Breakups are simply the worst. But when your heart feels like it’s been trampled, know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
“Barely Functional Adult” illustrator Meichi tackles the pain, confusion and even humor of splitting up in her comics. Here are the seven spot-on stages of going through a breakup, in comic form.
1. Knowing when it’s time to move on.
2. Feeling completely and utterly devastated when it’s over.
No matter who ends the relationship, it’s utterly heartbreaking. Grieving your loss is an important part of the process, but that doesn’t mean it won’t feel like hell. Breakups can impact your self-worth, your sense of identity ― even your health. But letting yourself feel pain is far better than the alternative. Speaking of which...
3. Pretending like everything is fine.
We’ve all done it. We’ve bottled up our emotions and buried them, only to have them resurface at the most inopportune times. Our advice? Don’t suppress your feelings. Wallowing can serve as a coping mechanism that will allow you to heal gradually.
Listen, it’s only natural to want to temporarily stifle the pain of a breakup by reaching back out to your ex. But the fleeting satisfaction of reconnecting with your former flame doesn’t compare with the inevitable disappointment you’ll feel when nothing changes.
5. Leaning on your friends and family for support.
6. Letting the heartbreak run its course.
As they say, time heals all wounds. It might not be what you want to hear when you’re in the throes of relationship grief, but it’s actually scientifically proven.
Research published by the American Psychological Association indicates that getting space from a broken relationship allows you to heal mentally and emotionally. If you give yourself enough time, you will come out of this intact.
7. Finally getting over it.
One day, the pain will subside and you will finally feel like enjoying life again. On that day, here’s hoping you have a friend as good as the one in the comic above to keep you from getting too out of hand!