11 Emotions You’ll Feel After Breaking Up

After breaking up with someone you love, you will grieve. Here are the most common emotions people feel after a breakup – and how to deal with the heartbreak of letting go.

emotions after a breakupIn You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce, or Death, Louise Hay and expert David Kessler discuss the emotions that occur when a relationship leaves you brokenhearted, a marriage ends in divorce, or a loved one dies. With a perfect blend of Louise’s teachings and affirmations on personal growth and transformation and David’s many years of working with those in grief, this empowering book will inspire an extraordinary new way of thinking, bringing hope and fresh insights into your life and even your current and future relationships. You will not only learn how to help heal your grief, but you will also discover that, yes, you can heal your heart.

Breakups are confusing. If you know that a relationship is not going to work, why must we grieve when it ends? I guess it’s the human nature. We were programmed to protect the relationships valuable to us, and the grieving process is just a way of our mind telling us that the relationship was valuable.

The more valuable the relationship is, the worse is the grieving. You will likely experience a lot of emotions during this period. But you will find peace of mind after a break up if you know what emotions to expect. Here is a list of them.

11 Emotions You Will Feel After a Breakup

This is a guest post from Kevin Thompson, who has been helping people deal with breakups for two years. 

1. Shock. If you didn’t see the breakup coming, you might be in a shock for quite sometime. You will be thinking things like ”Everything was fine a few days ago, how can this happen to me.” The good news is shock will not last for long. The bad news is shock is probably the easiest of emotions you will have to go through.

2. Denial. If you had constant fights and arguments that lead to an “almost breakup” quite often, then you are likely to be in denial after the breakup. You will probably just convince yourself that this is just another one of those situation and you and your partner will make up soon enough. Denial can last a while until reality creeps in and smacks you on the face with the fact that it’s really over.

3. Bargaining. Bargaining, more commonly known on the internet (and the world) as “Get Your Ex Back.” Don’t get me wrong, getting your ex back can be a good thing if you have a good reason to get back together.  But you have to understand that bargaining is also just one of the emotions after a breakup. And getting back together just because you are going through a phase of grieving is not a good decision. In fact, you might end up regretting this decision if the relationship is not right for you.

4. Sadness. This is the phase where you just feel sad throughout the day. You get up in the morning, drag your feet to the bathroom, look in the mirror and see your pathetic face thinking, “Will I ever be happy again?” You slouch your way to the kitchen, pour yourself some cereal and manage to drag yourself to your daily activities. Sadness is not the worst of the emotions you’ll feel after a breakup. Because we all know that it will pass. What’s dangerous is obsession.

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5. Obsession. You keep thinking about your ex. You stalk their Facebook, hack into their email and go over all their activities like you are working for the NSA. In fact, you go out of your way to find out where they are going for their yoga classes and you stand across the street to make sure they are not with someone else. Your day starts with your ex and it ends with your ex. You are obsessed with your ex. Obsession can be tricky business because it won’t stop until you absolutely stop all contact with your ex and delete any means of indirect communication with them (like Facebook, twitter etc.) You have to go cold turkey on your ex, even though your emotions after breaking up may feel like they’re overwhelming you.

6. Anger. Then there will be days where you will think of nothing but your ex’s faults and how they did you wrong. You will think to yourself that you are glad that the relationship is over and you will hope that they suffer for what they put you through. Even though it’s a step forward, holding a grudge against your ex is not the best way to move on.

7. Missing Them. Of course, with hate comes love – another common emotion after a breakup. You will think of all the wonderful qualities your ex had and how much you miss them. You will feel like you were and probably are still in love with them. Again, remember it’s just a phase and you should just let it come and pass like every other emotion.

emotions after breaking up8. Fear. During a relationship people start identifying themselves as a couple; they see themselves as a part of a team and after the breakup, they find themselves suddenly alone. This new life comes with fear. Of course, it’s OK to feel fear, as it is just another emotion. What matters is how you deal with it? Do you run back and hide behind the idea of getting back together with your ex, or do you face it head on?

9. Empowerment. If you start taking control of your life after the breakup, you will feel empowered and realize that you don’t need your ex to be happy in your life.  When you realize you have conquered your fear of being single again, you will feel like you can achieve anything you want.

10. Acceptance. You will start accepting the fact that you two have broken up and there is no going back. Instead of looking back, you start planning forward. You start thinking about your happiness and your goals in life. You start planning a life, without your ex in it.

11. Forgiveness. Forgiveness is something that will come a long time after the breakup. But it’s something that is very essential in moving on. When you forgive your ex for everything wrong they did, you forgive yourself as well. At this time, you have truly moved on after the breakup.

