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September 07, 2019 Wedding Anniversary Wishes No comments

It hasn't stopped us from staying together and working to fall in love with each Negative Sentiment Override = when it starts to feel like you don't love each other We need a bit of a rose-colored lens we see our partner through, otherwise.


Part 1

Giving Yourself Space

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    Recognize that pain is normal. When you love someone who doesn't love you back, it hurts. It turns out that “heartbreak” is a very real physical sensation: the pain from rejection activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for things like your heart rate and muscle tension.[2] It’s natural to feel hurt if you love someone who doesn’t return the feeling. Accepting that your feelings are normal can help you process them.
    • Romantic rejection can actually trigger the same response in your brain as withdrawing from drug addiction.[3][4]
    • Psychologists estimate that about 98% of us have experienced some form of unrequited love. Knowing you’re not alone may not make the pain go away, but it may be easier to bear knowing that you’re not the only person to go through this.[5]
    • Rejection can also cause depression.[6] If you notice any of the following, get help from a mental health professional immediately:[7]
      • Changes in your eating or sleeping habits
      • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
      • Changes to your normal mood
      • Trouble controlling negative thoughts
      • Thoughts of harming yourself
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    Allow yourself time to grieve. There's nothing wrong with having to grieve, as long as you don't get stuck there. In fact, it's healthier to let yourself be sad than it is to try to suppress those emotions.[8] Denying or minimizing how you feel -- such as saying “It’s no big deal” or “I didn’t love her anyway” -- will actually make it worse in the long run.[9]
    • If you can, take some time out of your life to process your sadness. This will help create a healing space for you to deal with your grief. For example: when you first realize (or are told) this person will not love you back, then you should take some time to be alone somewhere, even if it's just going for a 15-minute walk at work.
    • Avoid wallowing in despair, however. If you haven't left your house in weeks, you aren't showering, and you're wearing that ratty old sweatshirt that should really just be burnt, you've gone overboard. It's natural to feel sad, but if you don't try to get focused on your life again, you'll just keep thinking about and loving that other person.
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    Recognize that you cannot control the other person. Your immediate reaction to learning that the other person doesn’t love you in the way you love them may be to think, “I will make them love me!” This type of thinking is very natural, but it’s also incorrect and unhelpful. The only thing you can control in life is your own actions and responses. You can’t persuade, argue, or bully someone into feeling something s/he doesn’t. [10][11]
    • It’s also a good idea to remember that you can’t always control your own feelings, either. You can work to control your responses to those feelings, though.
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    Take some time away from the other person. Part of creating space for yourself to grieve and to move on is not having this person as part of your life. You don't have to cut this person out of your life completely, but you do need to take a break from him or her.[12]
    • You don’t have to be unkind or cruel. Just ask the other person to give you a little time to get past the feelings you’re working through. If the person really cares about you, s/he’ll give you what you need, even if it isn’t the most pleasant experience.
    • If the person you're trying to stop loving is someone that you've relied heavily on in the past for emotional support, find a different friend to help fill that role. Ask a friend if you can reach out to him or her when you get the urge to talk to the person you're trying to avoid.
    • De-friend the person on social media, or at least hide his/her posts. Delete the person from your phone so you aren't tempted to re-initiate contact. You don't want to be constantly reminded of the other person and everything s/he’s doing. It will make it harder to keep your distance.
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    Express your feelings to yourself. Expressing your emotions, rather than bottling them up and waiting for them to explode, can help you accept that you’re going through a painful experience.[13] When we experience loss or disappointment, it’s natural to have trouble dealing with it, at least at first. Don’t belittle yourself for feeling this way or try to ignore the feelings in the hopes they’ll go away. Express them openly and honestly.[14]
    • Cry if you want to. Crying can actually be therapeutic. It may reduce feelings of anxiety and anger, and can even reduce your body’s feelings of stress. If you want to grab a box of tissues and cry your eyes out, go for it.[15]
    • Avoid violent actions such as screaming, shouting, punching things, or breaking stuff. While this may “feel good” at first, research suggests that using violence to express your anger -- even towards an inanimate object -- can actually increase your angry feelings.[16] It’s healthier and more helpful to reflect on your feelings and examine why you feel this way.[17]
    • Expressing your emotions through creative pursuits, like music, art, or a favorite hobby, can be very helpful. However, it’s a good idea to stay away from things that are very sad or angry, such as death metal music. These may actually make you feel worse when you’re feeling down.[18]
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    Realize that you are better off. It doesn't matter how great the person is, if s/he doesn’t love you, you could not be happy with that person. It’s very easy to idealize someone, especially if you have invested a lot of energy in falling in love with him or her. Stepping back to examine the reality -- without being cruel or judgmental -- can help you get some distance from that feeling of unrequited tragic love.
    • It may also help you to think about the aspects of this person that would have created a difficult relationship between the two of you.[19]
    • For example: maybe their extreme social anxiety would make it nearly impossible for them to give you the validation you need in a relationship.
    • Studies have even suggested that acknowledging negative things about the other person can help you get past romantic rejection more quickly.[20]
    • Don’t fall into the trap of saying mean things about the other person to make yourself feel better, though. Ultimately, this type of thinking can make you feel even more bitter and angry, rather than helping you heal.
    • Rejection temporarily lowers your IQ, believe it or not. If you’re having trouble thinking about your feelings in a rational way, accept that it may just take a little time to get yourself back to “normal.”[21]
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    Avoid the blame game. Just as you have no control over falling in love with this person, s/he has no control over not falling in love with you. If you go around blaming him or her for "friend-zoning" you or thinking s/he’s a terrible person for not loving you, you’re being unfair to the other person. This emphasis on bitterness will also hold you back from healing.[22]
    • You can feel upset about the person not loving you without blaming that person. Don’t let your friends play it either. Your friends may try to villainize the other person for not loving you. If this happens, thank them for their support, but say that "it isn't fair to blame him/her for something s/he can't help. Let's focus on me getting over him/her."
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    Get rid of mementos. You can cry over giving up the mementos, but it's an important step in the healing process. Having those mementos around will only make it harder to move on and that's not what you're after!
    • As you go through each item, think of the memory associated with it, then imagine putting that memory in a balloon. As you get rid of the item, imagine the balloon drifting away never to be seen again.
    • If you have physical objects that are in good shape, consider donating them to a thrift store or donate them to a homeless shelter. Imagine the all the happy new memories that oversized sweatshirt / teddy bear / CD will make for its new owner, and then let these new associations symbolize the transformation you’re undergoing in your own life.

