10 Things You Should Stop Doing Just Because You See Your Ex
Start writing a post

10 Things You Should Stop Doing Just Because You See Your Ex

Winning the breakup shouldn't even be a thing.

10 Things You Should Stop Doing Just Because You See Your Ex

So things didn’t go so well with your last relationship, and even though you two are over that doesn’t mean that’s the last time you’ll see them. When we see our ex in public most of us get angry, jealous, sad, and just emotional. Revenge is bittersweet, but here are ten things you should stop doing when you see your ex.

1. Stop running away and hiding.

You shouldn’t let your ex ruin your day and change your route. I know sometimes we want to avoid them at all costs and run as fast as possible, but that only means that they still have this control over you. You shouldn't hide behind your friends or run into the bathroom hoping that they will leave soon.

Be brave and stand your ground. Walking with confidence is an amazing feeling that you should experience more often. It’s your life and you should be as free as possible.

2. Stop trying to act cooler than you are.

Be yourself. You don’t want to give off the impression that you're this bada** chick or dude now. Sure you’re so much better off without them now but that doesn’t mean you should change your entire persona. You’re perfect the way you are and don’t need to act like anyone other than yourself.

By acting like this it could make you seem heartless, cold, ignorant and a wannabe. There's a huge difference between being cool and trying to act cool. You also don’t want to give off the impression that you’re showing off because that can make you seem conceited.

3. Don’t let your emotions cause a scene.

It’s hard to bottle up emotions when it comes to our exes, but you want to try not to cry or become angry when you see them. This anger can turn physical and you want to avoid any physical or verbal fights. You also don’t want your emotions to cause a scene, especially if it’s in a public place. If you need to express your emotions turn to a friend.

Yes, they can still make you nervous, that’s why you have your friends with you to support you through it all. You’re so much stronger than that and you deserve to be happy. As the saying goes, if it’s meant to be it’ll be.

4. Stop chasing after them.

What happened, happened. You had your time together but it is time to move on. Don’t go up to your ex begging to get back together. This makes you look weak and causes you to be vulnerable in this situation.

You have to realize that this was one person and that there are 7 billion more on this planet. No guy or girl is worth chasing after a breakup.

5. Stop using people to make them jealous.

If you’re using someone just to make your ex jealous that is just cruel. The person you are using to make them jealous may have feelings for you and you can be throwing these mixed signals in the air for your cruel intentions. Using someone in any situation is mean and heartless action.

6. Stop degrading your ex.

Sure you may still see your ex as ‘trash’ or ‘worthless,’ but you have to remember that you ex is someone's son/daughter, friend or family. Don’t degrade who the person is because of your bad experience with them. There are consequences to degrading someone for long periods of time and you don’t want to be the reason someone harms themselves. Or the reason they lose all their friends.

7. Stop degrading who they are dating.

Most of the time the person they begin to start dating doesn’t know about your past with them so why should you pick out flaws of another person? If they learned to move on, so should you. Put yourself in a better place because even though you two were not compatible, the person they are with just might be. We can easily tear someone down without knowing them.

The new person they are with could be extremely caring, but you make them out to be the monster when they had nothing to do with the whole situation (unless of course they intentionally broke the two of you apart, now that’s a different story).

8. Don’t expose them in public.

You should never expose someone in a public place. If secrets were told to you and only you, keep it that way. Do not expose someone else's problems for your mere entertainment. It is a selfish act and you don’t want to be known as the person no one can trust.

9. Stop making posts about them.

Don’t take pictures of your ex and caption them with degrading words. No one wants to know how terrible your ex is to you; this is bullying whether you know it or not. This is also really childish to do and can result in your ex feeling pretty bad about themselves.

10. Stop telling others to avoid them.

Yes, we want everyone to be on our side when a breakup happens, but this doesn’t mean you should make the situation sound worse than it really was. Don’t tell other people they should avoid your ex at all costs because you feel the need to. Once again this is bullying and people are allowed to speak to whoever they want to. You don’t want rumors of your ex spreading.

We all try to ‘win’ the breakup but at the end of it, you both lost something. But you will soon realize you’ll gain a lot more with this experience, and you must learn to be happy on your own first. Don’t turn into something you are not just to prove a point.

Report this Content
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.


The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments