What does self-reliance during a breakup mean?

Why do the words "self" and "reliance" seem difficult to swallow right now?

Probably because the idea of turning inward for solace rather than outward seems nearly unbearable, right? It feels good to talk it over with someone that cares about you; doesn't it? I hate to admit this but I know that I was a big pain-in-the-you-know-where to some of my friends and family members when I would go through a breakup. I didn't mean to be. I didn't "want" to be. It just so happened that I was. Sometimes, do you wish you could rely a little bit more on yourself than others? It can come in handy, say, in the middle of the night when you're feeling really sad. Or when the radio plays "your song." Actually, I'm sure that there are many opportunities during the course of any given day where helping yourself through the breakup would feel really good. Also, last time I checked, YOU are available at all times.

So what does that look like? How does it feel? Let's dive in and find out.

1. Talk yourself through it. If you're alone, I suggest doing this out loud. If people nearby are going to think you're a nut case, by all means have the conversation internally or in a journal or piece of paper. You can ask yourself questions like:

What could I do right this very moment to make myself feel better?

In the BIG picture, how important is this? Be honest! I know that I "occasionally" made an earth-shattering occurrence out of something really quite frivolous. It's hard to admit that now...so I'll move on.

Does this really deserve my energy right now? Is it something I need to address immediately? If it's not (which it probably isn't), then make a choice to turn your all-important attention elsewhere.

2. Slowly start to limit your calls/emails to others. I understand this can be difficult at first. It's okay to take baby steps. I am in no way implying that you shouldn't have conversations with supportive people in your life. You absolutely should. However, if you're contacting a few treasured folks multiple times a day perhaps try to shave off one call during that day. That's it. Pretty easy, right? As you begin to feel more mighty, you can pare the contact down as you see fit. It boosts your confidence as I explain below.

3. Choose an activity that refocuses your attention. At some point, make a list of things you like to do. You could make two lists ~ one for work and one for home. It ought to be something really simple and easy to do but fun just the same ~ something that makes you smile and feels good. Maybe it's playing a game with your kids or giving yourself a manicure or reading your favorite book. Then when you're struggling, you whip out your list, wherever you happen to be and choose one of the ideas on your list to do right NOW...and then do it.

So...what are some of the benefits of self-reliance?

First of all, if you rely more on YOU, you get to rely less on others. Sometimes, I felt like I could actually hear my friend's eyes rolling as we chatted about my saga for the THIRD time that day. It wasn't her fault at all. I would call her at the drop of a hat...whenever I had an emotion to share...or another reason why he was a cad...or whatever minute detail occurred to me about him as I went through the day. Then I'd hash it out with her...and rehash it...and then rehash the topics of our first two calls that day. Gees, no wonder she was rolling her eyes! Just thinking about it now makes me roll mine. Do you have a friend or sister/mother/aunt like this? They're your go-to person. If they're not accessible at the very moment you need them, you fret until they call you back. Or you move on to no. 2 on your list of buddies and so on and so on and so on. If you don't mind me saying, this is a pretty sucky cycle. Wouldn't it feel better if YOU felt your emotions and then comforted yourself through them?

Secondly, you may be surprised by a new confidence that starts creeping up inside you. It feels good to triumph through some momentary anguish, come out on top and give yourself a high 5 for doing it alone. Yep. Just you. You can do it. Each time, you'll feel a little stronger and stronger and stronger. It's a beautiful thing. No one can take it from you, either. You earned it and you get to keep it, Gorgeous!

Relying on YOU during a breakup is a way to be gentle and loving towards yourself. It means that no matter what happens during your day ~ you KNOW that you can and will maintain your sassiness ~ no question about it!

Shine On!

Author's Bio: 

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Laura Smith is the founder of The Breakup Lounge, a business devoted to enriching the lives of women dealing with the end of a relationship. Using her own life experiences, she has developed coaching packages offering tools to help women bring their emotions back into control while still allowing them, ideas for establishing self-care rituals, freedom from potential bitterness and resentment and positive expectations for the future. She understands all the different facets of a breakup including the fear, hopelessness, low self-esteem, whirlwind of emotions, stress and blame that can occur. She loves helping women end the heartbreak and get back to their sassy selves!