Part 2

Implementing Short-Term Fixes

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    Avoid getting drunk and calling or texting the other person. Particularly, in the beginning, you may feel desperate to contact the other person. Your willpower may be enough to get you past this urge when you’re sober, but we all know that alcohol impairs judgment.[23] Drunkenly berating the other person for not loving you, or crying about how hurt you are, can be embarrassing for you and uncomfortable for the other person. It may even hurt your chances of developing a genuine friendship with the person later. If you think there’s a chance you may do something you regret, ask your friends for help.
    • Give your phone to your friend (preferably the designated driver) with strict instructions not to give it to you, no matter what excuse you give or how much you drunkenly beg.
    • Delete the other person from your phone. This way you won't have the option to call or text him or her.
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    Distract yourself. While it’s impossible to not think about something, it is possible to divert your thoughts elsewhere whenever you start to go down that rabbit hole. Every time those memories bubble up, distract yourself with another thought, activity, or project.[24]
    • Call a friend. Pick up a real page-turner of a book. Watch a hilarious movie. Build something. Work in the garden. Do math. Find something to engage you for long enough to get the person off your mind for a while. The more of a habit you make of not thinking about the person, the easier it will become.
    • A handy trick is to set aside a certain amount of time that is designated for you to think about that person. Don’t make this a huge amount of time; 10-15 minutes will do. When you do find thoughts about the other person creeping into your head, you can say to those thoughts: "Not now. I'll get to you later." When your “appointment” with yourself comes around, allow yourself to think about the other person. When your time is up, move on to other thoughts and activities.
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    Remember that unrequited love hurts the other person too. It may feel like your pain is the only thing in the world when you’re first rejected. However, research suggests that the person who can’t/doesn’t return your love is probably hurting too. Most people don’t enjoy causing others pain.[25]
    • Remembering that the other person may feel awful for not being able to give you what you’d hoped can give you some perspective. Usually, when a person doesn’t love you back it isn’t because s/he’s a villain who hates you or wants to hurt you.
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    Make a list of the good things about yourself. Rejection can convince you that your nasty inner critic was right all along. Don’t allow yourself to believe that just because this one person doesn’t love you that you aren’t worth love. Studies show that when you remind yourself that you are worth loving, you’re more likely to get past rejection faster and deal with later rejections better.[26]
    • Write down every awesome thing about yourself that you can think of. If you’re having trouble thinking of things, ask a friend for help.
    • Express love to yourself for these things. For example, “I may not feel strong right now, but I am killer at roller derby, and I love that about myself.”[27]

