How To Glow Up After A Breakup

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Breakups can be tough. Even if you’re the one who wants to split up, they can still be very emotionally devastating. And in the days after a breakup – we say cry it out. It’s okay to feel your emotions.

You might be feeling sad, angry, embarrassed, or even lost. And all of that is okay. Let yourself feel it. 

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But when you’re ready, pick yourself up and give yourself a post-relationship glow-up! You’ll feel better than ever and eventually you’ll start to see the benefits of moving on and being your best single self. 

Why Do Breakups Hurt So Much?

Breakups suck. Especially when you didn’t see it coming or you weren’t the one doing the breakup. And there’s lots of reasons for that. This is a huge shift in your life and lifestyle.

Someone who used to be part of your everyday life is now completely removed from your life.

Suddenly there’s no one asking about how your day went, your shoulder to cry on is now missing, and your best friend simply isn’t there when you need them.

So it’s no surprise that breakups hold so much weight. 

What’s the Fuss about Glow-Ups?

Another thing that really affects people after a breakup is loss of control. We know that sounds crazy, but hear us out.

The center of your world is now gone. You can’t control that. And as humans, we have a basic desire to control things within our world.

Losing that control can wreak havoc on our emotions. And in a breakup, our control is now gone.

One thing we can control, however, is how we feel about ourselves. And that’s why people love post-relationship glow-ups so much.

We’re talking internal and external glow-ups.

Glowing up our internal feelings and emotions, as well as our exterior appearance.

Because when we look our best, we feel our best. And when we feel our best, we have the confidence to move forward in the world without our ex. 

So, how do you glow up after a breakup?

The Physical Glow-Up

Breakups are painful and your heart isn’t going to heal overnight. What you can change overnight, however, is your appearance. It’s time to look and feel your best! How do you do that?

Start at the Salon

There are few things in the world that make us feel better than a fresh hair-do. So start your glow up here.

A new hairdo can completely change your look and feel like a brand new person.

So first things first, head to the salon, and glow-up your hair.

Once your hair is done, don’t be afraid to treat yourself to some other salon treatments.

Get your nails done, do your lashes, shape your brows – do whatever you have to do to feel like your best self.

Because again, when you look your best, you feel your best. And that’s the best way to move on. 

Head to the Spa

The spa is a great place to rest and reset. Get a facial, indulge in a massage, spend some time meditating in the hot pools.

Feel the emotions that you need to feel, then use a spa day to reset your mind and heart, and let those negative emotions go.

Remember -You. Are. Worth. It. 

Refresh Your Closet

When was the last time you treated yourself to a shopping spree? Well, there’s no better time than during a breakup.

A breakup is a great time to let go of anything in your life that isn’t serving you anymore.

So if you have any clothes in your closet that simply don’t make you feel like a million bucks – let them go and replace them with some new ones that do. 

The Emotional Glow-Up

Okay, now that you’re looking your best – it’s time to really feel your best. It’s time for you to let go of things in the past and look forward to your future.

It’s time to reset your brain and your heart, and let go of anything that is hurting you.

It’s time for you to realize you that you can do this. Just you. Without your ex. You’ve – got – this!

But how do you feel that way?

Allow Yourself To Grieve

Anytime someone exits our life, whether it be through death, breakup, or other means, we all need to grieve that loss.

You cannot move forward without grieving. So allow yourself to do that.


Eat ice cream.

Feel all the feels – invite your best friend over to cry with you if you need.

But let yourself feel. Only then can you move on with the next steps of glowing-up.

Let Go Of the Past

Letting go of the past can be hard but you’re not going to be able to move forward without doing it.

So when you’re ready, it’s time to let go.

Erase your ex.

Delete them from social media, burn their love letters, get rid of the necklace they bought you, and most importantly –

Block. Their. Number.

You cannot let go of someone if they are continuing to text you and be in your life.

The idea of remaining friends with your ex is great, but it can also be very difficult.

If this is something you want in your life, consider taking the time to heal first and then reassess the idea of a friendship in the future. 

Make a List of the Things You Don’t Like About Them

Right now, you’re probably thinking about all of the wonderful things about your ex that you miss.

But you’re forgetting about all of the things that they did to annoy you or hurt you.

So it’s time to remind yourself.

Make a list of everything that drove you crazy about your ex.

What little habits did they have the sent you through the roof?

Did they do anything that hurt you? 

Remind yourself why this person is no longer in your life.

Then, figure out why they were in your life.

Everyone in our life is there for a reason.

Was their purpose to help you grow as a person?

Or maybe you gained some valuable life lessons?

Maybe this person helped you grow in a professional manner?

Figure out what their purpose was so that you can be thankful for their entrance into your life,  but then realize that they are also out of your life for a reason too. 


There are so many benefits that come along with working out – and we’re not just talking about feeling better in your body.

Just a few minutes of working out can actually help to boost your mood, lower your stress, and release anger.

Don’t believe us? Just try it for 5 minutes – we promise that even that short amount of time will help you feel better!

Do What Makes You Happy

Make a list of things that make you happy in life. And then do more of that.

Does family make you smile?

Do you love to travel?

Or maybe art brings peace to your day?

Find the things that bring joy to your life and then do more of it.

Soon you’ll find yourself naturally glowing-up and you’ll be over your ex in no time!

A breakup can be a challenging time in one’s life, but it can also be an opportunity for growth and self-improvement.

By focusing on taking care of yourself, developing healthy habits, and pursuing your passions, you can glow up and become the best version of yourself.

Remember to be patient, kind, and forgiving towards yourself as you navigate this journey.

With time, effort, and a positive attitude, you will be able to look back on this difficult period in your life with gratitude for the valuable lessons you learned and the person you have become.

So keep moving forward, keep shining, and keep glowing up!

Sara, a seasoned expert in wedding planning and date ideas, brings a wealth of experience to our couples blog. With a background in the television industry and hands-on involvement in a dozen weddings, including working as a wedding assistant on "My Fair Wedding with David Tutera," Sara has an innate understanding of the magic that makes weddings truly special. Growing up with four sisters has given her unique insights into the dating world, making her a go-to source for practical and heartfelt dating advice. Her knowledge and enthusiasm make her the perfect guide for couples seeking to infuse their relationships with creativity and love.

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