open for a possible reconnection?

Well, being successful is pinching yourself and making sure you understand that this is not going to be easy.  Be prepared to take the other path if this approach is causing you pain.

2. Define The New Relationship

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The trick to answering the question I posed above is to set specific boundaries when it comes to you and your ex boyfriend.

By now you should already realize that being friends with your ex can complicate things when it comes to moving on from him. The trick to avoiding complicating things is to define your new relationship with him.

Here is a list of things that you need to avoid if you want to properly define your new relationship with him.

  • NO SEX
  • No kissing OF ANY KIND
  • No (extended) long hugs
  • Do not tell him you love him.
  • Do not tell him you miss him.
  • Don’t go on double dates with your ex boyfriend

When you do talk to him in person or over text message, I want you to make it clear to him that you are friends and nothing more. Seriously, say “We are friends and that is all we will ever be.”

Make sure he is aware of how your new relationship is defined.

3. Is There A Place For No Contact?

dont talk to me

Another intriguing question!

There is a lot going on here and a lot of factors to consider. For one, you have already made a conscious choice to attempt to get over your ex. At the same time you want to be friends with your ex and an extended no contact rule could potentially harm your chances of making that happen. Also, what if there are kids involved?

How does no contact factor in then?

Ok, lets take this really slowly because this is kind of important.

Right now, your number one priority isn’t “what is he thinking?” It is to heal from the breakup. Essentially in this case it is ok to be a little selfish and not think of your exes feelings. After all, this isn’t even about his well being it’s about yours.

I am going to recommend that you enter into a no contact period for 60-90 days. That means I don’t want you to talk to your ex in any way shape or form.  You can tell him what you are doing and he may still get mad. Heck, he probably will, but you know what? Who cares? I don’t and you shouldn’t either.  What kind of friend might he be if he can’t support your self recovery efforts.

It’s probably his own fault that he pushed you to this. Besides, now is the time to focus on YOU getting to a better place in your life and you can’t do that by constantly worrying about him.

If you have kids with your ex, your no contact situation is a little different. Obviously you can’t just disappear off the map for 3 months. So, here is what I want you to do. I want you to enter into a limited contact period.

What is limited contact?

Well, that is pretty simple. It is similar to no contact except with a few difference. On occasion you will be allowed to break out of the no contact period is if you, your ex,  or your child has an emergency that you have to absolutely talk to your ex about or if there are pressing financial issues or other matters that pertain to your joint responsibilities.

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6 Frequently Asked Questions Regarding How To Get Over Your Ex Boyfriend

1. How soon should I move on after my breakup with my ex boyfriend?

In most cases, your decision to permanently move on should not be made until some passage of time.  Breakups happen very frequently in relationships and the causes are many.  Give yourself and your ex time to process what has happened before making any firm decisions on how you want to proceed.  Perhaps the relationship still has potential.  Maybe it is doomed.  But arriving a decision soon after a breakup is impulsive and potentially damaging.

2. How do you forget about an ex boyfriend who says he still loves me?

Perhaps you don’t want to forget, quite yet.  As discussed above, you need to make sure you no longer love your ex or that you feel certain that the relationship is not what you want for your life, before you decide to put it permanently behind you.  Once you make that decision to move past the pain and hurt that accumulated in the relationship, know that the road is long and arduous.  It’s going to require a full commitment from you emotionally and physically.

3. How do I forget an ex that has moved on?  He gave up on me and I am not sure if I will ever stop loving him.

You man not feel at this moment that you won’t be able to get over this painful chapter in your life, but you will.  There are multiple things you can do to help yourself with the pain in the short term and several things you can do over the long run that will help you bounce back from the feelings of rejection you are experiencing now.  Remember, ex recovery isn’t necessarily about getting your old boyfriend to love your again or love you more.  The process I teach helps you with learning how to heal yourself and that will take a commitment you make to yourself.

4. I was dumped unceremoniously by my ex and feel utterly embarrassed.  All I want is to forget.  How do I put those memories out of my mind?

I advise my clients that when they are filled to the brink with pain and bad memories of an awful breakup episode, they should go some place private and just physically and emotionally let it all hang out.  Whether that means you punch a bag for 30 minutes, while hollering and screaming, or just let loose with the longest sobbing episode of your life, the key is you have to exorcise these demons. One way or another, this lump of pain in your body has to get out.  You won’t be completely healed, but you will feel better.  Then you will find that all the next steps you need to take to get past your suffering and actually heal, will be more easily attainable.

5. I just found out my ex boyfriend thinks he is gay.  How does a girl get over something like that?

My advice is turn it all around.  I know it confusing and painful in ways that are hard to process, but if your ex has been struggling with his sexual identity, then turn it around by being supportive and understanding.  Your empathy to him will be serve to help you with your own healing.

6. How do you get over a long term ex boyfriend breaking your heart?

Rejection is always hard for anyone to experience and when it happens with a partner you have been with for a long time, it can be even more devastating.  First, don’t give up until you know there are no realistic avenues to pursue.  People who have been together a long time have put down a lot of roots and that counts for something.  That is something you can work with.  So make use of the best tactics I teach to ensure you have made every effort to make the relationship work.  But if your ex boyfriend is determined to end things despite all your best efforts, know that no one should rely on any one person to be happy.  Sure, the process of getting over what feels like abandonment will take some time, but everyone has the ability to do that because it is in our genes to adapt and survive.

