A #Glutenfree Girl's Guide to Turn a Breakup into a Career Breakthrough
According to The Date Report, 85 percent of relationships end in breakups. My first relationship wasn't an exception. Recently, I shared five gluten free lessons that my first relationship taught me - and it's actually one of my most popular posts to date. My breakup, though, taught me just as much - and, in some ways, it actually helped me find work at Entity Magazine, where this article first appeared!
Although it may feel like it at first, when a relationship ends, that doesn’t mean the rest of your world has to go with it. In fact, with these tips (from my personal experience and experts) you can turn a breakup into a career breakthrough.
1. Consider any restrictions you also lost.
We know, we know. You wanted to be tied down – or at least have a cute guy tagging along for the ride. But after a breakup, it can help to consider all the restrictions you’ve also lost. Your relationship restrictions could involve places you could live, jobs you could take or even hobbies you could explore. The important part is to realize that your newly single status might open plenty of doors in your career and overall future.
2. Embrace new activities…
The hardest part about a breakup is that your routine suddenly shatters. No more Friday date nights or texts when you wake up or go to sleep. According to Metro, one of the best ways to adapt to this change is, ironically enough, inviting even more change! Laura Yates advises trying to learn something new, whether by taking a cooking class or a course in cage fighting. If there’s anything you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time, here’s your chance.
|Or checking out the local festival for Dia de los Muertos!|
While it can be helpful to keep some parts of your life the same (think of them as a grownup safety blanket) after a breakup, new activities can help you grow and discover new passions.
3 … and new people to mentor.
With your social calendar suddenly wide open, this is also a great time to dive into networking or even find someone to mentor. According to therapist, author and TV host Dr. Sheri Meyers, studies show that the happiest people give the most to others. In the context of a breakup, cozying up to your fellow coworkers – for instance, by having girl’s night on your old date night – can not only make the office a friendly place, but it can also give you other relationships on which you can now focus.
|You may even get the chance to teach your peers!|
4. Cuddle with your computer instead of your ex.
What about those nights that feel so empty without your favorite cuddler? At least in my experience, cuddling up with your computer makes for a decent replacement. I don’t just mean drowning your sorrows in Netflix, though. Instead, spend your free time updating your LinkedIn and other work-related social media profiles and upgrading your resume. If you’re currently unemployed or curious about other fields, you can also spend this free time exploring your options and researching possible career skills you could strengthen. You might not have had the time, energy or motivation to chase these opportunities while in a committed relationship.
5. Embrace healthy habits.
Eat better, feel better, do better. It’s a pretty simple equation, but in the chaos of everyday life – especially as a working woman – it can often be forgotten. After a breakup, though, Dr. Sheri Meyers stresses that eating healthy and regularly, getting plenty of sleep and developing an exercise routine is especially important. Not only do you have extra time to cook healthy meals or take trips to the gym, but you also have some extra energy. Instead of caring for two people, you can focus on yourself.
|You could even do a mud run!|
6. Reflect on your life and past accomplishments.
You’ve probably heard of the cliché that people’s lives flash through their eyes when dying. In terms of a relationship ending, that is not only true, but also healthy. As Metro explains, the end of a relationship allows people to reflect on their lives. What worked in the relationship and what didn’t? What, if anything, would you change? This reflection involves more than just the romantic actions of two people, though. You can also consider actions you’ve taken in all areas of your life, including work.
7. Pat yourself on the back for what you've accomplished since.
Take a moment and – whether you broke up two hours or two years ago – pat yourself on the back for everything you’ve accomplished since then. Maybe you’ve scored an awesome new job or maybe you’ve just managed to go to the office every day without looking like a sobbing mess. In fact, what you accomplish isn’t actually the most important part; instead, it’s that you’re doing, trying, succeeding at something. It’s working to prove to others and yourself that, yes, the breakup hurt. But you will survive and even thrive.
|Who knows what mountains you'll climb?|
*Although I wrote this post, it first appeared at Entity Magazine. Check out my other Entity articles here!*
*Also found at Let's Get Real, Dare to Share and Share Fest*