The Week-by-Week Breakup Survival Guide

You've just split with someone you loved dearly, and you're devastated. But as impossible as it may seem, you'll get over him. How do I know? Because I've been there. Everyone I know has been there. And I'd bet money that you could fit all the people who haven't been there into one small room. You loved, you lost—but at least you loved. We all came out the other side, and so will you. Clear the tears long enough to stop the page blurring and I'll tell you how it's done.

Getting through the next 30 seconds seems impossible when your boyfriend just broke up with you. But you really will survive this breakup. Honest. How? Follow my week-by-week breakup survival guide:

Surviving a Breakup: Week One

The minute the breakup happens call your closest friends immediately and ask them to come over. While they're on the way, call another friend or your family and don't get off the phone until the doorbell rings. Then (and only then) are you allowed to lose it completely. Cry as much as you can, shout, snort, sob —do whatever it takes to let out as much emotion as possible. Then talk. Go through the whole thing from start to finish and keep going until you can't analyze it any further (or until your friends fall asleep).

If they can't stay with you, go back to their house. Do whatever it takes (well, within reason) not to be alone on that first night. You'll cry yourself to sleep, but brace yourself: Waking up the next day is the worst moment of all.

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