Part 3

Starting to Heal

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    Avoid memory triggers. It's hard to heal from unrequited love if you're constantly reminding yourself about the other person. Avoid seeking out that song or place that reminds you of the person or a wonderful time you had together.[28]
    • Memory triggers can be anything, from seeing a picture of that person on your Facebook feed to hearing a song that you associate with a wonderful time that you had with him or her. It can even be a smell (like apple pie, because you one time had an apple pie baking contest with him or her, for example).
    • If you do unexpectedly encounter a trigger, as you probably will, it's best to acknowledge the moment and move on from it. Don't linger over the feeling that it will inevitably bring up. For example: if the song that you associate with them comes on the radio, turn the radio off or change the station. Acknowledge the sadness and regret that comes over you, and turn your attention to something positive or neutral (what you're going to have for dinner, that trip you have coming up).
    • Remember, you're not going to have to avoid these triggers forever. You just want to make the healing as easy as possible and constant reminders make that process more difficult. When you've moved on, the triggers might still recall the other person but it will be less painful.
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    Talk it out with someone. It's best to get the emotional and difficult aspects of the healing process off your chest. If you cling to those emotions, it will make it harder to release them in the long run. Find someone to talk to about what you're feeling and what you're going through.[29]
    • Make sure that it's someone that you trust. This could mean a friend that you know won't try to speed up your healing. It could mean a family member who lets you call them when you're feeling upset. It could even mean a therapist, especially if this is a long-term love that you're really struggling with or that is tied up with other issues.[30]
    • You can also journal about your feelings if you don't feel like you can or want to talk to another person. One good thing about journaling these feelings is that you'll be able to track your healing process, which will give you proof that it's possible to get over your unrequited love.
    • Talking with someone who’s gone through something similar can be very helpful. You can ask them about their own experiences and how they coped.
    • The people who have gone through the same experience can really understand one another's problem. You will have to describe less to them than others and they would be able to understand even more.
    • Don't expect everyone to understand. People who have not gone through what your experience may not be able to empathize the way you would like them to.
    • Develop your spirituality. This can really prove to be a very strong weapon for you and can also help you to make you very resilient in your tougher times.[31]
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    Strengthen your support networks. One of the big side-effects of rejection of all sorts, but especially romantic rejection, is feeling disconnected or isolated from others. You may not be able to have the relationship you want with this one person, but you can strengthen your relationships with the other people in your life.[32]
    • Studies show that interacting with people you love can help speed up your body’s recovery time. Since emotional pain often manifests physically, spending time having fun with loved ones can help you recover from that unrequited love.
    • Fun is particularly important because of how it works on your brain. Having fun reduces your feelings of anger and can help you feel positive.[33] Laughter really is the best medicine: it releases endorphins, your body’s natural mood-boosters. It can even increase your body’s ability to tolerate pain.[34] So go see a silly movie, sing drunken karaoke, bounce on a giant trampoline -- have fun, laugh, and learn to heal.
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    Challenge unhelpful thoughts. Certain patterns of thought can sabotage your healing process and make it far more difficult to move on.[35][36]
    • Remember that you can live without the other person and that he or she is not perfect. You are fully capable of loving someone else.
    • Remind yourself that people and situations change. What you feel now is not how you're going to feel for the rest of your life, especially if you're actively working towards feeling differently.
