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Whether you're reeling from the end of a tumultuous long-distance relationship, trying to forget someone who cheated on youor simply trying to get over an unreciprocated crush, we're here to validate your feelings: Getting over someone you love isn't easy.

While the pain of a breakup is universal, fortunately, you won't feel sad forever. But exactly how long does it take to get over someone?

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We know, we know—that's not a very satisfying answer when you're grieving the departure of someone you truly adored. Are you telling yourself that you need to update your dating profile by next week, or go try to meet a new partner IRL? Are you angry that even after a month, you still feel queasy every time you pass your former favorite date spot?

Go easy on yourself. If you're stuck on someone who cheated on you or you're blue because someone you, err, never technically dated isn't reciprocating your feelings, you may wonder why you're so upset.

Just as there's no set timeline for grieving the end of a relationship, there aren't any rules about what you should and shouldn't feel, either. Let yourself feel your emotions.

If you do, it will be easier to move on and heal. Did you plan a future together? Did you break up after a betrayal or because you learned too late that your relationship was one-sided? She says that most people need to go through all the triggering events that may occur in the first year post-breakup—from birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. Luckily, there are ways to ease the pain and help the process.

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Juliana Morrismarriage and relationship therapist. As much as you may want to bad-mouth your ex, doing so will not help you get over them. Now that you are free from the relationship and the person, take the time to re-examine your life. Take a class, or spend time with friends while you explore the benefits of being single.

Morris agrees: Once you admit to yourself that there were parts of the relationship that were not working for you, it will help you move on, she says.

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To keep your mindset positive, Morris suggests creating a list of things from your past together that will feel good for you to let go. Of course this isn't always feasible if your friend groups are intertwined or if you're co-parenting. In that case, ignore this part. If is is possible to distance yourself, she recommends blocking them from all forms of social media and to tell your friends not to relay any information.

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In fact, she suggests taking a break from social media altogether. Does your mom still talk about her college boyfriend?

Is she still in love with him? Not likely. The truth is, every close relationship makes an impact on our lives.

Your Best Life. Type keyword s to search. First and foremost: Ditch your breakup timeline. So is every breakup.

Why does it take so long to get over someone? To move on, try to stop romanticizing the relationship. Despite the pain, respect what you had.

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