11 Tips on How to Get Over Your Ex Boyfriend

What you should do to repair your broken heart? Here’s how to get over your ex boyfriend once and for all, and then continue with your life.

Did you dump him, or did he break up with you, or you both decided that it just wasn’t working anymore? It doesn’t really matter now. It’s over, and, chances are, you won’t get back together no matter what you do. There’s a reason why things didn’t work out. Sure, it’s possible to get your ex back, but that’s another story.

I’ll assume you want to get over him, turn a page and move on with your life. Here’s what you should do to repair your broken heart, and make those painful thoughts disappear.

#1 Get Busy

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Do stuff. Be active. When you have things to do (watching TV doesn’t count), you clear your mind and just don’t have the time to think about your ex. Be busy, get a hobby, work on your career, and catch up with old friends.

#2 Work out

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Hit the gym, or go jogging. Do some physical exercise. This will toughen up your body, mind, and soul so you’ll be less emotional and more productive. You might even meet your new love in the gym.

#3 Get out of the House

Staying at home, watching TV and checking out your ex boyfriend’s Facebook profile won’t help. Distract yourself. Get out of the house as often as you can. Don’t hang out in places that remind you of him.

#4 Don’t Get Drunk

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The worse thing you can do is to drink alcohol to forget him. You’ll end up hooking up with some idiot in a club that you’ll never want to see again, the next day you’ll just feel depressed. Pull yourself together! You don’t need alcohol to get over your ex boyfriend. That’s what weak people do. Are you weak? Of course not.

#5 Don’t Go Insane, Accept Your Pain

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Do not cut him out of your life completely. He might be your ex boyfriend now, but not so long ago you used to love each other – don’t be angry at him or yourself. Forgiving him, and yourself, is the first step to peace of mind after a break up. Accept that it’s over and that life goes on. You need to be strong and able to control your pain – how? Accept it. Acceptance is the first step. Don’t try to resist it. I’m not saying you should spend time with your ex, but don’t cut him out of your life either – it’s possible to stay friends with your ex, whatever you believe right now. Give each other a chance to continue communication, that’s what cool, emotionally healthy, open-minded people do.

Here’s how to pick yourself up after a breakup and another relationship disappointment.

#6 Don’t Look for a New Guy

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You just broke up with your boyfriend and you’re trying to get over him – finding a new boyfriend after just a weak is dumb and unrealistic.

Give yourself some time, and be fair with your ex. You would feel terrible if he had a new girlfriend out of a sudden too. Have some respect for each other. Take it slow and let your heart heal. It also wouldn’t be fair towards that new guy; you’d just use him as a cheap substitute of your ex so you don’t feel like crap. That’s selfish.

Enjoy being single a bit, rethink your life, get to know yourself better. Stay strong and carry on. You don’t need anyone to be happy but yourself.

#7 Be Positive

Paulo Coelho says in one of his books, “When somebody leaves, it’s so that somebody else can arrive.” Know that just because your ex left you, this is for a reason. Maybe it’s a good thing, even if your ego is hurt and your heart broken. Look at it from a positive side.

If you didn’t break up, you would never meet that next guy that will come along. Yes – he will come along – but only if you think positively. Open up yourself to new opportunities by looking at things from the right angle. Your heart is broken because you let it be broken. You can’t get over your ex – not because of him, but because of yourself – you do not let yourself get over him. Allow yourself to move on. It’s easier than you think.

#8 Do You Enjoy the Pain?

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Think about this for a second. Do you enjoy feeling bad? Maybe you like feeling like a victim. Maybe not. But be realistic and honest towards yourself. I know you may feel terrible right now, and you’ll keep on feeling like crap IF you decide, “I feel bad.”

Stop the negative self-talk. Wake up the next morning and shout out loud “I feel great!” then repeat this, as many times as you can until you really believe that you feel great. I know this sounds dumb – but it works! Try it.

#9 Rise Above Your Pain

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The best way to get over your ex boyfriend is to rise above the pain. You are now inside of your head. Change your way of thinking.

View yourself from outside. Rise above your pain, and accept your situation. This breakup is not an end, it is merely a new beginning. New opportunities are everywhere around you. You can’t see them if you close yourself up with negativity. Open your eyes! Distance yourself from your pain; don’t let it eat you up. You are stronger than you think.

#10 Love Yourself


Life works in strange ways. Sometimes, you just don’t “click” with a guy completely. Why be in a relationship with someone who isn’t ideal for you. There’s someone for everyone, and you will find true love, sooner or later. Just open up yourself, Mr. Right could be just around the corner. Anything is possible.

Don’t put pressure on yourself. The first step to getting over your ex is acceptance. The second step is to keep walking. You have to move on in life and have a positive attitude. Love yourself and you will be loveable to the world around you.