    • Don't blame yourself or feel stupid for having these feelings. It happens to everyone and you have been strong enough to get over it. So, feel proud of yourself for that.
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    Treat this as a learning experience. Nobody wants to have their heart broken. However, if you can reframe this romantic rejection as an experience to learn and grow from, it will become more than just a sad time in your life. You can use it to motivate positive growth for the future.[37]
    • For example, find things to honor about your experience. Sure, you put your heart out there and the other person didn’t want it. But you were strong and brave enough to be vulnerable! Without the willingness to accept vulnerability, we can’t connect with other people or experience deep emotions such as joy and love.[38]
    • Consider whether this is part of a larger pattern. Some people may repeatedly fall for others who reject them, especially if you didn’t feel secure in your emotional attachment to your parents as a child.[39] If you’ve fallen for people who rejected you more than once, you may be subconsciously choosing people who repeat the same issues you had with your parents. You may find it helpful to talk through this with a therapist.
    • Remind yourself that through this experience, you’re learning things like strength and self-reliance. Being rejected isn’t the most enjoyable ways to hone these skills, but if you focus on learning rather than wallowing, you’ll emerge stronger on the other side.[40] You may even come to a better understanding of your emotions and needs.[41]
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    Change up your routine. Studies show that doing something new, such as going on vacation or even taking a different route to work, is one of the absolute best ways for you to break old habits and replace them with new ones.[42]
    • If you can’t afford to do this in a big way, make little, everyday changes. Visit a new part of town. Try a new hangout on Saturday night. Rearrange your furniture. Get into a new band. Learn a new hobby, like cooking or rock-climbing.
    • Try to avoid doing something super drastic, unless you're sure you really want it. This is a time when a lot of people chop all their hair off, or get a tattoo. It's best to wait until after the initial healing before making this sort of change.
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    Find yourself. Because you've been so caught up in loving someone, you may have forgotten what it's like to be just you. Healing from unrequited love is a great time to find out who you are aside from your feelings for another person.[43]
    • Work on your personal growth. Don’t change things about yourself simply because the other person may not have liked them. However, if there are aspects of yourself that you’d like to develop, go for it. Learn a new language. Develop a new gym routine. Take up flamenco guitar.
    • Develop the things that make you unique. While you've been spending so much time obsessing over this other person, important aspects of you have been languishing on the side of the road. Get involved with the things and the people you didn't have as much time for while you were dealing with this unrequited love.
    • Resist the urge to personalize this rejection. It’s easy to feel like the other person rejected you because you weren’t pretty/smart/buff/whatever enough. Learning to avoid this type of fallacy will help you feel less emotionally damaged. It will also keep you from trying to “fix” yourself in an attempt to win the other person’s love. Remember: it isn’t about you.[44]
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    Push yourself outside your comfort zone. Trying new things will help get you out of your normal routine and won't have associations with the person you're trying to get over. This will make it so that you're too busy trying new things to obsess over that person who didn't love you back.[45]
    • Pushing yourself past your comfort zone has other benefits, too. Too much comfort has been shown to reduce your motivation to make changes. A tad of uncertainty will help you transform things in your life that need work.[46]
    • Learning to push yourself past your comfortable boundaries also makes it easier to deal with uncertainty next time. Taking (controlled) risks and challenging yourself allows you to accept vulnerability as a fact of life, making you less likely to feel destroyed the next time something unexpected happens.[47]
    • If you give in to the fear that this rejection was because of you, you may never try anything again. Pushing yourself to take risks, even small ones, will help keep you from withdrawing into a shell of fear.[48]