767 thoughts on “How To Get Over Your Ex Boyfriend”

  1. Xyz

    August 6, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Hello,
    This page was helpful for me.
    I and my boyfriend were in a relationship ,
    He loves me so much. Everyday he used to care me a lot. Loads of love. I was so loved. all of a sudden he asked me to be friends because he is marrying a girl for his parents sake.
    I didn’t see him suffering but I was devastated
    Every time he used to console me and say that I’m his best friend and I have to come out of that past relationship.
    But I literally can’t .. I can’t imagine him with someone else .
    I cry in front of everyone .
    I can’t able to control my tears
    Unfortunately I have to work under him.
    I really don’t know how to move on from this situation.
    I really can’t imagine him with someone else.
    I can’t able to eat anything from 1month .
    I’m on liquid. I can’t able to sleep.
    Mentally disturbed a lot.
    Can’t able to concentrate on anything.
    I have to distract my mind ..
    And I’m trying in many ways a lot, but no use.

    1. Chris Seiter

      Chris Seiter

      August 6, 2018 at 4:34 am

      Glad it helped. Keep reading my posts and watching podcasts that focus on self healing and recovery because that is so important. Pull up my Podcasts and go through them and realize you need to pour more love into yourself. In time, these sad feelings will subside, but there are activities you can participate in that can help you…so learn about those. Go to my home page to tap into all these resources.

  2. Bree

    March 8, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Not sure if my first post worked or not as I don’t see it

    Me and my now ex boyfriend had been in a long distance relationship for just over a year. We were 3 hours away from each other when I live at school, and 6 hours away when I’m home for the summer. We tried to see each other every weekend if possible, and spent weeks together over the christmas break.

    I had been planning on moving to a new city for work and more school that is 5 hours away from where he is. It was his idea that he would move with me and we’d get a place together. We’d been planning this for about 4 months.

    On February 13 we broke up. I brought it on, but it was a mutual decision. For the last month before the break up he had been acting really weird and would get angry over the smallest things – something he had never done before. He was getting angry all of the time and physically punched a wall one night over basically nothing. He was also saying hurtful things that he would say was just a joke but they really weren’t funny.

    I didn’t understand where this behaviour was coming from and I was getting hurt and angry as well over it. I didn’t understand why he was acting that way. He was honestly the sweetest most kind guy that I had ever met, and it seemed like all of a sudden he just changed.

    I suggested that maybe we needed a break from each other for a bit. Something that we had never done. We had talked all day every day basically since the day we met. 14 months ago. He got really angry at my suggestion and said he couldn’t and wasn’t going to do that, and I told him if he couldn’t then I think we need to break up. And we did. After hanging up he immediately called me right back told me he loved me, then hung up without waiting for a response. An hour later he texted me saying we just made a huge mistake and he wanted to meet me so we could talk and work it out. I declined.

    Later that night he texted me again about how he will love me to the day he dies and this will be the hardest thing he will ever do. After I ignored it, he texted me again about how it wouldn’t work out between us anyways and he didn’t want to move away from his family. He then suggested that I move to his hometown. He has a job where he can work anywhere. My job and schooling only allows me to work/live in certain areas, and where he is from is not one of those areas.

    I think the reason he had been acting so weird was because he realised he didn’t want to move and be that far from his family. It was also a lot of changes at once.

    I didn’t talk to him again until a week later when I asked if we could meet on the thursday to trade stuff back and he agreed.On the thursday he basically threw my stuff at me and slammed his car door in my face, and drove off. He only drove a little ways before he pulled over and sat on the side of the road. I drove over to where he was to get out and talk to him and he was bawling his eyes out and wouldn’t really talk. He told me he missed me and never ever wanted me to go. We ended up leaving after about half an hour of me talking and a lot of awkward silence, but I think we left on good terms. I asked him to text me hen he got home which he promised me he would do, but he didn’t.

    I haven’t talked to him since that night, and it’s day 22 of no contact other than arranging when to meet, and actually meeting.

    I hoped that he would change his mind about wanting to move with me, as it would be a better life for him then living in his parents basement. After the 30 days were up I was going to message him to see how he was and maybe if he missed me he would change his mind about the whole situation.

    I found out yesterday that he’s been talking to another girl. One that lives near him. He’s tagging her in things on facebook that he would have tagged m in if we were still together, and he wasn’t friends with her before we broke up. (I’m thinking a girl he met off tinder).

    He deleted me on snapchat after I posted pictures of me at a bar with my friends on my story. He’s still friends with me on facebook, and while I don’t post on facebook at all, my plan is to take a super great selfie or pic and post it and hope he sees it and maybe decides to text me

    I’m not sure if I should text him after the 30 days and try or just leave him. I’m still in love with him and want it to work, but I don’t want him to be miserable in a place that is so far away from his family. Maybe he’ll be happy with this new girl that he will get to have a real relationship with and actually get to see all of the time not just on weekends after a long drive. If he’s happy I don’t want to mess it up, but I want him to be happy with me instead.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      March 10, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      Hi Bree,

      Do the nc process for yourself. If you still want to try with him after it, initiate contact and slowly rebuild rapport while continuing the routine you started during nc..

