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Why Seeking Closure Is Pointless

August 25th, 2015 - By Julia Austin
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Closure is like a unicorn: at some point, every girl wants it, but it’s impossible to get. There are going to be men who leave you feeling so messed up, so betrayed, and so confused that you’re going to want answers. You’re going to demand a coffee date so you can get some “closure.” And yet, you’re going to leave that meeting feeling not better, but possibly worse. Here is why looking for closure is pointless.

Do I Have To Give Them Up Too? Breaking Up With Your Ex’s Family

August 2nd, 2015 - By Brooke Dean
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Most would agree that breakups are hard, especially if it’s a long-term relationship that has come to an end. Even in the most amicable of breakups, having to pick up the pieces and start all over again can take some serious adjustment. But imagine if it’s not just the man you have to get over. If you have gotten cozy with your ex’s family, now you may have to mourn the end of your relationship with them as well.

I remember that awkward moment when I received a friend request on Facebook from my ex’s mother. We talked on the phone here and there when her son and I dated but it wasn’t the type of relationship where we’d have lunch or go shopping. So when I broke up with him I didn’t really give my relationship with her a second thought. I didn’t give his siblings a second thought either. It was a clean break. Or so I thought.

I had moved on and started dating someone else when I began getting calls and emails from her. She wanted to continue our “friendship” and it made me feel weird. My new boyfriend didn’t dig it either. I ended up accepting her friend request and made sure to set my privacy settings for her accordingly so she wouldn’t be privy to photos that showed my new budding romance unfold. She eventually unfriended me. Now, the breakup was finally complete.

That budding romance has since led to marriage, and I not only adore my mother-in-law but his entire family. When I say entire family, I mean stepchildren, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews–I love them all. And they love me. I can go visit them and stay for holidays without my husband being present and it’s all love. They truly feel like an extension of my own family and I proudly claim them as such. It’s hard to imagine them not being in my life and since my husband and I share a son, they will always be attached to me whether I’d want them to be or not.

But what if you have no children bonding you to your ex’s family? Are you entitled to continuing your relationship with them after you and your ex break up? Even if you do share children, how much access should you expect to his family after a split or divorce? I am my husband’s second wife, and I know his ex-wife calls his mother from time to time to chat. That doesn’t bother me since she was once her son’s wife and is the mother of his other children. I understand. But if a random ex still wanted to be cool with the family, I think I’d feel some type of way about it.

Marriage can make things tricky in this area, and it depends on the maturity level and the reason for the breakup to determine how friendly in-laws should remain. I know that if my husband did something to hurt me my family would rally behind me and they’d never deal with him again–I’m sure his family feels the same way. In breakups, unless your ex does something especially heinous, his family will be loyal to him and not you, so you should expect to lose them in the breakup as well. And in some cases, even if your ex cheated on you with your best friend, his family still might have no choice but to stand in his corner, even if they secretly cry a river over him losing the best thing to ever happened to him.

If you’re more upset over the prospect of losing his family than losing him, you might simply have to get over it or simply give it time. It’s his family, not yours, and you’d want your family to be there for you the same way his family is going to be there for him. Besides, even if his family has no problem with remaining friends, you also have to consider the position you’d put them in if he started dating someone else. I know that caring about any of your ex’s future girlfriends may not seem like your problem–you may secretly want his family to hate her–but it’s not the mature way to handle the situation. He is no longer your concern and beyond Facebook or any other social media sites, I’d say the same holds true for his family.

If you must remain in contact with his family outside of children, be sure it’s really his family that you miss and not an attempt to keep your ex in your life. Also, make sure enough time and space has happened before you go hanging out with his little sister or inviting his mother for brunch. If he and his family are okay with you all remaining in each others lives then have at it. However, if you start dating again, make sure your new man is okay that you’re staying in touch with your ex’s family as well. If it’s supposed to be over, then let it be over–that goes for his granny too!

When Breakup Depression Is Clinical

June 3rd, 2015 - By Tracey Lloyd
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Breakup depression often feels like the end of the world. Your sweetie tells you goodbye, and you head for the tissues and your copy of Love Jones. But can you imagine going through your worst breakup depression when you’re already struggling with clinical depression? Adding the emotional turmoil of a breakup to an already fragile state of depression causes some deep pits of unhappiness. And while clinical depression and breakup depression manifest in similar ways, you want to be able to distinguish between typical post-breakup sadness and something more. Something serious.

