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Romantic relationship ending? Make your breakup a little easier with the advice in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Distracting activities
- Friends and family
- List of faults
Find a distraction
Explore activities that distract you from thinking about your ex. Ask for new responsibilities at work, take up a hobby, read the classics -- anything that pulls your attention away from staring at the phone.
Tap the network
Call your friends and family whenever you find yourself thinking about your ex. Talk out your own issues, or just listen to them for a little while.
Pick a prize
Resisted the urge for a few days? Reward yourself! You'll train your brain to associate not calling your ex with positive reinforcement.
List their faults
Make a list of your ex's negative qualities and take it out and read it every time you reach for the phone. Soon, you'll shudder at just the thought of dialing their number.
Take out the trash
Still having trouble? Purge your ex from your life. Throw out mementos, cut ties on social networks, and delete all contact info -- it's a lot easier to resist the urge to call if you don't have their number in the first place.