Movies and Music for Coping with a Break-Up

*Robin Williams voice* Gooooodddd mooorrrnnning Jumbooosss!

Today’s topic is break-ups (I apologize for jumping right in.) For those of us who’ve experienced a break-up (from either end) we know they are, at best, not pleasant, and at worst, gut-wrenchingly painful.  So how do we cope?  Well, there’s the usual advice – don’t text them, go out with friends, eat right, do yoga, find yourself, etc.  But personally, I’m a fan of the watch movies/listen to music/eat food/wallow approach.  Is this a healthy long-term solution? No. Is it perfectly acceptable and cathartic in the short term? Hell yes.  Below are some excellent break-up movies and songs for those wallowing sessions (hot chocolate and Ben & Jerry’s optional but highly recommended.)


For when you want to cry…..

  1. Dear John
  2. The Notebook
  3. Let’s be real, anything based on a Nicholas Sparks novel.
  4. The Holiday
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

For when you want to laugh….

  1. The Break-Up
  2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  3. Mamma Mia!
  4. Bridget Jones’ Diary
  5. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

For when you want heads to roll….

  1. John Tucker Must Die
  2. Kill Bill
  3. Chicago
  4. The First Wives Club
  5. Mean Girls


For when you want to cry….

  1. Chasing Cars by: Snow Patrol
  2. Last to Know by: Three Days Grace
  3. I’ll Be by: Edwin McCain (middle school throwback anyone?)
  4. Breakeven by: The Script
  5. Give Me Love by: Ed Sheeran

For when you never want to see them again….

  1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by: Taylor Swift
  2. Since U Been Gone by: Kelly Clarkson
  3. How to Be A Heartbreaker by: Marina & the Diamonds
  4. Before He Cheats by: Carrie Underwood
  5. Cry Me A River by: Justin Timberlake

Good luck lovelies, you’ll get through this.  Ya’ll are strong, independent people who don’t need no significant others.  (Real talk: you are all amazing exactly as you are, and your worth is not defined by another person.)

“After a breakup, it takes a couple of weeks for the fog to settle, but it’s always a period of self-priority and growth. Life presents you with so many decisions. A lot of times, they’re right in front of your face and they’re really difficult, but we must make them.” –Brittany Murphy

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