Healing after a breakup takes time. And it doesn't matter if you were dumped or did the dumping or that everyone is telling you that you will eventually start feeling better, you can't help but think that no one could have ever experienced the things you went through. So give yourself the green light to get over it your way.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of ways people are dealing with their exes and it proves that there is no perfect recipe. From passive-aggressive gestures to constructive conversations, scroll down to check out the entries and upvote your faves.

#1

Found The Heart Of My Ex

Found The Heart Of My Ex

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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8 months ago

That actually looks cool.

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Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D., a Professor Emerita of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said there’s very little scientific evidence on that emotional limbo in which separated couples find themselves. However, one recent study by psychologists David Sbarra and Jessica Borelli does stand out.

#2

My Uncle's Halloween Costume Is The Scariest Thing He's Ever Known, His Ex-Wife

My Uncle's Halloween Costume Is The Scariest Thing He's Ever Known, His Ex-Wife

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Emerald Joanna
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8 months ago

That is nice make up skills!

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The researchers explored the question of which partners are able to reorganize their sense of self during the separation and which are not. The 89 adults who participated in the study (two-thirds female) were separated for about 3 months from their partners. Their marriages had lasted on average 14 years and they were about 40 years old. Roughly half had initiated the separation. Also, the participants were tested more than once. A few months after completing the initial study, they returned to allow the researchers to evaluate how they were adapting to their separations throughout the time.

#3

When Love Is Over

When Love Is Over

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Lauren Caswell
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8 months ago

Ok that 'after' tattoo is really cool

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The follow-up showed that attachment style and emotional self-control did, in fact, influence self-concept outcomes. "The partners whose sense of self remained in disarray were the ones who were high in attachment avoidance (i.e. who preferred to remain distant) and who also had difficulty regulating their emotions while completing the lab task measuring their distress when talking about their partner," Whitbourne explained the results. "In contrast, the avoidantly attached who could control their emotional responsiveness were able to reorganize their sense of identity more successfully over time. Attachment anxiety, somewhat surprisingly, did not play a significant role in determining the adjustment to separation."

#4

It's Valentine's Day And My Ex-Girlfriend Sent Me This, So I Replied With This

It's Valentine's Day And My Ex-Girlfriend Sent Me This, So I Replied With This

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8 months ago

Hahaha in many cases this is so true.

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When you think about it, if a person is high on avoidance, why should he or she suffer any ill effects at all during a separation? Wouldn’t the person who tends to remain cold and distant do OK after the relationship ends? "This is where emotional control comes into play. If you can keep your closest relationship from penetrating your sense of self, you can survive the breakup, but only if you can also keep thoughts about your partner and the relationship out of your awareness," Whitbourne said. "Otherwise, they’ll haunt you, threaten your sense of self, and prolong your sense of distress. The only way that a highly dismissive person can survive a breakup is if that person can also “deactivate” or turn off all thoughts of the partner."

#5

Came Across A 10-Year-Old Photo That Had My Brothers Ex-Wife In It And My Ex In It. Instead Of Deleting It I "Fixed" It

Came Across A 10-Year-Old Photo That Had My Brothers Ex-Wife In It And My Ex In It. Instead Of Deleting It I "Fixed" It

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Supac Takur
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8 months ago

help, I shrunk my brother

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Basically, the study suggests that people high in attachment avoidance don't really make great marital partners. "They can be cold and distant, especially - as we’ve just learned - if they can also switch their emotions to the off position when things become stressful."

Once the breakup happens, however, this research shows that it’s vital to find a way to put the pieces of your identity back together. "If you can’t find a way to incorporate the breakup into your sense of who you are as a person, moving on will become even more challenging than it might otherwise be. As distressing as your thoughts may be, by allowing them to filter back into your consciousness, perhaps ever so slowly you will be able to move on and emerge with a new – and stronger- sense of self."

#6

Netflix & Zero Chills

Netflix & Zero Chills

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Hermione Granger
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8 months ago

This is so smart

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#7

Best Ex Ever

Best Ex Ever

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
8 months ago

That is actually quite a nice gift from an ex unless it is poisoned or laden with spit or other bodily fluids.

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#8

My Wife Sent Me Our Son's Music Results With The Comment "I Can Think Of, Like, 7 Ex-Boyfriends Who Needed A Scoresheet Like This"

My Wife Sent Me Our Son's Music Results With The Comment "I Can Think Of, Like, 7 Ex-Boyfriends Who Needed A Scoresheet Like This"

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Radek Suski
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8 months ago

that cracked me up

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#9

I Kicked My Loser Ex Out Of My House And Got A New Piece Of Art

I Kicked My Loser Ex Out Of My House And Got A New Piece Of Art

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Asi Bassey
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8 months ago

Here in Nigeria, all our walls are made of cement blocks and mortar. Partners learnt very long ago not to kick or punch them when angry.

