* Ending a romantic relationship can be traumatic
* Feelings of loss post-breakup might prevent you from enjoying daily life
* Start the road to emotional recovery with these 6 self-help books
Breaking up with a significant other is one of the worst experiences to go through. The feeling of loss and misery when your partner says goodbye can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to shut down and shut out friends and family. However, while it may be cliche, life must go on.
Even if it feels impossible to move on from your heartbreak, there is always hope. Give yourself some time and explore your grief. When you’re ready to pick yourself up off the ground, try reading one of these 6 books for getting over a crushing breakup. Inside each of them, you’ll find a wealth of tips and mantras for getting through this emotional time.
1. Buddha Breaking Up by Stephanee Killen
Stephanee Killen understands a breakup can be one of the hardest things you’ll have to deal with. But she’s here to help you get through it with Buddha Breaking Up, her hilarious guide to overcoming the “general suckiness” of parting ways with someone you love. With undeniable honesty, she chronicles her own struggles after a breakup and provides a step-by-step guide for getting through it. In the two parts of the book, you’ll first examine how we fall in love and then look at methods for dealing with the negative emotions that come from a broken heart.
2. Get Over a Breakup by Robin Martel
Even if you weren’t the one to end the relationship, sometimes breaking up can be the best thing. Sure, it hurts, but when you come out the other side, you’ll be a better version of yourself. In Get Over a Breakup, Robin Martel guides readers through the 5 steps to recovery. First, you’ll learn how to get through the 7 states of grieving and how to maintain zero contact with your ex. Then, it’s onto lessons about breaking the emotional bad habits created after a breakup and learning self-care. Finally, Martel gives real life examples to show you that everything really is going to be okay.
3. The Breakup Band Aid by Sarah Melland
Breakups can often times bring out the worst in people. Perhaps you’re tempted to take a baseball bat to your ex’s car or spill a drink down his new girlfriend’s designer dress.Read The Breakup Band Aid instead. In this hilarious self-help book, Sarah Melland provides a 12-step program for getting over your ex without obtaining a restraining order. Also included in the book are breakup playlists, witty comebacks for when your ex says goodbye and plans for making your ex jealous.
4. Grieving the Loss of a Love by Eleora Han PhD
Whether you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one, going through a divorce or simply saying goodbye to a long time love, you’re likely dealing with some form of grief and loss. Drawing on personal experience, psychologist Eleora Han offers Grieving the Loss of a Love. In this book, Han challenges conventional wisdom and urges readers to embrace grief in order to stay rooted in love. She also wants you to explore the beauty of forgiveness and accept your lack of control in order to truly find peace with your situation.
5. Getting Over a Breakup by Kate Anderson
Dominate your ill will toward your ex and learn to love yourself again with Getting Over a Breakup by Kate Anderson. This book contains 75 easy steps for getting over a breakup. A few things you’ll learn between the covers include dealing with social media, mistakes to avoid and the process of moving on with your life. This is the ultimate how to guide for breakups.
6. Getting Past Your Breakup by Susan J. Elliott
Relationship blogger Susan J. Elliott wants you to know that this breakup is going to be the best thing that ever happened to you. It might hurt now, but soon you’ll go through a transformation by focusing all that energy back on you. In her book Getting Past Your Breakup, Elliott provides strategies and rules for moving through your grief and taking back your life. For example, in the book you’ll learn the rules of disengagement, the secret to breaking the pattern of failed relationships and what to do when you can’t stop thinking about your ex. Get this self-help guide and start on the road to breakup recovery.