Part 4

Moving On

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    Know when you're ready to move on. There's no set time period for moving on from unrequited love. Everyone goes at a different pace. However, there are some signs that you're ready to move on from the person who wasn't interested in loving you.[49]
    • You start noticing what is going on with other people. A lot of times when you're in the grieving stage you tend to get a little self-absorbed. When you start taking an interest in what everyone else has been doing you'll find that you're well on your way into the healing process.
    • You've stopped wondering if it's the other person every time you get a call (especially if it's from a number you don't recognize).
    • You've stopped seeing your own story in songs and movies about unrequited love. In fact, you've started expanding your repertoire to include things that aren't about love, or the pain of love.
    • You've stopped fantasizing about your unrequited love suddenly coming to the realization that s/he does, in fact, love you and always has.
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    Avoid relapse. Even when you're ready to move on, you can sometimes hit a relapse if you're not careful. It's like taking the stitches out of a wound too early. It's healing up nicely, but it's not ready for strenuous exercise quite yet.
    • Avoid doing things with the other person or letting him/her back into your life until you're sure that this won't cause you to get back on the swoon-train.
    • If you do find yourself relapsing, don't sweat it too much! You've already put in a lot of work to get over them and that work will pay off. Setbacks happen and if you give up right away, it will be harder in the long run.
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    Get back in the game. Put yourself out there, meet new people, flirt, and remind yourself how great it feels to be a catch. Your confidence surely needs the boost – and in the meantime, you’ll meet interesting new people. In fact, every time someone is better in some way than the person you’ve been chasing – better looking, funnier, smarter, more down to earth – make note of it. It’ll put things into perspective.
    • You don't necessarily have to be on the look-out for a new relationship. Just enjoying the presence of new people can be a big pick-me-up.
    • Be very careful with rebounding. While sometimes a rebound is just what the doctor ordered, it only works when you’re emotionally ready for it, you’re honest with yourself about the fact that it’s a rebound, and you’re honest with the other person about the fact that it’s a rebound. Don’t make this new person feel as miserably in love with you as you are with the person you’re trying to get over.[50]
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    Stay encouraged. Getting over someone you're in love with isn't easy! Any steps you make towards getting over the other person should be celebrated. You should also remember that just because this person didn't return your love doesn't mean that no one will.


  • Realize you deserve someone who treats you as well as you treated them.
  • Remember that love must be reciprocal; otherwise, you will lose precious years of your life waiting for something that will never happen!
  • Learn to love yourself before you go looking for someone new to fall for.
  • Make a new start.
  • Set small goals at a time and try to achieve them. That way you'll also interact with new people and realize that you can be successful, too.
  • Talk to that person for sometime and ask for his/her feelings about you. But don't force that person to be in love with you.
  • Take time to notice what’s going on in your life and give yourself some loving as as well, because when your body feels great and looks great, there’s always new opportunities around the corner.
  • Lots of loud music such as rock can push it out of your system. For example, do you see a rocker get upset or butthurt about it?


  • Don't settle for a relationship without love. You may think that you'll be able to convince the other person to love you given enough time, but frankly, this is incredibly unlikely. You and the other person won't be happy and that's not fair to either of you.

Lyrics to "Don't Stop Loving Me Now" song by Don Williams: I know I'm ready now To love you like you want me to I've finally figured out That I depend on you.

I Want To Stop Writing About You. I Want To Stop Loving You. I Want To Stop.

i don t want to stop loving you

Welcome to the Ex Games: a content series about love lost. Whether it's the realization things need to end, the act of rejection, the reality of being single, or the resurrection that is moving on, the Ex Games has every stage of a breakup covered.

