Dealing With a Breakup as a Teenager

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Breakups can be very painful for teenagers, so the best way for a teenager to deal with a breakup is to stay active. Talk to friends about a breakup, or express emotions creatively, with tips from a psychologist in this free video on relationships and dating advice.

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Hi, my name is Reka Morvay. I'm a psychologist, and I'm going to talk to you about dealing with a breakup as a teenager. Now, as a teenager breakups can be very painful because they are first experiences, and the first time you deal with a breakup, which are always quite painful to end a relationship. But dealing with a breakup as a teenager is probably even more painful than later on because you have no experience with something like this. So the best way to deal with a breakup is to keep active. Don't let it bring you down to such a point that you give up on all your other activities. So try to keep in touch with your friends, reconnect with friends you may have lost because of a...the relationship. And try to keep yourself busy. You will probably need to talk about the relationship and the breakup a great deal to get it out of your system. If you find that you've overloaded your friends with information about this breakup, talking to a school counselor can maybe sometimes help, too, just so you have somebody that you can keep talking to if your friends have already had enough of listening to this topic. Writing letters, writing stories -- any kind of expressive, creative thing that gets the story out of your system and helps you digest it and helps you deal with it can be very, very beneficial. And the next... So one side is to help you process it, to talk about it, and to get it out of your system. On the other side, to move on. So maybe use the time that has now been freed up, because you don't have a relationship, to pursue something that you were interested in, but may not have had time for. Spend more time with your friends. Just pursue your interests and keep in touch with your friends and keep busy.

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