Earlier this month, Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie announced that they're calling it quits after three years of marriageÃ¢â‚¬”but Hilary's not just staying holed up while she works through the fallout. Earlier this week, she was photographed on her way to an art class, according to People.
Apparently, Hilary's on to something: One of the best ways to beat the breakup blues is to get involved in something that de-stresses you and occupies your mind (like painting or sculpting), says Los Angeles-based psychologist Seth Meyers, Ph.D. Check out some of his other favorite ways to get through a split in one piece:
Volunteer at a Local Animal Shelter
Not only will it stop you from thinking about what went wrong (cleaning out cages or walking dogs is a great distraction), but working with animalsÃ¢â‚¬”and experiencing the unconditional love they're so great at giving outÃ¢â‚¬”can also have a therapeutic effect. That's key since late-night heart-to-hearts with friends can only take you so far.
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Hit the Gym
"Exercise is the activity I most highly recommend for coping with a breakup," says Meyers. It doesn't matter whether you choose to go for long runs, take a kickboxing class, or roll out your yoga mat; whatever helps you shake off stress and focus on something productiveÃ¢â‚¬”especially something other than your ex, be it feeling fit, losing weight, or feeling more centeredÃ¢â‚¬”will be worth your while.
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Dealing with a breakupÃ¢â‚¬”while also juggling the usual from family, friends, errands, and everything elseÃ¢â‚¬”can leave you feeling frazzled and overwhelmed. Luckily, breathing in some fresh air can do wonders. "Take walks in serene surroundings to calm your nerves and restore a sense of internal balance," suggests Meyers. Even just one afternoon away from your clogged e-mail inbox can help you feel like you're in a better place.
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