You’ve likely experienced some form of a toxic relationship in your life. Whether with a family member or an ex, toxic people can be energy vampires.
They can take your time, love, and attention without regard or appreciation. As the saying goes “misery loves company”.
Sometimes, recognizing the early signs of a toxic relationship is the key to knowing how to move on.
But oftentimes, these types of people are initially unrecognizable and, sometimes, unavoidable. And navigating a relationship with a toxic person can be difficult.
These negative relationships can, eventually, hinder your health, happiness, and personal growth.
In this article, we’ll answer some important questions like,
- How Do You Move On From Someone You Love?
- How can you start moving on from a toxic relationship and learn how to move on toward the life you deserve?
- 3 ways you can tactfully take back control of your time, energy, and life?
You’ll also learn some sound advice on how to start moving on by applying ”3 key strategies” into your life.
Let’s jump right in…
How Do You Move On From Someone You Love?
Learning how to move on from a relationship means to live your life for you and not for others.
If your relationship ended or had a falling out with a friend, you know you’ve moved on when you go on with your everyday life.
You don’t move on by thinking of them constantly, be sad about the relationship ending, or start dwelling in the, I ‘would have’, I ‘could have’, I ‘should have’, state of mind.
Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve, Never Got Anything Done
There are many aspects to this. After ending a relationship, we’re all guilty of snooping around our ex’s social media…Yes yes, we know. We’re not here to judge, we’re here to help.
You’ll know you’ve moved on when you no longer look at their updates online and get sad or jealous when they post a picture of them being happy.
When you are stuck in your thoughts and begin to exaggerate and build fictional stories of what the other person is feeling.
You start to make it all about ‘you’ and why this is happening and get into that ‘victim mindset’. When in fact you don’t really know the actuality of anything.
Why does this happen? Because as you’re learning how to move on, you enter a state of grieving.
In 1917 Freud noted, “grieving is a natural process that should not be tampered with.” And we think that it still holds true today.
There are five stages of grieving that you will go through, and it’s important to realize this and be aware of it. It will really help you in the process of knowing how to move on and not to focus on the wrong things.
The 5 stages of grief:
An attempt to pretend that the loss does not exist. At this stage, you are also trying to absorb and understand what is happening.
A new reality has presented itself to you and you need to accept it. You’ll be experiencing extreme emotional discomfort, because any change, good or bad is never easy. There is so much to process that anger may feel like it allows us an emotional outlet.
When you begin to face reality, you begin to cope with what “was”. You become desperate not to lose the place of comfort you once had. You begin to consider any way you can avoid the current experience.
At this stage, your emotional fog and panic begin to subside and the situation will begin to feel more present and unavoidable. In these moments, sadness begins to grow, and you may feel that isolation is easier for you to deal with yourself.
Acceptance is a form of moving on. You reach a point of acknowledging that all that you could have done can’t fix or change reality. So instead of resisting, you give in to and allow yourself to start experiencing this new place. At this stage, you essentially “get back in touch with yourself” and you begin to grow again.
Counterintuitively, these five stages are a bittersweet necessary journey. You will have to remember that and push through to learn from each stage you go through.
In the end, you will learn a valuable lesson that transforms this bitter journey of self-growth, into something invaluable. It will point you in the direction of knowing how to move on to a better life, psychology and growth mindset.
You reach a place of finding personal “meaning”.
Consequently, when trying to understand “how to move on” you’ll notice that your perspective changes as well.
You begin to see things with more of an openminded approach of “whatever had to happen happened, and though it may not have worked out, you lived and you learned”.
3 Ways To Start Moving On
Although toxic relationships can be uncomfortable, and even harmful, with the right perspective they can be valuable lessons. These relationships can teach you how to move on with your life and develop a strong sense of self-worth.
As the saying goes, “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.”
That being said, making the initial change to distance and protect yourself from an unhealthy relationship can be difficult.
Here are 3 things you can do to learn how to move on toward the life of your dreams.
Change who you surround yourself with
You are the average of the 5 people you most associate with.
— Tim Ferriss
Whether you like it or not, the people you surround yourself with influence your life choices.
Perhaps you’ve heard something along these lines before (many successful people share this same message), but the reality of this is actually far deeper.
Research on happiness at the Framingham Heart Study found that you are even influenced by the friends of your friends (even if you don’t know them).
For instance, if a friend of a friend of a friend is happy with their life, you are 6% more likely to be happy with your life!
Will Smith even says, “Look at your five closest friends. Those five friends are who you are. If you don’t like who you are, then you know what to do…”
So, start hanging out with people who are more aligned with your mindset and values; the people who inspire you to grow and chase your dreams.
Try new things
Novel experiences inspire new ways of thinking. So, changing up your routine can greatly support your efforts in knowing how to move on from a toxic relationship.
This will aid your personal growth and can help you meet people who think more like you. Plus, taking up new hobbies can also provide opportunities to care for yourself.
The outdoors offers many options for self care — whether you are seeking quiet and introspective time to yourself (hiking), social interaction (swimming or biking), or adventure (snowboarding or rock-climbing).
And as an added bonus, spending time in nature can improve your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
If you’re really looking to spice it up, try traveling to a different country and immersing yourself into a whole new culture.
Above all, practicing empathy and forgiveness is the most powerful course of action to free yourself from the weight of a toxic relationship.
When you can let go of all the negative emotions that have arisen from a toxic relationship and turn the experience into a lesson on learning how to move on, you can begin to create the life of your dreams. You can look at these relationships as fertilizer for your personal growth.
In understanding and forgiving yourself and others, you turn your pain into wisdom.
To learn more about the power of forgiveness, how to forgive yourself and others, and much more, check out our guide on all things forgiveness.
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