Breakups are rough. Primal tasks that used to be second nature, like sleeping, eating, and showering, are now super difficult to complete. Life consists of tear-stained pillows, yoga pants, and tissues strewn like lifeless confetti. Feeling like a human again, let alone dating again, seems like an impossible feat.
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Which is why, if you’re currently residing in Splitsville — or have a bestie who is — you definitely need to stash a few important and favorite items to help mend your broken heart.
That’s why we put together the ultimate breakup survival kit: Before you know it, you’ll be hitting the town with your squad, and sashaying to the tune of “Single Ladies.” But first, wallow my friend.
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1. Tasty Snacks
When it comes to handling breakups, there are two types of people: those who eat everything in sight, and those who can barely eat anything at all. Eating is CRUCIAL, because food = life. It’s not only soothing, but you need it in order to get your emotional and physical strength back. So what’s your fave snack? Do you prefer salty or sweet? Pizza or Twizzlers? Whatever it is, stash it by your bed — now.
2. Helpful Books
Need some advice, as well as validation about why your relationship ended? Stock up on some good breakup reads, like It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken and Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You, and help yourself feel better.
3. Motivating Movies
Movies are the perf distraction for your blue mood. If you’re looking for a little revenge, try John Tucker Must Die. Want some girl power? Then watch Legally Blonde again. Do you still believe in happy endings? Watch the classic When Harry Met Sally.
Need we say more? From “Someone Like You” to “Turning Tables” to “Water Under the Bridge,” there’s an Adele song for every stage of your breakup. Set your Adele playlist to shuffle, and let it allll out.
5. Cozy Stuff
You need to be soothed and comforted, which is why you need everything cozy in your life right now. Nab this Snuggle Blanket (it feels like a warm hug) and keep your tootsies warm and cute with these fuzzy wuzzy socks.
6. Bath Bombs
Once you finally feel like bathing again, you should treat yourself to a luxurious and relaxing soak. The Big Sleep bath bomb from Lush smells woodsy, with a hint of calming lavender, which will help wash away your worries.
7. Try MediDating
Calm your mind, heal your heart, and transform your love life all in one sitting with Gabrielle Bernstein’s MediDATING: Meditations for Fearless Romance, an 11-track meditation album that will help you let go of romantic illusions, overcome fears and insecurities, and activate your attracting power for your next match.
8. A Journal
Journaling your feelings during a breakup is not only super healing, but it can also reveal a lot about yourself, as well as your feelings about your previous relationship, that you might not have processed before. A cool journal, like this I Gotta Be Me inner truth notebook, will help prompt you, too.