Breakups are inevitable, as is navigating a post-breakup relationship with your former significant other. And since everyone has their own unique way to wrangle exes, Twitter users are sharing their techniques for keeping the peace with the trending hashtag #HowToDealWithAnEx.
There are two schools of thought on managing the ghosts of lovers past. One says that you should cut them out of your life — social media, too — and move onwards and upwards. The other says that you should try to integrate them into your social circle as an acquaintance or friend and keep the good parts that drew you together while ditching the bad ones. Every situation varies, though, so it's really up to you (and/or a friend, family member, or therapist you trust) to decide what is the healthiest way to move forward. Of course, if your ex was in any way abusive, it's usually never a good idea to keep in touch.
So what's the next step once you decide to keep someone around but at a respectful distance? Or how exactly do you move on and never speak to someone again who meant so much to you? Twitter users answer all these burning questions and more. Here's what folks have to say about how to deal with an ex:
1. Consult The Experts
#HowToDealWithAnEx I ask Taylor Swift or Adele for advice.— Kesha Tedder (@KeshaTedder) January 26, 2017
2. Get Revenge By Living Well
Grind and become so successful that one day their friend says to them, "damn girl you should have stayed with him" #HowToDealWithAnEx— McReal (@IKeepItMcReal) January 27, 2017
#HowToDealWithAnEx move on with your life while they ruin theirs on their own— ✨PISSGOTH✨ (@wifidevil) January 26, 2017
3. Don't Deal With Them At All
#HowToDealWithAnEx— The REAL Black Fist™ (@GeneralNikkiX) January 27, 2017
Keep on walking and never look back.
Never. Speak. His. Name. Again. Andnobodyelseisallowedtoeither. #HowToDealWithAnEx— Karen Marlowe (@kamarlowe) January 27, 2017
4. Set Your Boundaries
5. Block Them On Social Media
#HowToDealWithAnEx block them on Instagram Twitter Email whatsapp Facebook avoid all contact by any means necessary— Nineteenth Ninja (@imp_real) January 27, 2017
6. Kill Them With Kindness
Wish them the best and happiness and then go get the same for yourself ✨ #HowToDealWithAnEx— grace 🌸 (@graceaauten) January 26, 2017