Breaking up sucks.
There can be varying levels of suckiness depending on who decided to break up, why and how publicly (ouch), but the fact remains that breaking up really, really sucks. I’ve been there, I know.
Now throw the HSC into the mix and you have a recipe for emotional upheaval, bad texting decisions and tear-stained study notes. While I can’t give you any quick fixes or instant broken-heart remedies, there are a few tricks I’ve picked up on how to make a break up as manageable as possible.
Have A Good Cry
Seriously. I don’t care if you’re a guy or a girl, tough or sensitive; having a good, long cry is one of the best ways to start to feel a little less horrible.
Cry in the shower, in bed, cuddled up with an old teddy or while listening to Adele on repeat – just let it all out. This step can be repeated as many times as you want, you’ll always feel lighter after a good cry.
Delete Them On Social Media
It’s so, so, so, so tempting to lurk your ex immediately after a break up.
And a few days after.
And a few weeks after.
As much as you want to see that tweet about what he just ate or the snapchat of her cat making a funny face, deleting your ex from all social media straight away is always for the best. Plus, this way you can’t send them any poorly thought out messages at 2 in the morning.
Spend Time With Friends
After a break up its easy to just want to lock yourself in your room for a few days and only surface for ice cream or to reset the wifi – don’t.
Organise to get together with a bunch of friends to keep your mind off the sad stuff and remind you that you’ve got a great bunch of people ready to support you.
Pro tip: setting up a study group with friends not only distracts you from the breakup, it also helps you prepare for the HSC and remember your priorities!
Dive Into Study
I know it sounds crazy and unappealing, but keeping up a good study schedule can actually really help you get over a breakup.
By focusing on study you’re able to distract yourself, plus you’ll get a natural buzz from knowing that you’re working effectively towards your HSC!
It’s Not The End Of The World
It’s really easy after a breakup to think that you’ll never be happy again, but trust me you will. You’re going to go on to have many more girlfriends, boyfriends or both in your life, so make sure not to get too caught up in what you’ve lost!
Always remember that there’s a whole new world of experiences that will open up to you after the HSC and work towards it.
Maddison Leach completed her HSC in 2014, achieving an ATAR of 98.00 and Band 6 in all her subjects. Having tutored privately for two years before joining Art of Smart, she enjoys helping students through the academic and other aspects of school life, even though it sometimes makes her feel old. Maddison has had a passion for writing since her early teens, having had several short stories published before joining the world of blogging. She’s currently studying a Bachelor of Design at the University of Technology Sydney and spends most of her time trying not to get caught sketching people on trains.