  3. Bree

    March 6, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Me and my boyfriend have been in a long distance relationship (3-6 hours away depending if I was at school or home for the summer) for over a year. We both hated the lon distance thin but were trying to make it work because we loved each other (or so I thought). We had been planning on moving in together in May for a while. He was the one who brought it up. The place we were going to move to is 5 hours from his family.
    For most of January and part of February he started getting really cold and distant and often mean. So I suggested on feb 13 that we take a break. He got really mad about that and said he wasn’t going to do it, so I said we need to break up then.
    We were talking that day after and he kept going on about how much of a mistake he just made was and he wanted me to go and meet him so we could talk it out. I refused. He then told me he didn’t want to move to Guelph and wanted me to move to his hometown. He has a job where he can work anywhere where as I do not, and I would have to give up my dream to move there with him.
    I didn’t talk to him all that week, and a week later I messaged him about meeting up to pick up my things.
    We met 9 days after the break up and he was extremely mad and slammed his car door in my face and took off right after handing me my things. He drove a little ways up the road and pulled over. I thought he would have came back but he didn’t.
    I drove over to where he was parked and got out to talk to him. He was bawling his eyes out and wouldn’t really talk to me. He told me that he missed me and all he can’t eat or sleep and he was drinking all of the time. When I asked him if he wanted me to go he said he never wanted me to leave.
    Before I left I asked him to text me when he got home safe and he promised that he would. He didn’t. We left things on a good note and I thought that he would change his mind about moving with me and decide that he wanted something better than to live in his parents basement.
    Today marks exactly 3 weeks since our break up. I haven’t been texting him and he hasn’t been texting me. p. While I wasn’t creeping him on Facebook it did come up on my home feed that he had commented on a post. Since he never really uses Facebook I was curious and looked. He tagged another girl in a cute dog video (one that he would have tagged me in if we were still dating). I ended creeping the girl and he wasn’t friends with her on Facebook until after the break up. She is from 15 minutes away from him.
    I don’t understand how a week ago he was bawling about how much he misses me and wants me back to already seeing another girl.
    I wanted him back but after only 20 days I feel super betrayed. I didn’t actually believe that the break up was going to be permanent and now I don’t know what to do

    I don’t know if I want him back or if I’m just lonely now without him. I made a pros/cons list about him and while there were a lot more cons, I keep seeing the pros. He was a good guy. I love him and I thought he loved me.

    Should I continue with the 30 day no contact rule? Or just leave him alone to live his life? I want him to be happy, and if he has met a girl that lives near him that makes him happy I should be happy for him right?

  4. Arshia

    February 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Hi
    This is the first time for me reading this site and thought you could help . And I really mean HELP. I broke up with him like 2 months ago but since then things have been normal . After breakup I didn’t talk to my ex . Blocked him from eveywhere . But I don’t know why I had a urgent need of talking to him … I couldnt resist ..after that we started to talk as friends …and as friends I mean we became very frank to each other still calling each other ..baby..darling..love..honey …we would even say “love you ” sometimes ..but we both knew we would only still be friends..but today we finally decided that we should stop talking due to certain reasons ..but he still is a sweetheart . His last message was “let’s stop taking..stay happy..text me if need anything…and other caring messages ..i still wanna be friends with him ..but on the other hand i want to get over him ..suggest me what should I do .please?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      February 27, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Hi Arshia,

      do you want to try the nc rule?

  5. K

    February 14, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve tried to leave a comment a few times, but it hasn’t gone through, so trying again!

    So, I’m in the fork in the road mentioned in the article. I don’t want to let go or move on, because what I had with my ex-fiance was incredible. I’m in my 30’s so have dated a lot, and have never had that connection with anyone else. I do want him back. On the other hand, it all feels so broken and hopeless that I feel like my only choice is to move on.

    We were in a LDR, and had everything planned out for him to move here with me this year. He was so dedicated, and wanted us to have a life together. Then around the beginning of December, he started becoming distant, and then broke things off around New Years. He cited a list of reasons – not being able to leave his job just yet, a family member is fighting cancer, and he said he didn’t know if he was mature enough to become a stepdad (I have kids, he doesn’t). He said in his words that essentially, it all boiled down to not wanting to hurt me, and not being able to commit 100% right now. I asked him if we could just slow things down and take our time, and he said no, and that it wasn’t fair of him to ask me to wait.

    We kept in touch for a few days, and we cried together, talked, and he was still telling me that he loved and missed me. He asked to stay friends. I initially agreed, but then realized that if I stayed friends with him, I’d have to see him date other people, get married someday, and have kids with someone else – that life that we wanted together. And I even told him this, and he said that he would never tell me if he did. That hurt, because it made me think that maybe he just made up reasons for not wanting to be with me. I don’t know. But, a few nights after the breakup, I sent him an email and said goodbye, that I couldn’t stay friends. I deleted him on all social media. I was so stupid and emotional, but I guess it’s understandable because I was such a mess. All my dreams had been shattered in the blink of an eye. We were going to get married, have kids, and spend the rest of our lives together. And he broke it off, just like that. So…I’m trying to be kind to myself, but it’s hard.

    A week after I cut contact, I had regret because 1) I missed him and couldn’t stand being without him in my life, and 2) I know that cutting things off probably hurt him deeply. He was still upset and crying the day I cut things off, and begged me to stay in his life. So, although I kind of feel suspicious about his reasoning (some of them, at least), I still felt awful for hurting someone that I love. So, I sent him a text to try and talk. He ignored it. Then, I got really bad. During the month of January, I sent him 8 unanswered text messages. I apologized, asked him out on a date, told him I missed him and loved him…basically, all the things I read on this site that I’m not supposed to do. He’s completely ignored everything. He hasn’t blocked me, and read all of my messages immediately, but has never responded. The last one that I sent was January 28th.

