So, you had a bad breakup — it happens, and how you handle it will make all the difference. While you could just spend a year or two sobbing into a pillow over your lost love, the fact is that breakups can be a cause for celebration. Being single means that you have your freedom back, and that’s worth celebrating! If you don’t know how to enjoy your new-found single life, try these 15 things to remind yourself of how good it is to fly solo.
Go for a kickass girl’s night out. Go ahead and channel that inner love of girl power! Grab your friends, hit up the mall for a new outfit, and then hit up the club. Sometimes, just reuniting with your friends can be a good reality check on why you don’t need a boyfriend in your life.
Start a new hobby. Ever wondered how people make their own beer? Why not take this time to try out a new brewing class? Want to learn a new language? Hit up Rosetta Stone. You’d be shocked at how many hobbies you’ll learn to love, especially when there’s no jerk taking up all your free time.
Splurge on something you’ve been wanting for a long time. Everybody has that one perfume, coat, or item that they’ve had their eye on for years. Instead of spending money on a guy, you can now spend money on yourself. Indulge. You deserve it!
Try out recipes your ex hated. You wouldn’t have been able to enjoy them with that jerk around, right?
Remind yourself that it’s better to be alone than to be in the wrong relationship. This alone can be the mini-celebration and the true perspective that you need in order to pull yourself together. Being with the wrong guy is absolutely terrible for your mind, body, and soul.
Travel and see the world. Now is the time to actually go out and adventure. Going to a faraway destination like Paris or Milan may mean cute European guys for single girls, so you might as well have that super exotic fling before your next relationship.
Have a horror movie marathon with your friends. Now is not the time for romantic comedies, sad romance movies, or anything that involves reminding you of your heartbreak. Instead, curbstomp Cupid with a kickass horror movie night filled with slasher flicks. Trust me, it’ll help you get some of your angst out in a fun way!
Reinvent your sense of style. Toss out the clothes that remind you of your ex. In fact, now is the perfect time for a new hair style, too. Out with the old, in with the new.
Aim for a “Suck It” moment. A “Suck It” moment is a moment where you know you’ve outdone your ex in one way or another. Aiming to achieve such a moment can actually open up new doors, get you interested in new hobbies, or just get you epic bragging rights. This is an ideal option for people who are dealing with a particularly bad breakup, because it proves that you can do whatever your ex could all on your own… and that you’re better at it than he was.
Watch Jerry Springer or other similar trash TV. Look at the drama that being in a relationship can incur. Do you want that drama? Nope, you don’t. Bask in the rich, delicious feeling of schadenfreude. No matter how bad your last relationship was, it’s still not as bad as anything on Maury.
Act out a sexual fantasy. Whether it’s just having a one-night stand or going full-on Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you’re having fun, and that you don’t have to worry about having strings attached to that fling in the morning.
Have an ex boyfriend bonfire. This is where you burn all the crappy gifts he gave you. Nothing says it’s over like an ex boyfriend bonfire party, and nothing quite clears the air like getting rid of his crap.
Have a photoshoot. If your self-esteem was shot by the breakup, the easiest way to pick it back up is to have a nice makeover, followed by a photoshoot. A good photographer can really make a huge difference, and you might be able to use those pics for your online dating profile.
Hit the snooze button. Tired of your ex waking you up? Sleep in, and enjoy the snooze time.
Eat whatever the heck you want. There is a certain unspoken rule that the time immediately after a breakup is the perfect time to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Sushi for breakfast, anyone?