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No matter how many you have been through, breakups are awful. But, no matter how tempting it may be to curl up into a ball and drown your sorrows in endless pints of ice cream, there are better means of dealing with a broken heart. While there’s no magical cure-all for a broken heart, there are plenty of healthy ways to start moving on.

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1. Give yourself time to grieve

Getting over a relationship takes time, and it’s okay to feel a sense of loss when one ends. It’s important to try not to rush the process, or to deny what you’re feeling. Anger? Sorrow? Betrayal? They’re all completely normal reactions to a breakup. If you need a bit of extra help processing your emotions, write down down your feelings in a diary or a letter to your ex — just don't send the letter. If talking it out is more your thing, seek out a trusted friend to confide in, or consider talking to a professional therapist.

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