    I know that I have a lot working against me: we’re long-distance, I walked away from him after the breakup, I unfriended/unfollowed on social media, he’s not talking to me, I text bombed him for a month, plus the reasons he gave me for breaking things off are pretty big deals (not being able to leave his job, family member is ill, being afraid to become a stepdad). With all of these things working against me, should I even give this a chance? I don’t want to walk away, but feel like the cards are stacked against me so heavily that this doesn’t stand a chance.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      February 18, 2018 at 11:15 pm

      Hi K,

      Honestly, it looks like you have to move on. It doesn’t mean you can force yourself to forget your feelings. It means you have to move forward in your life despite of what you feel about him.

    2. K anonymous

      April 4, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      He wrote to me out of the blue today. It’s been over 3 months. We had a light conversation and I ended it on a high note. I had let go and don’t want to pursue things, despite still loving him deeply, but I feel like I handled it well.

    3. K anonymous

      April 6, 2018 at 1:40 am

      Is there an article on the site about when an ex texts out of the blue? I was so confused yesterday and thought I had let go, but I find myself wanting to prepare just in case. I don’t want to screw this up, if I decide to go down that road. I’m doing good so far, but am still undecided, and also unsure of his intentions (friendship or reconcilation).

    4. K anonymous

      April 10, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Well, I know what it means in my case now. He told me lastnight that he’s still in love with me. He’s moving from the UK here to the US for work, but across the country from where I’m at. He said he tried to get assigned closer to me, but they wouldn’t budge. But, he said he wants to see me after he moves here. He also said he has a girlfriend now, but can’t stop thinking about me, and stopped talking to me after the breakup to try and get over me. This is very confusing. I don’t even know how to feel about this.

    5. Jennifer Seiter

      Jennifer Seiter

      April 10, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      WOW! Well the good news is he still loves you and wants to be with you. Is it possible for you to close the distance gap if you feel he’s the one?

    6. K anonymous

      April 10, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      I’ll need to think long and hard on it. He’s not willing to break things off with his new girlfriend to get things going between us. It sounds like he wants to stay with this person out of comfort and convenience, and is going to break up with her when it’s time to move. Meanwhile, he’s professing his undying love to me all day over here. I’m really annoyed with his view of things. Seems like if he was serious, and wanted to treat me with respect, that he’d break it off with that other person. I think he’s confused right now, but I don’t want to be his backup plan or second banana or “other woman.” He’s been telling me I’m sexy, he loves me, wants to see me, wants to keep talking to me, etc. all day now. I told him just now that we need to cool it because he’s in a relationship and I’m not comfortable with how things are going. It kinda makes me lose some respect and trust in him, to be honest.

    7. Chris Seiter

      Chris Seiter

      April 10, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      I understand why you are annoyed. I would not only be annoyed, but angry too. He is trying to have his cake and eat it too. You will want to employ the wisest of tactics going forward and I would say you are off to a good start by giving him a dose of reality. Why don’t you dive into one of the comprehensive eBooks I have written on this subject. You should find what you need on the “Products” Page of my website. Just click on my Menu and it will lead you to the “Products” link. I offer tons of ideas and actionable solutions. You need not do this on the run!

    8. K anonymous

      April 10, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      Thank you! I’ll check that out. Like, I love him and always will. But this just makes me hesitant to trust him. He also said that whether single or not, he wants to see me and sleep with me when he moves here. I said only if he and I are both unattached at that time, and even then, it seems like a bad idea. I didn’t know this side of him when we were together, so it’s kind of shocking. I’ll check out your books. It’ll give me a lot to consider. I just don’t know if this is status quo behavior with all guys, or if it’s a huge sign to run away as fast as I can. The right feelings and devotion are there on my end, but I don’t want to do something stupid and get hurt all over again.

    9. Chris Seiter

      Chris Seiter

      April 11, 2018 at 3:04 am

      Yes…trust takes a while to rebuild. I agree, play it smart. Look out after you, yourself, and that image you look at across the mirror!

  6. K

    February 14, 2018 at 3:37 am

    I’m at that fork in the road that y’all mention in the article. I don’t want to move on. I want to get my fiance back. But it all feels hopeless, too broken to fix.

    We were in a LDR. He was going to move here to the US this year. We had it all worked out. Suddenly around New Years, he broke things off. He said that he couldn’t leave his job right now, needed to help take care of an ill family member, had to work out some issues of his own (insecurity, jealousy, self-doubt), and was afraid of not being mature enough to be a good a stepdad (I have kids, he doesn’t – but he loved my kids, and wanted us to have our own, too). He said basically, he wasn’t in the emotional place where he could handle our relationship and commit to being there for me 100%.

    My heart was completely shattered. We continued to talk for a few days, both of us crying together. He still told me how much he loved me and missed me. And, he said he wanted me in his life as a friend. At first, I agreed. Then I thought about it for a bit, and told him it would be too hard for me to see him move on, date other people, get married, and have a family with someone else someday. He said he’d never tell me if he did. That made me realise I couldn’t be friends with him for sure, because friends can’t be friends if they have to hide things like that. So that night, a few days after the breakup, I told him goodbye via email and unfriended/unfollowed on social media. I was an emotional wreck.

    A week later, I regretted it because I missed him, and realised how much this had to have hurt him. I desperately reached out to talk. He didn’t respond. I texted again several times over the course of January. I apologized for cutting contact. I told him I missed him. I told him I loved him. I invited him out to an event I was attending…pretty much all the things I’m not supposed to do.

    I last texted him at the end of January to ask for some of my things back. No reply, and he hasn’t sent them back.

