How Can I Let Go Of My Ex?

If you’re visiting my website or reading this blog you are probably standing at the door of the heartbreak hotel. I also struggled to let go of my ex.

A broken heart is a metaphor for the intense emotional stress or pain you feel when experiencing great loss or deep longing. You may have lost the love of your life or your love is unreciprocated, resulting in your ex cheating on you etc. Relationships can become enmeshed meaning we can become overly connected and need to meet the other person’s needs so badly that we lose touch with our own needs, goals, desires and feelings.

The thought of being without the person can be anxiety-inducing!

I know only too well how painful a broken heart can be. The hurt goes way deeper than the feelings of sadness. An unwanted separation and divorce can actually affect you mentally and physically. You’ll be finding it difficult to sleep, not eating properly, struggling to concentrate on ordinary day to day tasks. This can lead to lacking in lustre for life and depression.

The Symptoms

If you have at least five of the following symptoms since your breakup you could possibly be struggling with clinical depression, so please seek advice from your GP. These symptoms include:

“There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh
Medication for Letting Go

H eartbreak sends you spiralling downwards, to a place where you doubt absolutely everything. There is an intense desire to find the answers to so many questions. The ifs, buts, why, who, how, when, what, where? Why wasn’t I enough? How could he/she do this to me? What is wrong with me? Why is this happening? The very person you would usually turn to for comfort, to soothe and restore your confidence is the one who has caused your distress. Why does love hurt? To put it simply, the pleasure and reward centre of our brain is flooded with feel good chemicals while other areas experience a depletion of different chemicals potentially leading to a push-and-pull of positive emotions.

The deactivation of the neural pathway responsible for negative emotions like fear and social judgement can lead us to ignore red flags in a relationship, resulting in a crash later on when conflict arises or things don’t work out. An increase in dopamine similar to the euphoria associated with the use of cocaine or alcohol, makes love a pleasurable experience.

On my road to recovery, I worked incredibly hard to process the amount of emotions I experienced due to my ex husband’s many affairs ~ yes there were more than two. Please do not judge me. I’ve had to listen to those who quiz me on “How did you not know? Surely, you must have suspected something?” Most of these instances happened in the workplace. As a faithful and trusting wife, when my husband left the family home at 6.30 am to go to the office, I never could have imagined that he would be so brazen. Leaving the house earlier to be with another woman. I believed he was working hard for the greater good of his family.

The Journey

To let go of my ex

One such book I read is called “Men are like Waffles, Women, are like Spaghetti” by Bill & Pam Farrell. It explains the difference in the way men and women think and that women process life like a plate of spaghetti,

Imagine a plate of spaghetti; thin strands of pasta interwoven and piled up together. As you pick up one strand, it is connected to another one, and the next one and the one after that. These strands as they were pathways in your brain, every thought and issue is connected to every other thought and issue in some way. Women can link together the logical, emotional, relational and spiritual aspects of the issue in conversation. If they are able to connect all the issues, the answer to the question at hand bubbles to the surface and is readily accepted. This is why a woman is typically better at multitasking and solve problems from a much different perspective than men.

When you are going through a major life event such as divorce, your emotions can feel like one big tangled bowl of spaghetti. Your brain feels muddled, a mixture of mess and disorder. Your mind becomes a knotted ball. The intense emotions and bodily sensations can make you feel frozen, overstimulated or numb. There are six responses to trauma – fight, flight, freeze, fawn, fine and faint. Everyone responds to trauma in a different way and different kinds of trauma can have different responses in the same people and all reactions are valid. What I encourage you to do is to slowly, patiently unpick each strand of spaghetti to untangle your brain.

Self Forgiveness

Let go of my ex from my heart


C ompassion is good for your emotional rollercoaster ride. Your heart has been broken and it’s going to take self-care and self-love to put the fragments back together. Soothe your heart by acknowledging and trying to understand what has happened. Speak to yourself, as if you were talking to a friend, with kindness and compassion. Take care of your needs by accepting yourself for who you are and not trying to be everything to everyone all the time. The path to healing and enlightenment is not a path at all, it’s actually a metaphor for the time it takes for you to allow yourself to be happy with who, where and what you already are … no matter what.

Click here for another article which helped me identify the road to recovery and helped me forget my ex.

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