You’re stuck in that tough spot where you love someone, but for whatever reason, you two just can’t be together. It hurts seeing them every day, knowing you can’t have them. You know you need to move on, but ignoring your feelings is way easier said than done.

It’s not easy, but with a little work, you can start moving on. I’ll walk you through techniques to avoid contacting them, distract yourself when you’re tempted, and eventually make peace with letting go.

Accept That The Relationship Is Over

The first step to ignoring someone you love is accepting that it’s truly over between you two. I know that’s tough to face, but you need to deal with the reality that you guys aren’t getting back together. Let it all out – cry, vent to friends, do what you have to to start leaving it in the past. You have to see that your world isn’t over just because they’re gone. If anything, this is where your new beginning starts. It’s time to turn the page and start writing the next chapter of your life.

Call Back Your Power And Energy

When you really care about someone, it’s natural to think about them a lot. But did you know that just by thinking about them, you’re unconsciously giving them your mental and emotional energy, even if you don’t realize it?

Try this: Find a comfortable spot and picture that person in your mind. Then, say out loud, “I’m taking back all the energy and power I gave you.” You’ll be surprised by how much better you feel – like you’ve gotten your power back.

It’s also a good idea to ask yourself how that person makes you feel overall. Do they lift you up and support you? Or do you usually feel worse after talking to them, like something’s not good enough? If it’s the second one, you may want to consider calling back your energy. Remember, they’re just a regular person, too – not celebrities or archangels. Taking back your power can help you feel better and use that energy for things you enjoy or people you meet in the future.

Your mind is your most valuable asset, so guard it wisely. Don’t give someone free rent in your head if they don’t deserve it or don’t reciprocate your feelings. This will only lead to feelings of resentment and frustration with yourself for wasting time on them.

Remove Them From Social Media And Your Phone

The best way to ignore someone you love is to delete their number from your phone so you’re not tempted to text or call them. Then, unfollow or unfriend them on all social media. Out of sight..out of mind. The less you see them popping up, the less you’ll think about them.

Go through your phone and delete any old texts, DMs, or photos you have of the two of you. Reading those old messages will only make you miss them more and set you back.

And if they continue to reach out even after you’ve made it clear you need space, you may have to take further action. Muting or blocking them on social platforms will prevent their posts or messages from distracting you. As a last resort, you may even have to block their number to avoid unwanted calls or texts.

Even after you remove or block them, resist the urge to stalk their social media profiles or drive by places they frequent. The more you check in on them, the harder it will be to move on. Curiosity killed the cat – don’t let it destroy your progress.

Fill Your Time With Meaningful Activities

Keeping yourself occupied is one of the best ways to ignore someone you can’t stop thinking about. When your mind isn’t occupied, it’s so easy to get stuck reliving old memories and dwelling on what could have been.

You have to fill your schedule with things that make you feel good. Find things that really light a fire under you, things that make you excited to get out of bed in the morning. What are you passionate about? Pursue your hobbies, dive into your creativity, join a sports league—anything to spark your interest. You could also look for some classes in your area or see if there’s a club for one of your favorite things.

And don’t be afraid just to do you! Take a solo trip, try something you’ve always wanted to try. The key is finding activities that fulfill you and give your mind something new to focus on. It works wonders for getting over someone and moving on with your life.

Refocus On Self-Care

Focus on yourself for a change. When you take good care of yourself, it’ll make you feel better about yourself. That’ll help you realize this other person isn’t as important as you thought. Go out and treat yourself – buy those things you’ve always wanted, or take that trip you’ve been dreaming of. Do all the nice things for yourself that you used to do for them. Trust me, it’ll do wonders for your confidence to love yourself again.

Surround Yourself With A Strong Support System

Having good friends around you makes a big difference when you’re trying to get over someone. Reach out to your closest pals and family – let them know you need their help staying strong. Ask them to check in on you regularly so you’ve got someone to talk to when you’re feeling weak or want to contact that person.

Real friends will understand what you’re going through. They won’t judge you for still having feelings for someone you can’t be with anymore. Open up to them about what you’re struggling with and what’s making you insecure. Let them know if there are any specific ways they can support you, like keeping you busy when you want to reach out or giving you a confidence boost on down days. Their kind words and distractions really do help give you the willpower to stick to your guns.

Talk To A Therapist

Talking to a therapist can really help give you some strategies for moving on from someone who isn’t available. They can help you figure out the best way to deal with your specific situation. And don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with getting some professional help.

A counselor will look at everything totally unbiased and give you advice just for you. They may also be able to help with stuff underneath, like a lack of self-esteem or leftover feelings from an old relationship that makes it tougher to let this person go. Nothing to be ashamed of – they’re there to help you through this.

Life Moves Fast, Act Now

Ignoring someone you have feelings for when you can’t be together is really difficult. But you have to do what’s best for you and put yourself first here. Take back your power and focus your energy back on yourself. When you truly love and accept who you are, the right person who is actually available will come into your life. Life moves fast, so don’t waste your time dwelling on what can’t be.