    I don’t want to move on, because I’m still in love with him. All the issues that led to the breakup just need time. He even said this himself, but then said it wasn’t fair to ask me to wait for him. I think it was already a bad situation, as he really didn’t want to end things. But then I made it worse by cutting contact, then coming back and text bombing him 8 times in the month after the breakup.

    Is there any hope at all? If there is, I want to do whatever it takes to win him back. I just feel hopeless about it all though.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      February 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Hi K,

      Honestly, it looks like you have to move on. It doesn’t mean you can force yourself to forget your feelings. It means you have to move forward in your life despite of what you feel about him.

  7. K

    February 13, 2018 at 4:22 am

    I’m at that fork in the road that y’all mention in the article. I don’t want to move on. I want to get my fiance back. But it all feels hopeless, too broken to fix.

    We were in a LDR. He was going to move here to the US this year. We had it all worked out. Suddenly around New Years, he broke things off. He said that he couldn’t leave his job right now, needed to help take care of an ill family member, had to work out some issues of his own (insecurity, jealousy, self-doubt), and was afraid of not being mature enough to be a good a stepdad (I have kids, he doesn’t – but he loved my kids, and wanted us to have our own, too). He said basically, he wasn’t in the emotional place where he could handle our relationship and commit to being there for me 100%.

    My heart was completely shattered. We continued to talk for a few days, both of us crying together. He still told me how much he loved me and missed me. And, he said he wanted me in his life as a friend. At first, I agreed. Then I thought about it for a bit, and told him it would be too hard for me to see him move on, date other people, get married, and have a family with someone else someday. He said he’d never tell me if he did. That made me realise I couldn’t be friends with him for sure, because friends can’t be friends if they have to hide things like that. So that night, a few days after the breakup, I told him goodbye via email and unfriended/unfollowed on social media. I was an emotional wreck.

    A week later, I regretted it because I missed him, and realised how much this had to have hurt him. I desperately reached out to talk. He didn’t respond. I texted again several times over the course of January. I apologized for cutting contact. I told him I missed him. I told him I loved him. I invited him out to an event I was attending…pretty much all the things I’m not supposed to do.

    I last texted him at the end of January to ask for some of my things back. No reply, and he hasn’t sent them back.

    I don’t want to move on, because I’m still in love with him. All the issues that led to the breakup just need time. He even said this himself, but then said it wasn’t fair to ask me to wait for him. I think it was already a bad situation, as he really didn’t want to end things. But then I made it worse by cutting contact, then coming back and text bombing him 8 times in the month after the breakup.

    Is there any hope at all? If there is, I want to do whatever it takes to win him back. I just feel hopeless about it though.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      February 17, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      Hi K,

      Honestly, it looks like you have to move on. It doesn’t mean you can force yourself to forget your feelings. It means you have to move forward in your life despite of what you feel about him.

  8. Sasha

    January 30, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    My ex and I parted after 22 years. It all happened so quick it really took me by surprise,when I agreed to splitting up. No arguments, no shouting, it was like a dream. A bit surreal really. I’m not sure what I thought,but when I found out he’d moved on after 2 weeks I knew he’d been cheating. That was enough for me,to realise this man wasn’t worth it,or trying to figure out, if we had a future with work,talking, and being honest. I went NC immediately and only discuss anything concerning our child of 12 . And then I grew a pair of balls….I went back to work, lost the stone I’d been trying to loose for ever ( haha), took time pampering myself. And learned to like me who I’d lost along the way. It’s been nearly a year,and I go from strength to strength. I removed every last part of him from the house ,re defined our space,took a trip away with my child,and I’m socialising more than I ever did. And he hates it. He on the other hand looks miserable, has put weight on, is drinking far too much and is living with the woman he cheated with. It’s too funny for words. Before Christmas he told me he always loved me and always will, wants to come home,blah,blah,blah,the usual ….it made me realise in that moment that I didn’t need or want him back. He turns up when our child is out with friends for silly reasons. Only last week he met with my adult son ( previous relationship) and cried to him, saying he’d made a mess of things, and missed us. I don’t want him to be unhappy, but I can’t help feeling he got what he deserved. I remember vividly saying to him in the early days after finding out about his affair, ” you made your bed, make sure you enjoy lying it”…after rubbing our child’s nose in this relationship,he’s realised that kids have their own ideas, you can’t lie to them, pressure them to go along with your ideas…our child has had to grow up fast, which has made me very sad. However, I’m so proud that our child has dealt with it in a remarkable way. I continue to love, nurture, answer honestly and be there for this child whose life was torn apart. The lies I’ve had to endure by a man who I’d respected has dissapointed me nonend. But what I’ve come to realise is, he has to live with the shit he creates. Our lives are for the most part filled with harmony, laughter and love. Yes at times it’s hard,but I’m living proof,that NC is the way to go ,even when your heart is breaking. I miss my best friend,I miss asking his opinion….I don’t miss the person stood before me now. A liar, cheat,,who now wants his old life back. Tough , your too late…haha

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 31, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      That’s good Sasha! Thanks for sharing this and letting other girls read it and realize that someone in your situation did what they should do.

