...When alcohol and cigarettes stop working.
By: Andrea Collins

Break ups are so so hard. Especially when you’re on the receiving end. Lots of times we try to fill that void with the wrong things. Booze, food or whatever unhealthy distraction we can get our hands on. Next thing you know, a week has gone by and you look like Courtney Love.

So here are 5 ways to get your break-up battered self-ship back on course. Do them all.


Pick a good area and just walk. Bring your earphones, some cash for a tea, comfy shoes and just go. Pop into shops, venture down new streets, or heck, sit on a park bench and watch a squirrel find a nut. You’ll feel more peaceful after a couple of hours.

Put your damn phone away

Stop checking it. Stop looking at Facebook. Stop looking at Instagram. It usually just make you feel worse. It clouds your head and really does nothing to get that self-ship pointing towards less tough times.

Sweat Outside

Start getting the sad out of your body. It’s in there. And it’s making you crazy. Do an outdoor yoga session. Run. Go on a hike. While you’re at it, listen to the wind. Admire nature. Remind yourself to see that there are bigger things than just your breakup. Just as nature continues to evolve with the seasons so will your life. After a frigid winter always comes a warm summer.

Have your friends over for a dinner

Not only is it a chance to clean your sad self up and tidy your place, having friends over for a nice warm meal reminds you that there are people in your life who make you very happy. Look around the table and make a mental note. Those people you see, love you. They are great friends. And you’re a great friend too.

Have a mantra

Find yours. Say it to yourself when sadness strikes. Don't have one? Feel free to borrow mine, “sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.”

Andrea Collins is in love with nature and being outdoors. When she’s not hiking through the wilderness or paddling on a lake, this prairie girl works in radio, television and print in Montreal.


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