Sad Thoughts Versus a Negative State of Being

Three years ago, the love of my life broke up with me; apparently he was seeing someone else while we were together. I was heartbroken, even though I’d suspected him of cheating but never asked. I was also going through a depressive episode before the breakup, so my existing state of depression increased exponentially. I took to my bed, the one we’d shared so many times, in tears. I watched Seinfeld, our favorite TV show, in tears. I walked around the apartment feeling emotionally devastated and empty, like a worthless dishrag. In truth, I’d been struggling with all of those feelings during my depression; the breakup only intensified my current state.

When you go through a breakup, you can question yourself, how attractive you are, and your behavior. Those aspects of your being are also challenged within a depressive episode.  Instead of thinking, “Why didn’t he love me?” my depressed brain upped the ante to, “Nobody will ever love me again!” “I must have done something wrong to make him leave me” became “I always do the wrong thing!” During my breakup depression, my clinical depression made the typical thoughts more negative and, thus, more damaging.

Apathy Versus Lethargy

When my relationship ended, I spent a fair amount of time in front of the TV with a carton of ice cream. I know, I was enacting the stereotypical behavior of a woman who has just been dumped. But ice cream is soothing, and it doesn’t require much energy to eat, so that is the reason that was my go-to comfort food during my depression and after my breakup. But eating isn’t the only depressive symptom I felt. My energy and motivation became abysmal. I didn’t change out of my night clothes. I slept all of the time and didn’t want to leave the house. I’d experienced those symptoms when my clinical depression was most severe, and the breakup restarted my lethargic behaviors.

Physical pain is another symptom I experienced after my breakup. Not just the tightness in my chest accompanying my heartbreak, but also muscle aches, pains, and headaches. Sometimes these pains were caused by staying in bed, but other times they appeared without reason. Body pains are a well-known symptom of clinical depression and, like the emotional symptoms, they were brought about by my breakup.

Choosing My Mood

After the requisite few weeks of crying at love songs and eating ice cream out of the container, I came out of the physical manifestations of my breakup.  However, the negative thoughts about the breakup remained, along with the others I grappled with in my long-term depression. To reprogram the negative thoughts into positive ones and lift my mood, I worked to put more rational thoughts in their place. If I worried about never finding love again, I started thinking, “I am loveable. I have people in my life who love me.” Or better yet, “My ex is only one person; there are so many men I’ve never met who could love me.” Putting a more rational spin on my negative thoughts helped reduce their frequency and their impact on my mood.

Shaking off my breakup depression also helped me do other things to abate my clinical depression. Once my mood improved through positive thinking, I started taking better care of myself. Instead of depression junk food I ate fruits and vegetables. I felt good enough to put on clothes instead of wearing my pajamas and bathrobe all day. My tears didn’t disappear, but they lessened since I no longer spent my days laying in bed, caught up in a negative train of thought about my ex-boyfriend. Simply put, I had to choose to think differently about my romantic future in order to start taking steps toward manifesting it.

Tracey Lloyd lives in Harlem, where she fights her cat for access to the keyboard. You can find more of her experiences living with bipolar disorder on her personal blog, My Polar Opposite.

Does It Make Financial Sense To Call Off A Wedding Last Minute?

May 20th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Have you ever received an invitation to attend a wedding and made the necessary arrangements only to get a heads up days before the event it wasn’t going to happen?

Yeah, that’s pretty crazy.

Former Alaskan governor and vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin took to Facebook recently to announce her daughter Bristol and fiancé no longer plan to exchange vows. The wedding was supposed to take place in a few days.

Of course it’s always great to dodge a bullet, especially when it comes to something big like marriage. Too many people jump into what’s suppose to be an everlasting union only to call it quits just as fast as they said “I do.” Yes things happen and folks can change over time, but when you have that “don’t do it” gut feeling, one can only hope you decide to listen to it.