  9. Katy

    January 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    I agree with everything in this post except the bit about trashing every single reminder of him. I think this is a bit extreme.. Personally, I can’t bring myself to throw photos or letters away (any photos or letters, not just romantic ones- I’ve always been this way!) And I’m sure others on here can relate to this feeling. I’ve found that an excellent compromise is to put all photos, letters, presents, or anything that reminds you too much of him into a box and leave it with a trusted friend for a while, or if that’s not possible, at least store it far away in the back of the garage and do not retrieve it until you are completely, 100% over the relationship. I’ve done this in the past and I’m so glad I did! Now I can look back on those photos and letters and they remind me of a happy time in my life, but there is no pain or regret attached to them anymore. I would be sad if I had thrown them away all those years ago in the heat of the moment. (Obviously this only applies to the good, non-abusive relationships) That’s just my 10c worth, anyway.. Otherwise, excellent post! 🙂

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 30, 2018 at 11:46 pm

      Hi Katy,

      Hmm.. I agree with that.. I honestly wish I had some of the things or photos that I had with my ex for my memory box but I’m totally over him..

  10. Ashley

    January 17, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Ex and I were together for about 4.5 years. What does it mean when we went mutually went “on a break” where I wasn’t respectful to the space by texting and begging to not be on a break to finally him “breaking up” with me since the break didn’t work–but we continued to text and even hang out. We went on the break in Sept. and in Dec. I asked him to promise me to let me know when I should stop hoping we get to back together and his response was “If and when I promise to let you know” then I come to find he created a profile on a dating app and was talking to girls (not sure how many, how often or how intensely) in Oct. until now, even while I was at his apartment over the weekend.

    I am already aware that I sucked at the break and break-up, I haven’t done NC and I did all the wrong things these past 4 months–and now I am ready to just give up and move on even though I think he is “the one”–but I am just curious what someone thinks about
    how/why he wouldn’t tell me to move on and let go if he was talking to other girls on a dating app. calling them the pet names he called me and making possible plans with them while I was sitting in the next room. I am heart-broken that he would let me think there was a chance for 4 months

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 19, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Ashley,

      Sometimes when a guy breaks up with you, they just don’t want say it straight because of feeling guilty about it, they know it would hurt more..

  11. Deepika Raghav

    January 5, 2018 at 5:03 am

    just tell me what should i do after my 8 year relationship and i still love mt ex but now we are not dating with each other he is committed or not i don’t know but i have doubt.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 5, 2018 at 11:05 pm

  12. Deepika Raghav

    January 4, 2018 at 10:28 am

    just wanna know about my fucking relationship, actually i’m having a 7 year relationship with my first and last boyfriend and now my age is 21 i know having 7 year its too soon for me but yes its happened, now we finished that relationship and after cutted the call he moved on easily but still i can’t, in a day i have decided to no more contact to him but at night i called him again n again and he’s still cutting that, so this process is too long now, he’s still not talking to me, i really hate his bullshit behavior and really wanna forget that fucking time, kindly tell me that i should do now…… should i need to say sorry to him as usual or make him my god again in his eyes or i should slap on his fucking face that i really don’t care about him, i have to move on right means what should i have to date someone again………….? whats the meaning of move on just tell me how can i move on myself.

  13. Rkv

    January 3, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Hi there.
    I recently ended a relationship with someone who has severe omotional issues…or so it seems that’s a huge concern of his. Fear of commitment, real confusion with what Love should feel like and he would know that he’s met the one. We had a great relationship in general. Never taught, communicated well (or so I thought) and always had a blast with each other. At the same time, he emotionally cheated on me with someone from his past life overseas (they never had an actual relationship and only met a few times, but kept in contact for 3 years since he moved.) We were together for 2.5 years. I had discovered this shortly before our 2 year anniversary and thought my confrontation had cleared up the problem, but I discovered a few days after my birthday this year that it didn’t clear up the problem. I’m struggling with a lot of things.

    1) Because he does suffer from a bit of clinical depression and I’m the only one he’s talked to about with without dismissing it, I’m the only one he really feels confortable with talking to about it. I hate the idea of letting him try to struggle through this on his own.
    2) Even though I’m trying to help him and still be there for him, he still can’t disconnect himself from her. 95% of their conversations are purely friendly. But the 5% That is romantic is significant because thy say very deep things despite it only being a text oriented relationship and they’ve never spent real time together. The other person is also in a relationship of her own.
    3) I’m struggling to not think about him and her every single day. I’m obsessive and on a vacation from work, leaving me with lots of time to think.
    4) We lived together and before we moved in I got rid of a lot of household things. I can’t eally afford to completely buy everything I need for my own apartment so he gave me much of his stuff because he knew he was going to buy new ones. So I’ll have a lot of stuff from him – pots, pans, dishes, and gifts that are also household items. I can’t completely detox.
    5) I do want to be friends with him and be there for him. I realize I need to quit contact for at least 3 months. But he is moving out of state and across the country in 3 months (I was going to move up there with him after I finished my graduate studies.) I’m afraid that no contact will harm our chances at a true friendship later on.

    Any advice?

    Thank you,

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 5, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      HI Rkv,

      do you live together now?