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#10

Ex-Fiancée And Ex Best Man Are Now Dating. He Left His Wii At My Place. I Made Sure To Get It Back To Him

Ex-Fiancée And Ex Best Man Are Now Dating. He Left His Wii At My Place. I Made Sure To Get It Back To Him

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
8 months ago

hmmmm...glitter bomb

Aaron Lozano
Community Member
8 months ago

that package is more secured than the relationship they had

Clavelle
Community Member
8 months ago

I love glitter as a form of punishment. Some people really can't stand glitter.🤣

Kryogen
Community Member
8 months ago

too much time and energy invest for few results... Everything can be undone in 10 minutes... Making a glitter bomb actived when opening the box would have been smarter.

danielw
Community Member
8 months ago

telling the cops it's abandoned property and keeping said wii makes more sense.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
8 months ago

He's really feeling the pain, poor guy.

Id row
Community Member
8 months ago

I was like, he's not gonna care...until it got to the glitter. That really cinched the petty, lol.

Stille20
Community Member
8 months ago

But he is giving it back... so not a bad guy

louis porter
Community Member
8 months ago

Why give it back at all?

JJM
Community Member
8 months ago

Somebody is very angry I think. Maybe should wait a bit before dating the 'best' man!!!!

Jacob Tschetter
Community Member
8 months ago

You glorious monster

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
8 months ago

Evil, funny but evil!

Estee Wright
Community Member
8 months ago

Love your revenge style!

Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
8 months ago

Noooooooooooo not the glitter.

knittin' kitten
Community Member
8 months ago

It is killin fish in the oceans like believe it or not fibers from plastic based fabrics. Humans are filth

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J Rob
Community Member
8 months ago

I think I would have just thrown it away...

Olga Antonova
Community Member
8 months ago

Removing cords will take a way less time than putting them on. Just saying.

hobbitly
Community Member
8 months ago

Youre right but I think this guy had fun doing it while the ex-best man probably doesnt have fun unwrapping it.

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mermaidgirl960
Community Member
7 months ago

Ah yeah my mom once glitter-bombed her boyfriend's car as an April Fools prank and he HATED it lol She works at a veterinary clinic and put cat poop in his car too but he didn't notice XD

Unicornstar
Community Member
8 months ago

Seriously man. I would have sent it back wrapped in cellophane wrap normal post and hoped that it "got lost" in transit. Either that or sold it on e bay and got wasted with the cash. Or just kept it. Fair exchange a games console for a cheating ex.

Tati
Community Member
8 months ago

I hope you didn't send the plyers! LOL

Shull GaRett
Community Member
8 months ago

Seriously every time i see this one im just thinking to myself.... There is no way i would waste my time to do THAT... Dough the sound of all those zip ties may be quite nice ;)

valérie B-971
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh my lord such great idea! How long took her to do so?!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
8 months ago

very creative

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
8 months ago

Its missing something... but what?

Debbie
Community Member
8 months ago

OOOO

Cathy Carey
Community Member
8 months ago

The glitter was a nice touch.

Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
Community Member
8 months ago

I would have thrown it all loose in a plastic mail bag. Our postal system would have done the rest.

Annette Rainbow
Community Member
8 months ago

hahaha hope they have fun trying to get all the litter up, that stuff spreads real easy. I would love to be a fly on the wall, good control on braking it into a million bits.

Zoe Drake
Community Member
8 months ago

you can feel the anger in the effort and glitter!

Jace
Community Member
8 months ago

Not bitter at all...

StormsTempest
Community Member
8 months ago

Oooh thats nice.

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
8 months ago

"Ex-fiance" isn't specific. Did the Groom run off with the Best Man ? 'Cause that's a whole other ballgame.

Sheryl Logan
Community Member
8 months ago

Why didn't he just reduce it to its components and then bag them all up with like parts and then stuff them Back in the case and mail it that way ?

iblowsheep
Community Member
8 months ago

heartless bitch

gracefullikeagazelle
Community Member
8 months ago

Men are assholes. Women are bitches. What's your comment about then?

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Tiny Dynamine
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8 months ago

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I'd record a video of nonchalantly snipping the cable ties while listening to my favourite music and singing along.

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Now if he had put the glitter inside the Wii, it would have been funny. Wasting a lot of time on tiewrapping stuff isn't really smart.

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#11

I Am Not A Graphic Designer. I Needed To Remove My Ex-Wife From A Vacation Picture In Mexico. How Did I Do?