Thankfully my husband and I have been doing very well in the marriage arena. Coming off our third wedding anniversary (we’ve been together for a total of seven and a half years), we have high hopes of going to the “upper room” together. Even though we didn’t jump into an engagement and rush to get married, we know of a few couples who unfortunately could not stand the test of time. In fact, many of them were together much longer than us before they even thought about becoming husband and wife.

There’s just no concrete formula to making something work.

While I didn’t have a bad feeling walking down the aisle, my mother tells me she did. My parents practically grew up together and dated throughout their high school and college years. Making the choice to exchange vows at City Hall, my mom said she felt it was the wrong decision, but was too chicken to leave my dad at the altar. Luckily for me she didn’t and the two divorced around my fifth birthday.

With the cost of weddings getting higher and higher these days, I can only imagine the sting a couple feels after calling things off. Not only do you have to deal with the emotional aspect but more than likely won’t get back any money you put into creating your special day. Sure that’s not important in the grand scheme of things (peace of mind is), but does it make more financial sense to listen to your gut sooner than later — assuming you had these feelings before the week of your wedding?

And what about the wedding party and guests? Those involved with the special day have been saying no to related events (e.g. bachelorette party and bridal shower) as it costs a small fortune. Like other guests who plan to attend, many will have to shell out money for travel expenses like airfare, hotels and dining. One can only hope everyone is understanding of the couple’s decision (it is what it is at this point), but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some who are in their feelings for spending money they might not get back.

What a mess.

Maybe Bristol and her former beau have enough money not to care about these things, but I’d like to think the average person would.

How would you handle a situation like this? If you happen to find yourself questioning your future nuptials, here are some financial tips for calling off a wedding?

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Bust The Windows Out Your Car: 15 Celebrities Who Got Revenge On Their Exes

November 10th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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From hot grits on Al Greene to Nicki Minaj’s Waiting to Exhale moment: these are the cases of celebrity exes that go ham. Do you have a tale of revenge you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it in the comments section!

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj must have been waiting a long time to exhale when she finally ended things with her fiancee Safaree. Reports say that she was so mad when she broke things off that she chased him out of the house with a bat, smashed up his benz (a gift from her) and threw all of his clothes away.

What really went on between these two? You can hear it all in her new single Bed of Lies.

The 15 Most Trifling Breakup Texts Ever Sent

October 7th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Breakup texts should be at the top of everyone’s list of zero-class breakup moves to never pull. But these people broke the rules and made it clear why their exes might just be better off.

Not Really The Time For Knock-Knock Jokes

Is he serious? “Heartless” doesn’t begin to cover it.

15 Great Things That Happen After A Breakup

September 2nd, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Breakups are always terrible. But after the storm, some of those clouds have silver linings.

15 Great Things That Happen After A Breakup

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You Reconnect with Your Friends

They say that for every serious relationship you have, you lose two friends. But that doesn’t have to be permanent. Now that you’re not occupied with a significant other you can reconnect with the friends that got left behind.

Rolling In The Deep: The Perfect Breakup Album Playlist

August 27th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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One of the only good things that happen during a breakup is how hard breakup songs jam. Your heart is broken, your love is over, but these albums make the pain just a little bit easier.

Usher – Confessions

Almost every single song on this album is proof positive that Usher is one of the undisputed kings of the breakup album. These songs may be about Usher’s breakup with Chili, but they feel like they’re written just for what you’re going through.

Don’t Do It, Girl: 15 Things Not To Do After A Breakup

August 20th, 2014 - By Erica R. Williams
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I’ve been guilty of turning an already bad breakup into an even worse one. Every mistake that you can make after parting ways with an ex, I’ve made.

I’m a vocal person who likes to have the last word and get all of my emotions out, but I can also be moody. This is a bad combination for a breakup. One minute I can be apologetic and the next minute, depending on my ex’s response, I might spew out less than pleasant remarks and call an ex everything but a child of God.

So from my experience I can tell you that breaking up is never easy, but there are some things you can do to make the process even worse. I’ve learned from my mistakes and hope that these tips can prevent you from making a bad breakup into a super ugly one.

7 People To Stay Away From During A Breakup

March 10th, 2014 - By Julia Austin
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When you’re going through a breakup, you want comfort wherever you can find it. But some comfort comes at a price. Here are seven people to stay away from during a breakup.