And to really bring these stories to life, we've launched the Ex Games podcast, where we delve into the two sides of a break-up story with a new couple each week, and aim to end up somewhere near the truth. Because when it comes to affairs of the heart, everyone plays, but does anyone win? Let's find out. 

If there's one thing I know, it's that love sticks. The relationship might have ended, but all the feelings that came with it usually insist on following you around. I've been there, so much so that I never really stopped loving the last person I was in love with.

I don't know if this is because true love is supposed to be stubborn, or whether I'm simply stubborn when I love somebody. But even when that person deeply harms me, it's difficult for me to let them go. Maybe that's why I keep talking to people who broke my heart, even when it's clear they aren't coming back. Is this something I am doing to myself, or is it that true love never really dies? Am I delusional?

To find out, I asked two experts — a spiritual matchmaker and a psychiatrist — whether you can really ever stop loving somebody. Both Dr. Grant Brenner, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who practices in New York, and Heather Kristian Strang, a spiritual matchmaker, concurred that even if love never goes away completely, the nature of it does change.

"[You] may never stop loving the person," says Dr. Brenner, "but you're not in love."

And according to Strang, "In a spiritual sense, all true love is eternal. Death, breakups, divorce — whatever it may be — cannot destroy a true love."

You might still have feelings of fondness and care for your former partner, but when you are not in love, your brain doesn't drive you to be with them in the same way. Sexual desire fades as well. Whether or not platonic care and fondness are considered love depends on how you view the nature of love itself.  I've always found the love of friends and the love of romantic partners to be a freely flowing thing. (Although, this doesn't always work out, as I have a habit of dating and breaking up with my friends.)

Dr. Brenner says whether or not you stop being in love depends on the people involved. Some people do fall out of love when the rush and excitement of being around their significant other fades. This might happen because the strong sense of love you felt for a person was based in sexual infatuation — which is still love, I would argue, but a lesser kind.

For others, letting go of those feelings of love is harder, due to their background or their disposition. For example, therapy taught me that I have a predisposition to be stuck in love due to my relationship with my father. The long-term illnesses he has suffered since I was a child caused me to be terrified of loss, which, in turn, makes me cling harder to people who are trying to leave.

Some of us also actively hold on to love in unhealthy ways, such as by continuing contact with the person after a relationship has ended, before lingering feelings have been resolved. "Talking to the person on the phone, exchanging extended text conversations, meeting up with them, [or] talking about them a lot keeps reminding a person of the feelings and reinforcing them," says Dr. Brenner.

I have definitely engaged in some of those behaviors, but even when I'm actively trying to forget about love, I usually find it cropping up again. I can't be the only one who tried to spend a weekend not thinking about a person, only to wind up sobbing at a commercial for a television show we were supposed to watch together. This often makes me feel like my feelings of love are out of control — a force greater than myself that I have to succumb to.

Talking to Strang made me feel like being overwhelmed by the love I still felt after a breakup was a perfectly acceptable reaction to what she calls "the most powerful force in the universe." She says that love's force becomes especially apparent when love is allowed to take its natural course and move a person forward to ascend into the next stage of their life.

"Love will always be an energy that remains even if it did not [serve both of you karmically] and otherwise to continue on in a relationship in this lifetime," she says.

A relationship that serves you karmically is one that helps you heal something that happened to you in your past. They remind you of invisible wounds, like how breakups remind me of the pain of witnessing the gradual loss of my father. Relationships that do not karmically serve us, however, perpetuate these cycles of pain, without prompting us to dig deeper for self-examination. In this case, when love stays long after a relationship has ended, it might be telling you that you need to do some work on yourself.

Strang believes that true love tends to remain even after a breakup. However, it's important to be open and allow that love to transform you into the person you are supposed to become. It doesn't do anybody any good to be stuck in your feels.

