The Week-by-Week Breakup Survival Guide

In fact, if there's honestly any hope of reconciliation, seeing you get on with your life is far more likely to make it happen. It's been proven over and over: Act like you don't need him (even if you do) and he may well realize he wants you, too. If he comes over to beg forgiveness and notices his picture's been removed, you'll win respect, not disapproval. The quicker you accept he's gone for good—even if he isn't—the quicker you'll get over him and the more likely it is he'll want to return. It's a win-win situation. The reverse is also true: Hassle him with phone calls, texts, follow him around with puppy-dog eyes and he'll thank the Lord he got out when he did.

Surviving a Breakup: Week Three

Do some spring cleaning, both physical and emotional—first up, your flat. Unless you've just this minute finished the redecorating and that's what caused the split (am only half kidding here—renovating is stressful), consider sprucing up your home, even if it's just to change the bedspread and add a jaunty colored vase. Any (positive) change at this point is good.

Your emotional spring cleaning involves making two lists. The best strategy to accept that someone is gone is to collect as much evidence as possible to prove that you're a wonderful person who deserves better—and that he isn't as fabulous as you thought. It sounds terrible, but it's also realistic. After all, if he's that perfect for you, he wouldn't have broken up with you in the first place!

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