i. Change his name in your phone. No more “sweetheart” or “cutie”. Lose the heart eyes emoji. Just his name, no extras, makes it easier.
ii. Give him back his sweaters. If he tries to loan you another, say you’re not cold even if you’re freezing. And no matter what, don’t let yourself sleep in his shirts. I know it still smells like him and I know it’s the closest to being held you can get but I promise you it’s not worth it.
iii. Don’t read through old texts. Don’t read through old ‘I Love You’s. Don’t give yourself a chance to rethink the things you’ve said. The past is gone and all you can do is bury it.
iv. Stop listening to the mixed tapes he made you.
v. Whatever you do, don’t think about kissing him hard, your back pressed against the wall and your hands in his hair while he mumbles empty words against your neck.
vi. Stop looking for him in a crowd if you don’t want to see him with someone else.
vii. Don’t tell him you love him.
viii. Stop listening to your song on repeat when you miss him. I promise it doesn’t help.
ix. Stop hoping he’ll come back to you.
x. Drink a lot of water and listen to a lot of sad music. It’s okay to cry if you need to, just don’t let him see.
xi. Always make yourself smile when he’s around. Fake it until you make it.
xii. Don’t get your hopes up on staying friends with someone if you break inside every time you look at him.
Bronze medalist Nathan Adrian of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 100m Freestyle Final on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.