So, you have come to the x, y, z of your relationship, otherwise known as the end of a partnership that has impacted your life in some way and has left you slightly changed. As you pull yourself out of the post-breakup slump, filled with replayed break up songs, empty Ben and Jerry containers, crumbled tissues, and an unkempt household, you will start to rebuild the foundation of your emotional state. As you carry on with your life, you will start to heal and come to terms with the breakup. However, the sense of longing will creep in during unexpected times and the consideration of a post-breakup friendship may weigh heavily on your conscience. There are significant benefits and sinkholes in becoming friends with an ex that should be contemplated before making the crossover to the friend zone.
The choice of staying friends should not come easy, for it takes sincere consideration on whether or not the transition is for the right reasons. Once you have taken the time to sort out your feelings and come to a decision, talk to your ex to see if they feel the same way.
If you both agree that you would prefer to remain friends, follow these helpful tips and guidelines as you navigate your way through the friend zone.
12 Take Time To Heal
11 Re-establish Yourself
10 Get In Touch With Your Emotions
9 Know What You Really Want From The Friendship
8 Keep The Relationship Strictly Platonic
7 Be Emotionally Independent From Your Ex
6 Meet Others
5 Don’t Over-Think The Friendship
4 Back Off If Romance Creeps In
3 Respect Your Ex's New Relationship
2 Don’t Live In The Past
1 No Jealousy
Be happy for your ex when they find love or are exceeding in the personal or professional life. Jealousy shows that you are not over the break up and need more time apart to heal. Encourage progression and focus on advancing in your own life. There will come a time when your ex will find a new love, where you then have to stand back and respect the blossoming partnership.
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