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Heartbreak at Christmas

A Christmas break-up? A few tips to help you cope

Christmas isn’t just about exchanging presents and stuffing your face with delicious food. Everyone is obsessed with the Hollywood movie ideal of having the romantic Christmas love story; snuggled up in front of fire, ice skating in sync, drinking mulled wine whilst strolling through the Christmas markets. This fantasy is hyped up so much people make it their Christmas mission to find a companion to share the season with, and then are disappointed when it doesn’t go to plan.

There is nothing worse than being in a relationship that has made it, by the skin of its teeth, to the Christmas period and having to hold your breath in case you make one wrong move that results in you being single again. Getting ‘dumped’ just before or during the Christmas period isn’t nice for anyone, it will make you feel like the last thing you want to do is be festive and fun. But, there is a way of getting back out there and proving to everyone that you do not need a significant other to make December magical.

“For good Karma, donate your now spare gift to a shelter or hospital where you know someone will appreciate it.”

One of the worst things about breaking up during this period is having already bought Christmas present for your other half. Should you take it back and get a refund? Hold onto it in case of an unexpected reunion? It is one of the most difficult decisions to make, and having spent hard earned money on the gifts, there is no doubt that part of you will be incredibly annoyed. Instead of burning it along with all the other memories of them, re-gift it to someone in your life that you know will appreciate it. Failing that, don’t feel bad about taking it back and using that spare cash to treat yourself. Or, for good Karma, donate it to a shelter or hospital where you know someone will appreciate it.

Jokes aside, you can feel very low and down if your partner has broken up with you around this time of year, if only you had the power to cancel Christmas altogether. The best thing to do is surround yourself with the positive people in your life. Your friends and family are going to be there for you no matter what, so make plans and enjoy yourself with them, proving to yourself that you can have an amazing Christmas without being all loved up.

The best thing you can do in a situation like this is remove them from all social media and block their number. We all know how easy it is to send a drunken text and have a quick stalk of their Facebook profile, just to see if he’s replaced you already. This will just eat you up more if you see them having an enjoyable time, and the process to getting over them and moving on will be heavily delayed. Don’t dwell on the past, there will come a time where you cut all ties and feel nauseous at the thought of being with them. But it takes time, and Christmas is by far the hardest to get through a break up. Just keep your chin up and take care of yourself this Christmas because at least you’ll now have more money in the bank.

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