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How Do I Let Go of My Ex?

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From a teen in Indonesia: lately, I’ve been struggling to focus on my work, my mind will always be distracted by this “thought”. So about 2 years ago I’ve broken up with my ex-boyfriend. We ended up in good terms because he can’t stand LDR relationship, even after we broke up things were doing just fine, we still talk a couple of months ago but I can see him changing from time to time, we get “distanced” and we started to talk less and less and I hate the fact that I still can’t move on from him. Until last month I found out that he already has a new girlfriend it broke my heart so much because sometimes I still have the thought to get back to him one day but then I realized things aren’t going to be the same anymore. So every time I try to move on somehow I get back to the thought of him again and started to compare my life with and without him, And right now I am trying hard to study so I can be accepted at my dream University but every time I try to study I think about him again,  I need your advice on how to move on from someone and finally let things go and accept it.

How Do I Let Go of My Ex?

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You broke up with this guy when you were only 14. First love is a powerful thing. I’m sure your feelings were genuine. I’m sure you experienced the relationship as the most important thing in your life. But you were only 14.

What you needed then is not what you need now at 16. No matter how charming and interesting the guy is, your lives have evolved in different directions. You are both now more mature and becoming the adults you will be.

I suspect your problem is not the break up. It is more likely that you continue to think about this guy because you are insecure about meeting someone new. Instead of getting back into the social life of your school, you withdraw into thoughts of an old and very young romance.

The way to move on is to look forward instead of looking back. What are you doing now to make more friends and to be more socially confident? Are you actively involved in school activities like a sport or club? Are you volunteering at a place where other teens are working on a project together? Doing these kinds of things is a low pressure way to get to know other teens without the pressure of worrying about dating. Friendships often grow naturally into something more.

I wish you well,
Dr. Marie

How Do I Let Go of My Ex?

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2020). How Do I Let Go of My Ex?. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 28, 2020, from
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