  14. Jordann Howard

    January 1, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Hey, it is New Years day and my EX broke up with me around October. When this happened I cut and dyed my hair, I got a new phone, I brleive I cut off all the ties and well contact was a problem given I see him at school all the bloody time and I wishes everyone in my contacts a happy holidays. He wanted to be feeinfs, but ignored me. I stil l have feeling for him and I don’t know why. I feel like I have moved on till I see him then I lose all of it and can5 help but smile and LOVE him. See my problem. Big I know, can you help me?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 2, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Jordan,

      Check this one:
      ’m In Love With My Ex Boyfriend

  15. Tiffany Delgado

    December 23, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Hello!
    I started dating this guy and everything was so amazing we would spend everyday and night together for weeks until his lease was up and he asked if he could stay at my place for a couple of days.. a couple of days turned into 2 months. His ex would call on blocked numbers everyday but he told me not to worry she was crazy. He ended up cheating on me with her.. I was miserable I couldn’t eat or sleep we ended up getting back together immediately and then 2 weeks back together I ran into his ex and saw he was still communicating with her… when I confronted him he said i was childish and he dosent have time for high school drama. I told him to get his stuff out of my house but I couldn’t stop crying he said he wanted to work things out with me again but I needed to give him some space.. I left to visit my parents and I didn’t come back for the last 2 months… I just got back to my house and his car is still at my place but he will barely text me back. I’ve made progress moving on from him but I feel myself in withdrawal and I just want him back.. I miss spending everyday with someone.. he told me the pressures of a relationship were too much for him that I require too much attention I feel like he resents me now.. he called me a week ago super happy saying how good it was to hear my voice but now nothing… writing this makes him seem like he treated me horrible but the good times were beyond amazing it’s just the lows were really bad mostly from his doing. How do I get him back? Is he leaving the car for a way to come back in my life? The last two months I’ve been gone he’s also been gone traveling for work.. he’s currently not in town.. so when I text him about his car he dosent really respond since he hasn’t been here to move it or see me.. he has two cars so I feel like the one at my place he dosent even really care about.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm

  16. Rose

    December 7, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Hi,

    I had a rough on and off relationship with this guy and it just ended really badly… again. This time, I’m just tired of the pain and drama and really want to move on for good. We blocked each other everywhere but I still have his favourite shirt, and I really don’t want to throw it out because I think it’ll be the wrong thing to do. I’m considering mailing it to him but it ended so badly and I don’t want to start more trouble. Is it worth it? Should I bother? Thanks

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 11, 2017 at 6:33 am

      Hi Rose,

      Nope, no need to give it back to him

  17. Heartbroken

    November 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Hello,

    My ex boyfriend broke up with me 3 and a half months ago, we were really close and he told me that he couldn’t be in a relationship right now and that he no longer wanted to continue making me unhappy. He said he has depression and cannot even make himself happy. I put a lot of pressure and nagged him a lot in the relationship because I could tell after a while that he was not ready for something serious (we got together as he was breaking up with his ex gf). I became jealous and needy and cried a lot before and after the break up. I followed your advice after a few weeks and started no contact. I then got back in touch with him and he was responding but in a very cold and distant manner, I felt at times that I was making progress but eventually my emotions got the better of me and I ended up messing it up. I tried to get him to meet up and talk to me so I could try to get closure instead but he really seems like he does not care and keeps making excuses. The problem is we work in the same office and I have to see him everyday. He has been really overly happy laughing and joking really loudly and kept telling me he was busy or asleep when he started to not reply to me. I have been really struggling to move on and then out of the blue his best friend contacted me. He said he just wanted to see how I was doing as he was with my ex and they were discussing things and his best friend asked after me to my ex. I asked him why he contacted me and he said he just wondered how I was doing and said it was a shame we didn’t get to hang out as my ex broke up with me 2 weeks after we all went away for the weekend to an event with all my exes friends and family and that was the last time I saw them all. I asked him for some advice about my ex because he wouldnt talk to me and I wanted an honest answer. His friend told me that he believes my ex has moved on and is sorry to tell me but it is better to be honest than to give false hope. I am deeply upset by this as I feel that my ex could have bothered to communicate it himself as he never said he didn’t want to be with me when I asked after we broke up, he said he didn’t know what he wanted and who knows about the future, but instead I had to hear it from his best friend. His friend asked me not to tell my ex about our conversation as he said his ex would think it was weird that he contacted me. We had a bit of a heart to heart and I admitted I was struggling to move on. I feel like I have the closure I wanted as I have been told by someone close to my ex that he is no longer interested and my ex will not speak to me about it. I really want to move on with my life now because I am devastated and I no longer want to continue to feel so heartbroken. I dont want to try to get him back anymore because I am far too emotional to follow through with the advice you give and I care too much, so I think the best choice for me now is to get over him. I really have tried so hard but nothing is working. I have to see him everyday and it is so painful, we were really close I and I genuinely believed that he wanted to be with me. I feel really hurt and confused, it felt like he switched his feelings off for me one day as a week before the breakup we were spending time together like normal and everything was fine. Since he broke up with me he has been very cold consistently, it is simply like a switch has gone off and he treats me like nothing ever happened between us like we are strangers except for being polite around the office.

    I have decided to go no contact indefinitely but I am still struggling everytime I hear him speak or laugh or have to see him. I want nothing more for him to come back to me and I feel that this hope in my heart is preventing me from letting him go but I cannot stop myself missing him.

    Please give me some advice on what more I can do to move on? I have been seeing my friends and family, going out, I have even tried dating, I have taken care of my appearance and taken up new hobbies, I have taken my ex and his friends/family off my social media and blocked myself from communication with him. Nothing is helping and I do not want to feel like this anymore, I miss him all the time and think about him constantly because we did so much together and were really close for 7 months.

    🙁

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 17, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      don’t rush.. moving on means doing the things that help you grow and move on in life even while you’re still hurting.

  18. Denise

    October 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Hey ex boyfriend recovery,

    My boyfriend broke up with me 2 months ago. Since then its been a bit back and forth because he couldn’t make up his mind if he wanted to be with me again, I implemented a lot of strategies from here and they always worked.