I Am Not A Graphic Designer. I Needed To Remove My Ex-Wife From A Vacation Picture In Mexico. How Did I Do?

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Pittsburgh rare
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8 months ago

My longest and best relationship so far

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#12

I Went To A Party Where My Ex Girlfriend Was Present With Her New Boyfriend. This Was What I Was Wearing

I Went To A Party Where My Ex Girlfriend Was Present With Her New Boyfriend. This Was What I Was Wearing

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Emerald Joanna
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8 months ago

Bahahahaha...thats grand

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#13

My Favorite Picture Of My Ex-Wife

My Favorite Picture Of My Ex-Wife

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Monty Glue
Community Member
8 months ago

She is a keeper! (The photo that is)

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#14

Found My Ex In The Natural History Museum

Found My Ex In The Natural History Museum

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Iris
Community Member
8 months ago

Good one 😂😂

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#15

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
8 months ago

Made me laugh so hard .... I should feel guilty now :-)

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#16

I Split Up With My Boyfriend Yesterday. I Fell Asleep While He Was Packing And He Stole My Toilet

I Split Up With My Boyfriend Yesterday. I Fell Asleep While He Was Packing And He Stole My Toilet

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chi-wei shen
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8 months ago

Now it requires expert level aiming skills, and flushing is a problem.

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#17

My Friend Was Just Cheated On. This Is The Valentine's Card She's Sending Her Ex

My Friend Was Just Cheated On. This Is The Valentine's Card She's Sending Her Ex

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That one marvel fan
Community Member
8 months ago

Genius

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#18

Damn Ex-Wives

Damn Ex-Wives

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Id row
Community Member
8 months ago

Ouch. Hope he actually deserved it.

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#19

Bitter Man Buys The House Next Door To His Ex-Wife And Installs An Interesting Sculpture

Bitter Man Buys The House Next Door To His Ex-Wife And Installs An Interesting Sculpture

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Olga Antonova
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8 months ago

Looks like he has sick obsession with her

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#20

My Ex-Wife Just Gave Me This For My Birthday

My Ex-Wife Just Gave Me This For My Birthday

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D. Pitbull
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8 months ago

Omg. I need that mug. Uncle Iroh is. the. BEST.

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#21

This Guy Had Pictures Of Him And His New Wife Printed On His Checks So He Could Write His Ex Alimony With Them

This Guy Had Pictures Of Him And His New Wife Printed On His Checks So He Could Write His Ex Alimony With Them

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Tiari
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8 months ago

Checks seem like such an outdated concept to me. Why would anyone use them?

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#22

Finally Found The Perfect Gift For My Ex

Finally Found The Perfect Gift For My Ex

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A Water Bottle
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8 months ago

Gold digger

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#23

My Ex Was Bitter About Our Break Up And Started Comparing Me To Taylor Swift. This Was My Response

My Ex Was Bitter About Our Break Up And Started Comparing Me To Taylor Swift. This Was My Response

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Beeps
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8 months ago

Nice handwriting!

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#24

My Friend Received Some Flowers From Her Ex The Other Day

My Friend Received Some Flowers From Her Ex The Other Day

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8 months ago

Pffft bahaha

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#25

My Ex Sent Me A Postcard

My Ex Sent Me A Postcard

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Karen Dyer
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8 months ago

Why even stay in touch, or send them anything? Be done with them as soon as you walk out the door.

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#26

While Preparing For My Garage Sale, I Found A Pendant My Ex Gave Me. I Decided To Be A Little Creative With Selling It

While Preparing For My Garage Sale, I Found A Pendant My Ex Gave Me. I Decided To Be A Little Creative With Selling It

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Laura Zappenduster
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8 months ago

I dont´t like that one. I woul´d have sold it for the real price. A better "revenge" in my opinion.

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#27

Paid For My Ex’s Glasses And Decided To Spend A Little Extra For An Engraving

Paid For My Ex’s Glasses And Decided To Spend A Little Extra For An Engraving

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Supac Takur
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8 months ago

but can he/she read it without glasses?

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#28

Just Returned My Ex-Girlfriend To The Store

Just Returned My Ex-Girlfriend To The Store

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Jace
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8 months ago

From what I’ve seen, usually it’s the guys who call women “hoes” that are the problem...

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#29

When You Get A Divorce

When You Get A Divorce

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

Getting a tattoo of your significant other or their name is silly. I am happily married and I would never do it. You never know what the future holds and tattoos are forever. This person was lucky that the tattoo was able to be covered up but it’s not always the case.

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#30

Pulling The Plug On My Ex-GF

Pulling The Plug On My Ex-GF

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
8 months ago

All you have to do is log everyone out and change the password.

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