It's Breakup Season: 13 Ways To Survive, According To Science

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If your relationship is feeling the spring stress, here's how to cope.

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but studies have shown that March is big for breakups. Breakup season is REAL, and that means you need to prepare yourself if you and your partner end up going separate ways.

How can you save yours? And what if it goes wrong? Here's how to survive a breakup:

1. Touch Base Regularly

Good communication is key to making a relationship work. Touching base regularly will make sure you know where your partner stands.

2. Nip Potential Problems In The Bud

Festering is never good. Deal with issues as they come up.

3. Be Grateful

If you want to save your relationship when others are breaking up, make sure you're taking time out to be grateful and appreciative of your partner. Little gestures can go a lone way.

4. Take Stock Of The Relationship

Make sure that it's really working for you, because breaking up is not always a bad thing. Spring tends to be a time to think about starting anew, which is probably why so many breakups happen. Take some time to reflect on the relationship and see if it's what you really want.

5. Don't Be Afraid To Take The Plunge

There's no point staying in a relationship that isn't working for you. Though breaking up might feel awful, you'll feel stronger on the other side.

6. But Give It A Mourning Period

If you do break up, there's no need to rush into something new. Take as much time as you need. Not only will it help you get over it, it'll keep you from running into another bad relationship.

7. Talk It Out With Someone

Studies have shown that talking and reflecting on a failed relationship can help you get over it better. So find a friend who is a good listener and let it all out.

8. Take A Big Social Media Detox

Say it with me now: unfriend and unfollow. If you're having trouble getting over a breakup, try to limit your stalking. I now that it's hard, but it helps.

9. Understand What It Does To You, Scientifically

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Breaking up has a very real, very physical effect. Take a look at what breaking up does to your brain and, by extension, to your body. Understanding what's going on can help you deal with it.

10. Let Yourself Off The Hook

When you're going through a breakup, you're probably going to do something stupid. Maybe it'll be a random hookup you regret, maybe it'll be drinking too much, maybe it'll be eating a lot of sh*t food. It doesn't matter— don't be too hard on yourself. It's not going to help anything.

11. Get Some Fresh Air

It's like a magical elixir. It'll help you clear your mind out of all the cobwebs.

12. And Some Exercise

Along with fresh air, exercise is my answer to everything. It's not about losing weight or even about getting fit— it's about the endorphins which can totally change your mood. If a spin class isn't your thing, even a big walk or hike will do the trick.

13. Take Care Of Yourself

If you go through a breakup or even if your relationship is going through a rough patch, taking care of yourself is key. Make sure that you're spending time with people who love you and doing things that make you happy. Sometimes it's that simple.

Spring can be a really transitional time for relationships, so strap in. Take some time to reflect on your current relationship then either give it extra attention or take a leap of faith and make room for something better. But either way, you're the priority.

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