Staff Stories: Make-ups, Break-ups, and Everything in Between — Coping Strategies of the Brokenhearted

It’s not ALL work around the Swoon Reads headquarters. We’ve discovered that it’s also very important to have long gossipy conversations around the metaphorical water cooler. Thus, we’ve compiled a list of burning questions for our Swoon Staff members to answer. And, we’d love for you to join us! Share your answers in the comments. This week’s question is:

When you’re going through a breakup, what’s your go-to coping mechanism? (For example, Ben & Jerry’s on the couch while listening to Avril Lavigne on repeat.)



“There’s a Blue Period which features all the pizzas, sad movies, binge shopping, and Death Cab for Cutie. Then there’s a Raging Period which features more pizza, Alanis Morissette, and wildly elaborate plans as to what I’ll say if I run into the ex. Eventually I get over it, but the eating of pizza remains. It’s a crutch!” — Anna R.

“It used to be writing. I’d endlessly journal my feelings. Now it’s to do things for myself that make me feel good- gym, haircut, pedicure, friends.” — Holly R.



“Browsing the ONTD archives, marathoning British youtubers, and memorizing the wikipedia articles on random things like “criminal law” cause that’ll make me a real catch later on. Oh, and Tumblr.” — Summer O.

“Keep as busy as possible! And finding a book to take you away–The Thirteenth Tale once helped me escape (for a little bit, at least).” — Lauren B.

“I always get a haircut. It makes me feel like I’m letting go of something and gives me renewed confidence. And I also take every opportunity to have a Kylie Minogue dance party.” — Kathryn L.



“Saying yes to every social invitation is a good way of getting back out there.” — Rachel P.

“Just like any time that I’m upset, I start cooking, and turn to my friends and family for support. Mom will be understanding but fair, and while my best friend will unfailingly take my side and threaten to turn whoever hurt me into a “Great Void of Nothingness” never to be acknowledged again.” — Holly W.

“Pizza + wine with my roommates. Followed by way too much cookie dough.” — Ellen C.


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