08/20/2014 04:28 EDT | Updated 08/20/2014 04:59 EDT

13 Ways To Get Over A Breakup

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Breakups hurt. Period. For anyone who has been dumped (or has initiated the breakup), there's nothing more annoying than having others tell you to "get over it and move on."

Getting over a breakup is never easy, and if you've spent months or years invested in someone emotionally, socially and even financially, it can be hard to picture yourself with someone new — or alone. And although breakups tend to leave a lingering negative feeling for the first little while, moving on means letting go and doing things for yourself, says clinical hypnotherapist and author Colin Christopher.

In terms of a time frame on how long it takes to get over an ex, we've heard everything. Some say it takes over a year, others say 18 months while a popular theory suggests it should take as long as the duration of your relationship. But in reality, there are no set terms.

The period of being single again should allow you to not only rediscover yourself, but also to start learning when it's the right time to get back into the dating world.

Not sure where to start? Christopher has put together some of his tips on how to get over your breakup (and your ex) for good:

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