For more help with dealing with emotions after a breakup, read How to Heal Your Heart Without Relationship Closure.

About the author: K. Thompson has been helping with breakups for the past two years. He believes that some relationships deserve another chance while some relationships deserve to be ended permanently.

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11 thoughts on “11 Emotions You’ll Feel After Breaking Up

  • Priya

    Hey guys please help me. I know I am not different but currently in a very catch situation.
    I loved a guy for 4 years. He loved me too. But his perception to life differed from mine. He was always there for me. But since our ideology of life didn’t match up we had been constantly fighting and finally we just broke 2 days back. I am still thinking about him if I did the right thing.
    He is now ready to go and marry whoever his parents have fixed. I understand that if I marry him I need to adjust a lot with his family as our families differ in culture and creed.
    I am now confused whether to go back to him or move ahead and accept as life comes in.

    Please help.

    • Trevor

      It’s going to be OK if u keep on looking you will find the right one .There is so much people in this world to be hung upon sad for one person!maybe I could be the one for you ?good luck with everything!!!

  • Isha

    Hello my boyfriend and I are complicated, weve been thru break up many times before but the last break up we had was the most painful and it breaks my heart like my world is lost. But he said to me ” We are not finished but we arent together like we were” What does it mean? we still communicating tho but its like a friendly messages. It was all my fault , I was the one who ruined the relationship and shattered our relationship, bcuz of my insecurities thats why, he have had enough of it but the last time he told me was ” We need both a bit of space” Im so confused.

    • Criss sara

      I think he’s fond of you so don’t stop talking to him.
      But I do think that someday he would be no longer be talking to you .
      so don’t be upset cause he knows that you are a girl that he wants and you’re the right choice.
      So don’t make him upset don’t take up any stress nor give it to him just be calm and enjoy like children do.
      I hope it works.

  • Priyanka

    Thank you for the article on the emotions after a breakup, this came really helpful to me. several feeling of loneliness, sad, anger that’s described here I can totally relate to these days. I will try to look forward to my career and goals

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    Thank you for your comments on these emotions you’ll feel after a breakup – I’m glad the post was helpful.

    I’m sorry you broke up with your boyfriend, Leigh, but glad for you that you have broken free! It takes alot of courage and strength to let him go, to end a relationship. I admire you for finding your way back to yourself, for being smart and knowing that the relationship wasn’t fair to you.

    I’ll keep you in my prayers, for growth and healing and peace and joy. You will feel happy and centered again, and you will be so glad that you are where you are! It just takes time.

    Be well, take care of yourself.

  • Leigh

    I’ve gained a lot of insight and hope by reading this and the other articles regarding breakups and keeping strong. Thank you. I broke up a month ago with my boyfriend of 3 years, it was me realising that i had stayed in a relationship that had not been good to me emotionally and spiritually. It was a very hard decision to make because I love him so much. I love him unconditionally, throughout his infidelities and lies and disrespect…He had some amazing qualities too though. I spent so much time compromising my morals and beliefs to be with him because I believed he had potential to actually treat me the way he promised to..I lived for an idea instead of the present situation in the relationship..I lost myself along the way and one day I asked myself what my beliefs are? What are my dreams and goals? When I couldn’t answer this i knew that I had finally been drained of all I had to give in the relationship. I knew it was time to find myself again before I was too far gone in the resentful and detached place I had been in for a few months. I knew it was unfair on him to up his efforts if they were going to be futile. The damage was done and as much as I wanted him to be the one, he just wasn’t..It was unfair on me to be repeatedly treated in a manner I wouldn’t previously have accepted and it was unfair on him to have to bend his true desires in his life to make me happy…life is too short and precious. I only want the best for him, his happiness, even after it all… I see him everyday as we work together, it’s been hard..The situation has finally hit home and I am faced with many emotions that you have mentioned above. I am hopeful though and go day to day knowing my emotions will eventually settle. Sometimes ‘knowing’ doesn’t sooth the moments pain felt and the memories keep flooding in…I keep strong knowing I am EXACTLY where I should be in my life, nothing has been by mistake and i have no regrets.

  • Claire Laraine

    Please know that what you are feeling and experiencing right now is completely OK. You are at the beginning of your healing journey, you are going to go through all the emotions this article talks about. Its important to stay connected or start to re-connect with yourself during a break-up especially if you are feeling lonely and lost.

  • Lil'mammy

    My boyfriend and i just broke up 2days ago… and its been hell for me… i feel like my world is tearing apart, i feel so lost, i blame mysef for evrything. iiiiiiii just cant stop crying… i av no friend… he has always been my only friend, i cut off all my friends just so this relationship could work, but it didnt… now my world seems so void, i wake up everymorning with a very heavy heart… im more like a loner right now