Info and Advice

Coping with a break-up

Not all relationships last forever. Sometimes, things just don't work out. Often, no-one is to blame.
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Why do relationships end?

There are lots of different reasons why relationships end.

Break-ups can be hard. Whether you're the person finishing the relationship or not, a break-up doesn't mean you're a bad person or that there's anything wrong with you. 

When you go through a break-up, you might experience several different emotions. You might feel:

  • Sad and / or lonely
  • Angry
  • Anxious
  • Shocked
  • Guilty
  • Relieved
If you are trying to cope with a break-up, it might help to...


  • Look after yourself. This includes being kind to yourself, reminding yourself of all the good things about being you and practicing self-care by looking after your physical and mental health – think eating well, sleeping well and screen-free downtime!
  • Talk to a friend or an adult you trust
  • Spend time with friends and family and people who make you feel good
  • Keep busy with hobbies and activities you enjoy
  • Avoid posting details of the break-up on social media and maybe consider 'muting' the other person on your social media profile so you don't have to see what they're up to. 

It's ok to be upset after a break-up but if it's impacting on your life, or if you're feeling down for a long time, it's important to ask for help. Talk to an adult you trust, to a doctor, or to Childline. 

Contact Childline

Childline is always here to listen and to support you. You can call Childline on 1800 66 66 66 (24 hours a day), text Childline on 50101 (10am – 4am every day) or chat with Childline online

Talking helps!


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