    Now I am at that fork in the road. We were together for 2 years. We had a talk last night when I gave back his things because he had given me the decision of how our relationship should go from there. He says he still cares about me a lot, he rated me a UG, 8 to 9 in both categories (i think he wouldve said 10 on the physical side cause I have really gotten myself into shape after the breakup but he probably wouldn’t admit that).

    He doesn’t want a relationship with me, and I don’t either at this point in my life. We are both young adults and have never been alone until now, so we both want to experience things without thinking about a person in the back of our minds.

    He said later on that maybe we could be together in a couple of years when we’ve both had our time apart and if we were both single and there’s still a spark. But we also talked about the social media situation, if we should delete eachother or not and he said that we both might end up dating other people and probably don’t want to see it on our socials. Only today did I realise that didn’t make much sense because he just said that he wanted to be alone for a while and enjoy his young adult years.

    He said I was his first and best girlfriend. After no contact, he did realise all the things I did for him and how I was a great girlfriend. We decided to have another talk next year in february to give eachother, especially me, some space. I do want to be with him in the future, but I don’t understand if we are just stringing eachother along because it’s hard for both of us to let go.

    I am leaning towards not talking for a year and then being his distant friend. He said he prefers to be distant friends (the type that every 3-6 months check up on eachother to see how they are because theh still care for eachother) but that the decision is ultimately mine because he did mess with my mind a little after the breakup changing his mind over and over. I just don’t know if taking a year off to get over it and then opening the wound to be friends would be productive. I know that being friends would probably lead to us reconnecting which I do want in the future. This guy is the UG (ungettable guy ) for me.

    I asked him about the contradiction today on why he wants to be alone but then next year might start dating and he just said that after his trip he might start dating other people and I might too. I don’t know if I should stick to my plan of waiting a year and then going for it or if I should start as a distant friend next year so that we migr rekindle. I’ve read the articles about being friends and he has plenty of times said he only wanted to be friends but then changed his mind again to wanting to be with me. I just don’t know if I should start in the position of friends and not go through a year seperate because he did say after 5 years he could see something?

    Thankyou in advance for reading all this and helping me out! Appreciate it.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 1, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Hi,
      You’re putting yourself in the friendzone and agreeing to him that you will talk months from now looks like you’re just there waiting for him and chasing… Restart nc, do at least 45 days..move on without totally moving on, and then slowly build rapport while continuing your life… Don’t ask him if you still have a chance sooner or later…

  19. Crossroads

    October 29, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Hey ex boyfriend recovery,

    My boyfriend broke up with me 2 months ago. Since then its been a bit back and forth because he couldn’t make up his mind if he wanted to be with me again, I implemented a lot of strategies from here and they always worked.

    Now I am at that fork in the road. We were together for 2 years. We had a talk last night when I gave back his things because he had given me the decision of how our relationship should go from there. He says he still cares about me a lot, he rated me a UG, 8 to 9 in both categories (i think he wouldve said 10 on the physical side cause I have really gotten myself into shape after the breakup but he probably wouldn’t admit that).
    He doesn’t want a relationship with me, and I don’t either at this point in my life. We are both young adults and have never been alone until now, so we both want to experience things without thinking about a person in the back of our minds.

    He said later on that maybe we could be together in a couple of years when we’ve both had our time apart and if we were both single and there’s still a spark. But we also talked about the social media situation, if we should delete eachother or not and he said that we both might end up dating other people and probably don’t want to see it on our socials. Only today did I realise that didn’t make much sense because he just said that he wanted to be alone for a while and enjoy his young adult years.

    He said I was his first and best girlfriend. After no contact, he did realise all the things I did for him and how I was a great girlfriend. We decided to have another talk next year in february to give eachother, especially me, some space. I do want to be with him in the future, but I don’t understand if we are just stringing eachother along because it’s hard for both of us to let go.

    I am leaning towards not talking for a year or 2 and then being his distant friend. He said he prefers to be distant friends (the type that every 3-6 months check up on eachother to see how they are because theh still care for eachother) but that the decision is ultimately mine because he did mess with my mind a little after the breakup changing his mind over and over. I just don’t know if taking a few years off to get over it and then opening the wound to be friends would be productive. I know that being friends would probably lead to us reconnecting which I do want in the future. This guy is the UG (ungettable guy ) for me.

    Thankyou in advance for reading all this and helping me out! Appreciate it.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 1, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Hi,
      You’re putting yourself in the friendzone and agreeing to him that you will talk months from now looks like you’re just there waiting for him and chasing… Restart nc, do at least 45 days..move on without totally moving on, and then slowly build rapport while continuing your life… Don’t ask him if you still have a chance sooner or later…

  20. Ollie

    October 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    My boyfriend left me last week, completely out of the blue. We were so happy, just begun living together, in lust still after a year. He told me he woke up the day he left and realised he couldn’t commit to me. That he wasn’t ready to put in the work and ups and downs that you had to put into a relationship. He said he only wanted to make himself happy and confined he no longer loved me. I walked out of the house and immediately began NC. I haven’t heard from him since, however he has blocked me on all social media, but made all accounts public deleting all of our photos and now putting up topless photos of himself for the world to see. With a holiday we had planned together coming up and bank accounts needing to be sorted out, I have done all of it. Very confused, hurt and embarrassed.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 29, 2017 at 11:07 am

      HI Ollie,

      start being active in improving yourself and in posting, just make it public posts.. do at least 30 days nc.

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