Break ups are incredibly difficult for everyone involved, whether you parted on good terms or it was sour farewell, it’s over. Once you get over the initial shock of no longer being the priority in that person’s life you begin the healing process. But there is one thing that could hinder this slightly, your ex. The very person that you are trying desperately to forget could be the one thing that keeps you holding on and why? For their own sick twisted pleasure? Because they are curious to see if you would ever take them back? Whatever the reason it is unfair to you and if you are the culprit in this scenario, you’re being a douche! There are certain rules that should be followed when dealing with your previous partner, it’s not rocket science but sometimes we need a little guidance…
Contact – You have said your goodbyes, you have talked/screamed/cried about why you can’t be together anymore, nothing has changed nor will it. So cut the cord and stop talking to each other, whether it’s a funny video on FB that you think he will like or a cute story about your dog that she would laugh at you cannot talk to each other anymore. Even if you are dying inside because you miss that person so much sending needy or abusive messages will not get them back. Acceptable – I guess this depends on how things were left but maybe a birthday message, other than that leave it alone. Unacceptable – Contacting an ex when you have moved on or sending a lengthy email about how much you hate them/miss them. If you are in a new found romance why are you reaching out to your ex at all? Surely your attention should be firmly on this new person. As for the hate mail, just know that your crazy psychobabble will be shown to all of their friends…
Meet ups – Why do you need to see each other? Do you even need to see each other? What good could come of meeting up? Acceptable – if you have to give each other your old belongings then one more face to face can happen, that doesn’t mean it should though, I’m sure you have friends to help you out or there is always the post. Unacceptable – If either one of you is with someone new you do not need to see each other, unless of course your new partner knows and is secure enough in your relationship that this will not be an issue. Seeing someone that you have history with can stir up feelings of nostalgia and longing or pure hatred, if you don’t end up kissing you might go into a mad blind rage and kill someone, probably your ex, and how are you going to explain that if you’re sneaking around to meet each other?! The happy medium would be confusion, being torn between those extremes and not knowing where you stand.
Family/Friends – This is difficult, especially if you share mutual friends (think Ross and Rachel from Friends). An appropriate amount of time should pass before meeting with your ex’s family; it’s great that you felt close enough to them to keep in touch post- apocalyptic breakup but if you choose to keep in touch do so without involving your ex. Acceptable – Exchanging the odd text and/or meeting for a coffee, away from the home they share with your ex. Unacceptable – Going over your exes house to watch Eastenders with their mum every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. How are they supposed to move on if you are always there? Don’t talk to your mutual friends about your ex, you’ll begin a vicious cycle of Chinese whispers or worse, hear something that you were not ready to.
Social Media – The thing about social media is it lets you peep into someone’s life undetected, that sounds a little stalker crazy but let’s face it, as soon as a friend tells you about the new office crush the first thing you do is cyber stalk to see if they meet the criteria (one bad photo can do a lot of damage guys). There was a time when you were the one in all of the pictures and you were the one they sent funny meme’s to, now you want to know who and what is happening in their life, so go ahead peep away. Acceptable – Have a cheeky browse when you feel like it, eventually you won’t feel the need to at all. Unacceptable – At no point should you ever ‘like’ or comment on something, especially if you are in a relationship. All that does is make your ex aware that you are interested in what they are doing, and why are you interested?? Is your new found love not all that you thought it would be? Are you missing what you once had? Even if your ex is not thinking this your new partner probably would.
For those of you that are dealing with the Extreme ex, the girl that sends you Intsa collages of when you were happy together or the guy threatening to beat up your new boyfriend, why are you even entertaining this behaviour? Block and delete this person from your life, better yet, from your relationship. The ‘jack in the box ex’ (the kind that likes to pop up whenever they feel like it) can cause so much drama when you are seeing someone new, receiving/reading/responding to these messages encourages them, it makes them think there is a chance to win you back or destroy whatever you have now.
Your ex is your ex for a reason, no matter how it ended your relationship was not working and neither one of you were willing to try anymore, respect each other and what you had enough to leave each other alone. It goes without saying, once you have really moved on there is no need to contact the person you once shared everything with, you have someone new to do that with.