You don't have to force yourself to stop being in love, though. Allowing love to exist and sitting quietly with it — observing the feeling and examining it through journaling your thoughts — is healthier than trying to shut it out all together. "When we do this, that love can then move through our body in the way it is meant to," Strang explains.

Love is supposed to be a healing force that reproduces with itself. "If it is true love, it will simply create more loving feelings within you that will positively impact your life — even if you and this [person] cannot be in a relationship any longer in this lifetime," she continues.

It's after I lost love that I experienced some of the periods of my most rapid growth. Working through heartbreak is how I wound up writing my first novel. One of the most healing relationships I ever had was with a close friend of mine. Prior to dating him, I had a history of dating men who were hyper-masculine and seemed to get off on destroying my self-esteem. They rarely made me feel wanted, and in those relationships, I often found myself struggling to prove my worth to them.

My friend and I dated for only three months, but in that time, I think we did a lot of healing work on one another. I actually learned what it felt like to be desired and supported in my goals. Being positively impacted by this person was not the sole reason I stayed in love with them after we split, but it definitely contributed to the feelings of loving, mutual care that lingered.

The nature of a relationship — especially the nature of its end — has an enormous impact on how difficult it is to stop being in love as well. When my friend and I split up, it was an abrupt parting. We had planned on actually being together, but he had gone away for a weekend and realized he didn't have the emotional resources to be in a relationship.

We don't always get to choose how a relationship ends. Understanding that the way love unfolds — even when it's painful and involves losses — is important in developing the person you are meant to be and can permit you to make peace with the feelings you might continue to have for someone, even long after they're gone.

While Dr. Brenner explains that it is possible to stop being in love with someone, it's likely you'll experience residual feelings for a little while. However, he says that feeling like yourrelationship came to a "fitting close" can help those feelings dissipate and open you up to love again.

A "fitting close" might mean recognizing you and your partner were not compatible for each other. Or, if you don't understand why you had to split, a fitting close might mean that you have faith that you will, one day, be able to accept the loss and put it in perspective. If you don't find a way to have a fitting close, you might continue to fantasize about the person or think about the "what ifs" in the relationship. This may impact your love life down the line.

"It's more likely to interfere with future relationships because there's going to be a part that is not available," Dr. Brenner says. Emotionally, you likely will not be able to fully commit to the new relationship.

Committing to a new relationship before you are out of love with an ex might feel like you're allowing the love you felt for somebody to transform into something else. However, it's not really the healthiest approach to a new relationship. It's denial, which might mean that you still are in love with your previous partner. Dr. Brenner says it can be harder to feel content when you've met someone new while you're still in love with the person from a previous relationship."[You're] not happy if [you're] still attached to that past love," he explains.

How long a person continues to feel love for the person they parted from depends, in part, on the coping mechanisms they have developed to deal with loss. Sometimes, people can keep those feelings of love to themselves (*cough* repression *cough*),and future relationships seem to go fine on the surface.

But, distracting yourself from the ex you're still in love with through rebounding or other self-destructive habits is a form of denial and contributes to a vicious self-perpetuating cycle, says Dr. Brenner. These destructive actions don't indicate that you're adapting to your continuing feelings for another person, but that you're hiding from them. Avoiding your feelings about someone won't allow love to cause the healthy transformation that the residual feelings are supposed to bring you.

If what you are feeling is not helping you evolve, then you might not be feeling love for your partner after a breakup, but rather, jealousy. "Jealous preoccupation is not the same as love," says Dr. Brenner. Love should not seek to hold you or your ex back or to deny someone else their own personal fulfillment. If you expect your former partner owes you something because you still have feelings for them, then that is not an authentic feeling of love. Love wants the best for another person, even if that means moving on.

When you continue to love someone, seeing them move on might still be a painful experience for you — but it won't lead you to lash out at them. You will understand that the love you felt is a lesson that will inform the future loves that you, too, will meet.

