How to Prep When You Know You’re Going to See Your Ex in Public

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The first time you see your ex in public after a breakup is almost never fun, but with the right prep, it can be a little easier to deal with. When an event is coming up you know they’ll be at, there comes a point where you have to quit avoiding them at all costs, hold your head high and just deal with the awkwardness.

Obviously, a lot of how you conduct yourself depends on what the situation surrounding the break up was. Were you together for four years before finally deciding you just weren’t right for each other? Did you go on dates for a couple of months before he ghosted you? Maybe he cheated on you, then got serious with her right after you ended it.

No matter what the situation is that caused the end of your relationship, there are a series of steps that you can go through to calm yourself down and prepare yourself for seeing the dreaded ex in the flesh.

Step 1: Breathe.


Seems obvious, but sometimes when we start to panic we forget to do this simple thing. As soon as you find out you’re going to see him, take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay. You’ve been in the same room as him before, and it will probably happen again. Since this is the first time you’ve seen him post-breakup, it adds another element to things. But really, what’s the worst that can happen?