The Number 1 Tip To Survive The Holidays After A Break-Up

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Here they are again – the dreaded holidays. Every “Dumpee’s” nightmare.

Before, this was usually the time of the year when you and your Ex were together, visiting relatives, sitting around the Christmas tree, enjoying the free time.

What will most likely happen this year is that happy memories will flood you, bringing you brutally back to the reality that now everything will be different.

But this is where you are mistaken – different doesn’t have to be bad.

I’ve written quite a few “holiday-survival” tips for people suffering from the consequences of a break-up over the years. Here is an example for you to read:

How To Survive The Holidays Alone

But this year I wanted to take another approach.

I’m going to give you the ONE single, best tested, and proven tip showing how to tackle the holidays as a breakup survivor.

Additionally, we will do something new – a round of gratitude. (I’ll get to that in a minute).

The Number 1 Holidays Survival Tip For “Dumpees”

There are two main problems we have to deal with as the holidays approach after a break-up:

  1. Too much free time, which leads to obsessive overthinking
  2. The inability to separate the holidays from your Ex

If you manage to control these two factors, you are more or less out of the woods.

But everyone who has been there knows that this is a huge challenge to master.

While you can try the usual precautions and remedies, like planning lots of distractions or practicing mind-control and meditation, there will always be moments when you fall back into the same thinking patterns.

What you should do – and I cannot recommend this enough – is to re-wire the holiday memories you have with your Ex, and pursue a new way of celebrating Christmas.

Enter unknown territory by getting out of your comfort zone and return to the original meaning of the holidays – beyond all of this commercial madness.

Start to GIVE back to your local community by helping those who are in need of help.

I’m talking about soup kitchens, homeless shelters, nursing homes or hospitals.

There are websites like VolunteerMatch.org or ServeNet.org to help you find the projects and charities in your local area which best suit you and are in need of help.

I know that it is hard to do anything at the moment… even getting out of bed requires a tremendous amount of willpower. But you have to get out there eventually, and while you do, why not do something productive?

“GIVING helps people who desperately need your help, and at the same time it does something to you in an unbelievably positive way.”

Find a way to get out there and help “with your hands” as opposed to writing letters, making donations or anonymous giving.

Don’t get me wrong, these things are necessary too, but I found that it is even more efficient for your break-up recovery to see the faces of those you helped personally.

When you offer someone honest help, you shouldn’t expect something in return, but you CAN expect to feel very good about yourself.

It has an effect upon yourself that you shouldn’t underestimate.

You will feel needed, purposeful and energized.

Recently, during a family vacation, we came by a woman who stood in front of a food store. She stopped us and said that she needed a bar of butter to feed her children. My wife was quicker than me.

She went into the store and returned with a huge bag full of various food.

When she handed it to her, the woman burst into tears, took my wife’s hand and kissed it.

It was a very intense moment, and our kids asked us lots of questions about it. They would never forget it.

What I want to say is that GIVING helps people who desperately need your help, and at the same time, it does something to you in an unbelievably positive way.

And you really NEED this positive energy boost right now after your break-up. Especially now, during the holidays.

So leave your comfort zone, go out and get your hands “clean”.

A Round Of Gratitude

When you are pushed into an emotional roller-coaster after a break-up or divorce, it is so easy to lose track of the good things in your life.

They appear irrelevant, non-existent. All there is … is the loss you’ve suffered.

So it’s a good thing when we remind ourselves daily of all the things we are grateful for, the blessings in our lives.

It can help us to shift away our focus.

That is why we are doing a round of gratitude on this site, ( for the first time ever), and I’d like YOU to participate.

Let us engage in some serious soul-searching.

Let’s list three things that we are most grateful for right NOW in our life.

Come on, I know they exist.

It could be mundane things like thankfulness for your newest electronic toy or that the sun was shining the whole day.

Or, be thankful for meaningful things, like your health, your family or your job.

It is your choice. What’s important, however, is that you really mean it and don’t fall into “thankfulness clichés.”

Only if you mean it and feel the positive energy of gratitude will you profit from it.

After you write those three things in the comment section below, I want you to write them again on an index card and carry it with you wherever you go.

Every time you feel low, or you fall into the overthinking-trap, pull out this piece of paper and allow yourself to get back into gratitude mode fully.

Experience it consciously and see all negativity fade away.

Please don’t fall into the “I-know-that-already-trap.” Just do this. You won’t regret it.

I wish you all happy holidays and a happy new year. May it be the best year you’ve ever had, filled with self-love, acceptance, new experiences, opportunities and inspirational people.

Take care of yourself.

Your friend,
Eddie Corbano

  • Rosa Mendizabal says:

    I am thankful for my health had surgery this year and things went good. I am thankful for my job I love working there.and I am thankful for my wonderful family 😊

  • I’m the one who left him, though I love him so much and still love him, for a very simple reason: he still loves his ex-. Of course, he puts her on the pedestal. After 2 years into our relationship, he told me that she, too, still loves him. Out of my respect for his family, I left him. I wish him all the best. I’m happy for him that he loves and is loved.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a homewrecker. When I met him, he was a divorcee. I’m 100% sure about it because we work at the same company.

    I resented that if he didn’t know where his heart was then he should not start a relationship with anyone (not just with me) because he broke other peoples’ hearts by using a rebound relationship to heal himself.

    I tried to breakup with him many times but I failed. I kept coming back until last November when I was hurt terribly. I finally realize that if I want to keep my sanity I need to let go of my feelings for him.

    He kept contact me after the breakup. His contact pulled me back at square one every single time after his contact. I can’t avoid him or block his emails or texts because we work together. The only thing I could do was to delete the emails and texts without reading them.

    This will be my second holiday without him. It gets better because I’ve learned from my last year experiences and I prepared for this coming holiday. Last year, I was gone crazy because of my loneliness and my thought of being used by him.

  • I am thankful for:
    1. Having an opportunities to go back to school to continue higher education which I’d never dream of if I were in my native country.
    2. Having my dream career and doing what I love daily.
    3. Having my family members who understand and 100% support me during my breakup while I’m at my lowest.

  • I am thankful for:

    1. The opportunity to be creative in my business.
    2. My children are independent and happy
    3. My Husband unfailing support and understanding.

  • I am thankful for my dogs Sugar and Muchacho and their unconditional love.
    I am thankful to have a house to live in.
    I am thankful to have a job.

  • Kasey Bella Luna says:

    1.) I am grateful for my friends. Ali who helps me to see life in both a local and world view. Sonette, who is so positive the very air is charged with goodness Talitha who with her hands births beauty, and Nishi, who tells me to keep going. These women have taught me lessons of life and love, of giving and receiving with open eyes and arms. I could still be strong; I could bend and play in the storm and not break.

    2.) I am grateful for my boys. I saw them together the other day, all grown. Taking time out from working hard to play hard, tease and compete with each other, in good fun. But if I stumbled keeping up with their youthful energy, they were at my side to offer a steadying arm. It is weird, bittersweet, and lovely to see the tide turning…I took care of them, and now they watch over me. Ryan and Vinny, my guys…no Mom could be happier or more greatful than I am to have us all together again.

    3.) I’m good at helping others bridge perceived gaps in their lives.This year I am grateful to finally learn cross onto the bridge myself. It has to do with learning self-respect. Eddie’s site has helped with that. I am opening myself up not to just giving, but learning to take gracefully the opportunities before me to create a full and happy life. I can see it happening, and I’m so grateful for all the people who have joined me on the bridge!

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