Never forget… after the rain, the sun always comes out. It may be raining now, so take out your umbrella, keep walking, and sooner than you know, the sun will shine brighter, and will bring a smile on your face.

#11 Move On

If he calls, do yourself a favor and do not answer. I’m not kidding.

Here’s how that trap goes: Your guy feels a little nostalgic and decides to call you.

You respond and become very emotional with him. Then you end up in bed together. You think you’re back together, but he understands it’s over and walks out of your life. You’ve been devastated once more (even harder this time).

Don’t pick up the phone or contact him.

If you’re second-guessing the decision you’ve made, here are 10 reasons why it is a good thing you broke up with him.

There are plenty of other men who want to be with you – lovely men, gorgeous men, well-adjusted men. It’s just not always the easiest thing to find, is it?

Don’t give up; he’s out there somewhere.

About the author


Jason runs a construction company, but he enjoys sharing his experiences with the opposite sex by writing about relationships in his spare time. He spends his weekends kite surfing and running on the beach.


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  • This is a great article! Thank you, Jason. it is a great feeling to know that a fresh start is right in front of us if we are willing to think positively. There is nothing more important than loving ourselves :)

  • for yrs I been looking for someone to come along and eclipse my favorite guy without success. Only thing i can do is pray to heal and just love myself.

  • wow……this a very nice article that real inspired me on how to love myself and moved on! i felt so good after read this.

  • Thank u jason 4dis wounderful steps. Now i know all i need is to think positive ‎​ be happy

  • im just in the early stages of a break up and im finding it really hard to deal with things… This has help but i just want this pain to go away…. will it

  • Thanks jason !!!!! I’ve just come out of a rough break-up and your article has given me hope !!!

  • Thank you Jason. This article is really helpful to me. Just broke up a few days ago and i am moving on with my life.

  • Thank you so much. I recently had to break up with my boyfriend. Too many problems and I have been beating myself up about it. Your article helped me, thank you so much!!

  • Thanks for this article. It really does gives me hope. I sure hope it works, because remaining attached & pathetic/insane isn’t really working out for me.

  • It’s Amazing! those words really help me to think deeper and be happy without that person who made me sad… Thanks 5 Star!

  • Great article, I enjoy every single points and it helped me. Thank you.

    However I don’t agree with “not cutting him off”. Yes, for some relationship, the friendship might work and it might be worth it to keep it, but I don’t see why I should keep someone who might have been abusive, constantly brushes off my feelings or constantly not take me seriously.
    I do not need someone like that in my life even as an acquaintance.

    All of my friends have been supportive, never brush of my feelings or abusive towards me, why do I need to keep someone who has not been that good to me just because we were in a relationship?

    Forgive him, sure, keeping someone like that in my life, I would need to ask why should I?

    Again, I am not saying you need to cut off all your exes, but I don’t think you should keep everyone either, it’s not a “mature” thing to do to keep someone who is and was no good for you.

    • I agree with you. I have an ex who treated me the same way. When we broke up, he then decided to try to do all the right things, he should have been doing in the first place.

  • Thank u jason! I think dis will really help becouse what I feel right now nobody knows and I feel everything has come to an end

  • My previous relationship has been the most difficult thing to get over. Its been 3 yrs since we broke up. I’m better but not healed. I’ve blocked any other man from getting close to me. I feel hopeless. I’m not doing anything productive in my life. All I do is busy myself with work but I’m not living. I’m merely existing. Barely .

  • Thank you! I’ve been with my ex for 9 months and my ex said that he never loved me. This really help me to forget him :)

  • This is really helping me get over my ex .A little effort makes it move on well .tks alot

  • Jason thank you for your long distant boyfriend cheat me and left me without any solid reason.he just ignore me and block me in FB also.he didn’t respect me ,my character and he always blame me make me feel bad about myself.but i suffered a lot and work a lot for maintaining the relation.but one fine day he just blame about my character and just left me,i dont know why he did so.but now i just feel guilty..i feel that i had done some guilt ,he is not my right man but i took a long time to realize it.i just dont know what to do.due to guilt i can’t share this to my family or friends.can you please give me some advices to recover from this hell.

  • this is the first time i read this article. .actully his my boyfriend until now. .i just want to forget him even though were still in a relationship. . i just want to prepare myself from getting hurt. coz i know to myself that if one day i lose him .. i will die thats why im preparing….

  • Great advice! This will help tremendously. I could just feel the hope and ability to get over him as i reading your article. And everything makes sense! Thank you!

  • worst advice is to keep in contact and be friends. all that does is set you up for the next let down. much better idea is the 30 day no contact rule. NO MATTER WHAT don’t text, call, do whatever on facebook. he’s OUT OF YOUR LIFE.

  • I feel stuck in my relationship. He started to control me but I didn’t see it at first. It was slow. He now cheating on me. And I just found out. Now my family can not help me becuse of the problem being too much. So I feel stuck.