End of a Long Term Relationship, What’s Next?

End of a Long Term Relationship, What’s Next?

I’ve decided it’s high time I shared the experience of what happens following the end of long term relationship. Some of you reading this will recognise what I’m about to say, some will completely disagree and some won’t really give a stuff, you’re just intrigued and passing time before East Enders starts. But I thought it may (or may not) benefit someone who’s just stepped onto the rocky road of singleton. So here goes;

First off, keep focused, keep positive and most importantly, keep looking forward. If there’s one piece of advice I can give anyone in this situation is that there WILL be a positive, even if you’re struggling to see it right now. Dig deep, even if it’s something as simple as having full hold of the remote control, there is always something.

Sure, there are things you will miss which will try to hog your thoughts from time to time. I really missed having someone bring me coffee in bed, stupid I know, but I’ve decided a coffee machine next to my bed is the way forward. See, negative thought gone and shopping trip scheduled.

There will be good days and bad, and the bad days will catch you unaware. I shocked myself how well I handled the fall out of my marriage breakdown. Surely it wasn’t supposed to feel this good? But just as I thought life couldn’t get any better, one little thing brought it all crashing down. And that is all it will take. For me if a was a little comment which brought home the reality of what had happened. So I wallowed, moaned, listened to Alanis Morrisette, searched out quotes on Pinterest which matched my emotions.

And then messaged a friend.

And that leads me seamlessly into my next snippet of advice. NEVER under-estimate the power of your friends and family.  I have an amazing support network which I can call on and who I know will pull me out of the doldrums, even when they don’t realise they’re doing it.

I have my funny, crazy bestest friend who never fails to make me giggle. We swear, we laugh, we send silly GIFs, I rant, she rants, and we plan. I don’t even have to tell her I’m feeling crap, she just knows. Same goes for my sister, 100’s of miles away and living a crazy busy mum life, she’s the one to tell me how it is. Facts are facts, straight talking but caring. Lecture if need be, but always says the right thing and, along with my mum, dad and brother, is my rock.

And then there’s the ones who I coffee with, drink wine with and talk about our children with. They’re my distraction, where I don’t have to disclose too much and stop me going to where my negative thoughts are trying to take me.

Get your support network in place, it doesn’t have to be huge, but you will need it.

how to survive the early month of the end of a long term relationship. this quote is a perfect reminder of how to see the situation

Look after yourself, your emotions are taking a battering right now and you need to be able to take what ever life throws at you. Don’t let yourself get too stressed. This has huge implications on you mentally and physically. I’m a huge fan of reflexology to help balance and restore. I tend to internalize stress resulting in unexplained aches and pains. The problem with this is that pretty soon you get over loaded and you find little things you could once shrug off start to bother you.

Think of your body being a vase, each stressful situation is a cup of sand, filling it up until you can’t hold it anymore. It over flows. Think of the mess & how heavy the glass now feels. If you can find balance & ways to offload that stress and overloading you emotionally  (talking is always a good way of doing this too) you can cope with so much more. Keep that space in your head for when you really need it.

And I’ll say it again, keep looking forward. Don’t look back in anger (sing it Oasis style if that helps) Embrace the occasional down days, your body & mind needs to process what’s happened and move on, but don’t let the bad outweigh the good or play the victim, you’re the navigator of your own happiness.

What’s done is done. Be graceful in your departure from the old you, things happen for a reason and sometimes beyond your control. Embrace the next adventure on which your life is leading you,

Exciting times are ahead.

I promise you.

 

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14 Comments

  1. Nicola
    16th October 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Xxxxx

  2. 17th October 2016 / 12:18 am

    Such wonderful words and such great advice.

  3. 17th October 2016 / 3:55 pm

    Nice, short but so powerful. Particularly loved “What’s done is done. Be graceful in your departure from the old you, things happen for a reason and sometimes beyond your control.”

    Thanks for this and the reminder that it will eventually get better.
    Happy healing

    Xx

  4. 17th October 2016 / 9:08 pm

    What a wonderfully positive post. I nodded along, remembering past pain x

  5. Cat hooper
    18th October 2016 / 10:32 am

    Lovely sentiment and be ready to move onto the next exiting chapter in your life x

  6. 18th October 2016 / 10:52 pm

    power of positivity! Good Luck on your next adventure!

  7. 20th October 2016 / 2:05 pm

    I was a complete mess for about 9 moths after I left my ex husband.Lots of anger and tears, lots of alcohol induced rants too.But I got through it all as I had so much support from family and from the parent blogger community online too, the latter from people who became firm friends.I prescribe me time, at least once a week, even if it’s to have your nails done or to indulge in a soak in the bath and an evening reading a book.6 years on, I can honestly say it’s made me stronger (cliche I know), but I leant so much about myself and other people to.Take care x

  8. 21st October 2016 / 10:53 am

    Well, if Alanis helps, then that’s good for me!

  9. 23rd October 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Good luck on your new adventure. A lovely sentiment and sounds like you are ready to move on. Hugs xx

    • 25th October 2016 / 1:00 pm

      Thank you Susan, ready for my next big (or small) adventure and trying to keep smiling

  10. 24th October 2016 / 12:00 pm

    Sound advice! Friends are great therapists aren’t they? Hope you got your coffee machine 🙂

    • 25th October 2016 / 12:59 pm

      I’m still looking for one which doesn’t make my bedroom look like a hotel!

  11. Verily Victoria Vocalises
    26th October 2016 / 7:45 am

    All great advice. I remember these times all too well and I’m so with you on all of it. You sound so strong. Enjoy that coffee machine x

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