As a freshly single woman living in New York City, it can feel like the world is your oyster and the world is incredibly scary all at the same time.
It’s hard to find your bearings when you find yourself newly on your own, especially in a big city that makes such big promises about what it has to offer someone in your exact situation.
Dealing with your newly single status can be difficult. You have to fight the urge to stay inside so you won’t run into your ex. You have to fight the urge to run home to your parents and let them take care of you for a while. Before you give in to these urges and become an agoraphobic who lives with her parents, try the following coping techniques.
Dive Into Your Hobbies
There are undoubtedly things that you love to do for fun, right? Maybe it’s going to the movies. Maybe it’s jogging. Maybe it’s crafting. Whatever it is that you love to do (but that you kept having to put off to accommodate someone else’s schedule and needs), go do it!
The point of a hobby is to do something that you enjoy just for yourself a little bit every day. Consider, for example, the many benefits of developing a gardening hobby.
Try Something New
You know those things that you’ve always said you wanted to do and then immediately excused away because they didn’t fit in with your current self-view? Try a few of them! Do you daydream about starring on Broadway or becoming a cabaret star (and don’t want to admit that it might have been part of your motivation for moving to New York)?
Sign up for a few singing classes to hone your chops. Or try out a few dance classes. Have you daydreamed about opening up your own web design business? Take a coding class!
You are going to need your friends as you work on shedding who you were and developing who you are now (even if you feel like the same person, there will be subtle but sure changes). Unfortunately, along with your relationship status, your social circle might also be going through some changes.
The Daily Mail says that people lose, on average, eight friends after going through a breakup—especially if the relationship was long term.
This is where those hobbies and those new things you’re trying are going to become more important than ever. Thanks to sites like Meetup, you can find groups of other people who are interested in the same things you are.
Spend some time with these groups—you might not find a new best friend on the first day but you will likely find at least a couple of people with whom you can grab a coffee or see a movie.
Take Your Time
You’re going to feel pressured to get right back out there. Depending on the circumstances of your breakup, you might even be itching to get back into the dating pool. Try to go slowly.
Give yourself time to heal and evaluate. It is important to take some time to yourself and spend some time on your own. The last thing you need is to start trying to define yourself through another person’s eyes right now. Go be you!
Remember: the process is different for everybody. Some people get through a break up quickly. Others take a while to process things. Go at your own pace. Stay true to yourself and remember: you will get through this! Good luck!