The 5 Stages of Grief at The End of A Meaningful Relationship

The 5 Common Stages of Grieving A Relationship

Alcohol and drugs will only exacerbate the issue. Focus on strengthening your body through exercise and whole foods. Feeling better physically will have an impact on your mental fortitude as well.

Seek out a therapist. For some bros, this is a big leap of faith, but it can jumpstart your progress in a major way. I recommend a psychologist as opposed to a psychiatrist. I can’t cosign the route of prescription drugs to defeat depression.

Tackle it naturally. You’re a strong dude and can take this on without a trip to the pharmacy. Your body and mind will thank you in the end.

Start documenting your thoughts in a journal. It’s therapeutic to release your feelings from your mind onto paper. Understanding and accepting what you are feeling is the first step to being able to overcome the negative emotions.

The most important thing to realize is that you’re not alone. You have amazing friends and family to help. This also won’t last forever. As long as you take the right steps, this pain is temporary.

Stage 5. Acceptance

“Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.” – Anne Roiphe

Eventually, your heart, mind, and soul will accept that this phase of your life is over and it’s time to move on. This is the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. It’s an incredibly liberating and inspiring feeling.

Make peace with the loss of your significant other. Accept that your relationship is no more. Accept that you have a clean slate to start fresh. Accept the fact that there’s a bright future for you ahead.

You will eventually be ready to forgive your ex, and potentially even thank her. The time you had together was not a waste. It helped define part of who you are. Be grateful for the time you had—not resentful.

Once you’ve reached self-love and inner peace, you will naturally put out natural, awesome energy that will attract someone much more connected to your heart, soul, and emotions.

There are so many awesome people in this world. You will find one that is perfect for you.

Here’s an interesting video that you may find helpful:



Let go to move on

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermen Hesse

We want to be in a relationship that lasts a lifetime. We all want to be with The One. We want someone who will stay with us through thick and thin of life until death do us part. But in real life, relationships are rarely like that. In fact, the more we try to hold on to a relationship, the faster it ends.

When you let go of a relationship, you not only let the other person go, but you also release yourself from being trapped in the past. You release yourself from all the pain, heartache and misery. Letting go and forgiveness liberates you from the shackles of the past relationship and empowers you to move on with courage to face the future. Letting go allows you to grow from the experience of heartbreak and gives you the strength to find love again.


Written by Matt Shumate Originally appeared in The Goodmen Project

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