What To Do When I Miss My Ex? (9 Ways To Handle The Situation)

Last updated on July 4, 2022 by April Maccario

Breaking up with someone you love could be very devastating. Realizing that the memories you shared, the love, affection, time together, and plans for the future were just a fantasy, can be so heartbreaking and depressing. 

Don't think getting over an ex is as easy as people tell you. In fact, don't let your family or friends make you feel weak or guilty when you say "I miss my ex-boyfriend" because it is normal for your feelings to be fragile after a breakup. According to Dr. Joshua Klapow “at the initial stage of a breakup, it is hard to differentiate if you are missing your ex or you miss the relationship.” 

That said, below are 9 ways I handled the situation and got my life back on track without your ex-boyfriend.

9 Ways To Stop Missing Your Ex 

1. Go through the emotions

Don’t ever stop yourself or hold back on your true feelings. Your memories together will always be with you, the good and bad times and the tough and easy times. Well if you don’t, you won’t forget what you felt or still feel. 

And it’s perfectly fine that you remember or feel something or get those emotions. Don’t force yourself to forget them. Feel the pain that comes with those memories. Cry if you have to and you will realize it does not hurt as much as before anymore. You can go through it girl, you are strong and capable.

2. Talk less of him

Are you quick to bring up his issues in conversations? It’s unnecessary making him the center of your discussions. If you want him to come back, talking about how you miss your ex so much won’t automatically make that happen. 

There are other interesting things to talk about when you are out with your friends. Avoid talking about him for some time. If you talk about him often, he will always be in your head and you will miss him more. Plus, you won’t feel better if he’s always stuck in your head.

You must not go over the same subjects over and over again; “he cheated, he is a liar, he doesn’t care.” Okay, you’ve said it, don't say it one million times more. You’ll start to feel like you need to talk about him to feel better, but that won’t help in any way. 

3. Improve yourself

Rather than focusing on how to get back together with your ex, make a deliberate decision to get better all around. Don’t lose your vibe and agility towards activities and life. Learn new things, grow, explore social media for new ideas, and learn to love yourself. 

Don’t wallow in self-pity and mess up your life. Try and motivate yourself with what you feel and stay positive. The less you achieve your goals, the less you’ll think about your ex.

4. Be conscious of your reasons to move on

be conscious of your reasons to move on

You could fool every single person in the world except one person, and that’s yourself. So endeavor to be true to yourself. There is a reason the relationship ended, so if you need to write down a list of reasons not to get back with him, then do so. 

Don’t let your emotions outweigh your reasons. Yes, this is someone you love, even though he’s your ex, I get that. But, think of the disadvantages or constant hurt that came with being in that relationship. Also, be conscious of the benefits getting out of it has brought you. Don’t be too love-sick not to count your blessings. This is a new beginning. So, focus on yourself, family, future opportunities.

5. Stop any negative self-talk

Don’t weigh yourself down by consuming your mind with negative thoughts about yourself. It wasn't your fault the relationship ended. Do not ruminate on the fact that you may not be good enough, or that you will never find someone else as awesome as he is. 

No, stop, don’t do that. Your ex may have been great, but you’ll still find love with another man that will love you even better. You are special, worthy of love, and more and if he didn’t love you right, someone would. Take control of your emotions. Since he is no longer in your life, don’t give him control over anything. Forget getting back together for now. You have to heal and grow with you and you alone, so stay positive.

6. Talk about it

When you cry your eyes out in the dark you feel relieved. Trust me, you will feel even better when you talk to a person. Share your feelings with a person that you trust, it could be a family member, a friend, or a counselor. Vent, express yourself and say everything in your heart, you could even talk to them like you are talking to your ex

Say all you want to say, keeping things to yourself can be so much torture. You can also write things down since you might not find someone to talk to every time. Rather you can get a handy notepad that you can reach anytime.

7. Don’t reach out

Don’t consider reaching out to him, at this point, it’s best to establish the no-contact rule. You mustn't get tempted to call or chat with your ex. This will only worsen the pain and make your emotions unstable. You could even agree to block each other to avoid going back. It will give him the space to miss you and you will have time to clear your head and get back to a healthier place. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder right? So don’t get too desperate.

8. Reflect objectively

reflect objectively

Focus on learning new things and gain from the whole experience. There is always something to learn from these experiences. Focus on that and build your confidence, then ask yourself these questions while reflecting. 

What do you now know about relationships? What are your expectations and wants from a guy you call boyfriend? What will you do in your next relationship? Most importantly, what did you learn about yourself? Because your sanity and stability matter most.

9. Focus on something else

Shift your attention to other productive things; read books, clean the house, cook new dishes, and just get busy. This can greatly help to keep your ex off your mind. You can even get a new hobby or make new friends and hang out more often with them. 

Just keep busy, don’t allow idle time so your mind doesn’t become the devil’s workshop. Scratch that, don’t allow any idle time so your mind doesn’t become your ex's workshop. 


Is it okay to miss your ex? 

Missing your ex is perfectly normal, especially if you were so attached to him. You share a lot of memories, dreams, and goals you probably thought you could achieve together and it takes some time to heal and get in control of your emotions again. Missing him is part of the process.

What does it mean if I miss my ex? 

It means you feel sad that your relationship ended. This doesn't necessarily mean you want to get back together. It just means you miss someone and something that was a big part of your life.

Should I call my ex if I miss him? 

No don't call him, the relationship is over so give yourself enough time to heal. Calling him just brings back memories and slows down your healing process. It makes him feel you haven't gotten over him and getting back with you won't be difficult.

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Will my ex ever contact me again? 

This depends on the individual, for some guys this can take a long time before they contact you. But in most cases, the chances of him getting back to are very slim. He can contact you if he still feels a bit connected to you and just wants a casual conversation.

Why do ex-boyfriends ignore you? 

Because they don't want to bring back old memories. This could be a sign that he still loves you and doesn't know how to handle the feelings. So he has to ignore you.

In Conclusion

I hope you found this article helpful? You need to understand that it's normal to feel hurt, cry if you have to. However, also know that the ability to move one and get over him is in your hands, so take the bold step today and handle the situation. Tell me what you think in the comment section and please don't forget to share this if the article was helpful in any way.

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April Maccario
I'm a huge nerd when it comes to understanding how relationships between men and women work, and what drives a certain behavior. I spend much of my time getting into the nitty-gritty and try to share my findings on this site with the hope of making life a little easier for women that are struggling in their relationships or love life.

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