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Five ways to handle a break-up like a man

Nursing a broken heart? Here is your guide to making it through the difficult period and emerging in one piece.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Feb 25, 2015, 10.20 AM IST
Men are usually painted out to be the bad guys in breakups. However, sometimes, they too are at the receiving end, having their hearts wrenched out just when they thought everything was going well. ETPanache shows you how to handle the rug being pulled out from under you with your dignity intact.

Don't hound her

As tempting as it is to see what your ex is up to, don't stalk her on social media and don't check out her new pictures. This added information is only going to torture you. Don't hound her with text or calls either in an attempt to win her back or show her what she's missing. You will come across as a loser and that in no way is going to win you any brownie points.

Take your time

That said, don't block out the breakup completely — allow yourself to mourn it and think about it. But please, no more than half an hour a day. We find the commute to work (not from) an excellent option. It allows you to think about it for a limited time before being distracted by work.

Stay stable

Guys, it's tough to deal with being dumped. And unfortunately, men are not allowed to just cry it all out. So, they usually turn to numbing the pain by drinking or dating excessively. But, neither of those two options is actually going to help you move on, nor is taking any drastic step like harming yourself. The best thing to do is talk it out, either with friends or family. They will help you put your feelings in perspective even if you may think there's no silver lining.

Don't be sad

While you can genuinely feel sad, don't go overboard. What we mean by this is that guys often try to pull the woe-is-me sympathy card by wearing a sad face 24x7 and filling up their social media feed with depressing quotes. Stay positive and try to remain upbeat. Don't go looking for pity from acquaintances — it's not a good look.

Stay busy

While all you may want to do is drown your sorrows, it helps to keep your mind and body busy. Exercise and meet up with friends. Not only will you get better sleep at night, but talking to like-minded people will show you that there is a lot to look forward to. So what if your current relationship didn't work out? You still have a life.
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