Bouncing Back from a Break-up / Moving On from a Relationship

Engage emotionally | Let yourself grieve the loss of the partner/relationship. This is only natural vs. unnatural to repress it

Acceptance | If it's ended then it's likely because you are not 'supposed to be together' e.g. at least one of you isn't right for the other

Forgive and forget | Not always possible but almost always healthy to use the experience as an opportunity to show dignity/humanity

No contact rule | Depending on the nature of breakup, it's often a good idea to give them/yourself some space, for a while at least

Out of sight, out of mind | Depending on how emotionally vulnerable/insecure one is, it can be helpful to remove all traces of one's ex

Watch out for manipulation | Human nature being as it is, it's rare for young people to make a totally clean break. Don't get sucked into games

Avoid revenge mentality | Apart from anything else this is a total waste of energy and you risk losing the moral high ground if things get petty

Listen to your gut | Also listen to reason e.g. consider patterns of behaviour over time, rather than just salient events/your own insecurities

Staying friends | See above comments - few can hack it but in certain circumstances it can actually be healthy/helpful to stay on friendly terms

Be around people | Also busy yourself, and do reach out to dependable friends and family who can support you as you bounce back

Time heals all | What seems like the end of the world one week can be just a drop in the ocean the next. Life goes on

Avoid alcohol/substance abuse | This is unlikely to bring you either physical or psychological stability, which is just what you need!

Talk to other potentials | When you're ready (not if you're still full of angst/in a beta or 'victim complex' mindset)