When your love is true and enduring, Strang says it will expand your heart. "The energy of that love will remain for eternity, not to hold you or them back but to support a greater capacity for love and loving in future relationships," she says. When you fall in love again, it might just be that the love never really went away at all. It's simply taken on new form or transferred. And you might be surprised at how much of it you can feel at once.

True love might never die completely, but it definitely experiences reincarnation. The love you experience in one lifetime goes through many cycles. When you allow love to be a force that transforms you, you'll experience many cycles, too.

You meet a person, you fall in love, and even if the relationship doesn't work out, you can be certain that you will see that love again. Although that love might not look the same the second time around, you can bet the love you feel will be even stronger than it was before.

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"Don't Stop Loving Me Now" lyrics

i don t want to stop loving you

I fell from Holy Moses mountain
Where love's a slippery slope
And all the others I've been hanging with
Never gave me too much rope

And then one day she came to me
Love at first sight, head to toes
I love her wild, my mountain child
And that's just how she goes
And here she comes

Hey I can't stop loving you
Cause it's all I wanna do
Yeah the world needs more of this
Tell me what you put into that kiss, yeah
Now keep that coming on, let me hear my favorite song
Yeah you're all I wanna do
Cause I can't stop loving you

Got me a good ole time-y cowboy
He got my picture on the fridge
And the first time that he kissed me
We was high up on the ridge
And when we came down from that mountain
On a ride with mama kin
And for all it costs, for getting lost, there ain't no better sin
Here we go again

You know I can't stop loving you
Cause it's all I wanna do
Yeah the world needs more of this
Tell me what you put into that kiss
Now keep that coming on, let me hear my favorite song
Yeah you're all I wanna do
Cause I can't stop loving you

When I wake up and see your face
All wrapped up in a pigtail lace
And that there's nowhere else would I rather be
Than all tied up in this rhapsody in blue

Hey I can't stop loving you
Cause it's all I wanna do
Yeah the world needs more of this
Tell me what you put into that kiss, yeah
Now keep that coming on, let me hear my favorite song
Yeah you're all I wanna do
Cause I can't stop loving you

Relationships based on unconditional love survive the ups and downs of life. “ Well, maybe you just haven't met the right person yet,” I say — the totally . “If I stopped having sex with this guy, would he still want to see me?.

Do you think you can just stop loving someone, suddenly?

i don t want to stop loving you

Jetzt weine ich noch, wenn ich es brauche
Und ich lache immer noch, wenn ich kann
Und ich kann nicht sagen, wo das alles führen wird
Wenn ich nicht einmal weiß, wo ich bin
Und ich vermisse deinen Kopf auf dem Kissen
Und der Trost, deinen Namen zu sagen
Weil die Liebe nicht nur zusammen ist
Es sind zwei Herzen, die beide das gleiche fühlen

Jetzt will ich nicht aufhören, dich zu lieben
Ich will nur, dass dies weh tut, zu heilen
Ich will nicht aufhören, dich zu lieben
Ich kann nicht ändern, wie ich mich fühle
Es gibt Worte wie Verlust und Ablehnung
Und ein Ego, das auf den Boden getreten ist
Aber nach einigen Gedanken und Reflexionen
Verlierst du viel mehr als du gefunden hast
Und wenn es darum geht, zu lernen
Ich hoffe, dass du vielleicht findest
Diese Freiheit ist nicht nur für den Sieg
Es ist, was du hinterlassest

Jetzt will ich nicht aufhören dich zu lieben
Ich will nur, dass dies weh tut, zu heilen
ich werde niemals aufhören dich zu lieben
Ich kann nicht ändern, wie ich mich fühle
Ich kann nicht ändern, wie ich mich fühle

Dear self, stop fighting for someone who doesn't love you. Move on and You can't put in a coin, press a button, and get the thing you wanted.

i don t want to stop loving you
Written by Najinn
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