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Whether this is a break-up, a toxic friend, or simply someone that has disappeared from your life, it is hard to stop caring.
Once you have formed a relationship with and some level of emotional dependence on an individual, it can be hard to accept that you don’t have that anymore.
There are many ways that you can stop caring about someone, and this article will run you through a few easy steps to take.
If you are really struggling and feel like you need more help, please do not hesitate to seek professional intervention.
There are many licensed counselors and therapists who would be happy to help you work through your issues.
11 Tips To Help You Stop Caring About Someone
#1. Realize Your Self Worth
This is a great way to stop caring about someone.
After someone has left your life it is normal to feel inadequate and unlovable.
Boost your confidence through words of self affirmation and focus on surrounding yourself with people that make you happy.
#2. Follow Your Heart
Do things that make you happy and feel rewarded.
Do not get caught in the trap of living your life for others as this will never fulfill you.
The first step to self improvement is to ensure you feel confident in your decisions.
To make this easier, make a list of the things you love to do and things you want to do and focus on these things and living life.
#3. Realize That What Others Think Is Not Important
The most important opinion in the world is your own.
Do not allow the opinions of others to dictate your life and happiness.
Many times this is easier said than done.
But you need to work at this as trying to live your life based on others opinions is a recipe for disaster.
#4. Accept The Fact They Do Not Care About You
This is a hard truth, but the sooner you come to terms with that, the better.
Whatever relationship you used to have with them has gone, and it is unlikely to come back.
Don’t keep fighting to win them back once it is clear this will not happen.
As hard as it is, try not to beg for them back.
Protect your dignity and allow them the space to move on. In time, you too will feel better for this.
#5. Feel Your Feelings
Don’t try to repress the way you are feeling.
Instead of putting on a brave face and acting unaffected, allow yourself time and space to truly experience your feelings.
In the short term, this will hurt more, but it will allow you to heal healthily and move forward past this individual.
#6. Let Go Of The Past
Try to reach a state of mental clarity.
You do not need to regret the past, or indeed to cling to it.
Try not to idolize your past experiences, as humans have a tendency to look back with rose-tinted goggles.
Instead, try and think of your past with that person as an act of personal development that has shaped you into who you are today.
Be thankful that you had good times, but also remember that not everything was perfect and that there was a reason you grew apart.
Letting go is a key step to moving on.
#7. Practice Mindfulness Or Meditation
A good way to try and break out of a cycle of negative emotions is to become more mindful in your life.
Exercise such as yoga or pilates focuses on deep breathing and mindfulness practices combined with gentle physical activity.
You do not have to do yoga or meditate to be more mindful, this could simply be writing a journal in the morning or taking a walk with your thoughts.
Mindfulness is a great way to improve your positivity and mental clarity, and it is definitely worth trying to see if it helps.
#8. Cut All Ties
Stop messaging, stop calling them, remove them from your social media.
It is hard to stop caring about someone when you are constantly being reminded of them.
It will seem hard at first, but a good place to start is by removing them on social media.
This means that you will not have to see what they are up to and will not be caught in the trap of comparing yourself and your life to them and theirs.
Everyone moves at different rates and deals with emotions differently, so there is no benefit to comparing yourself to them.
Once they have made it clear that they don’t care about you, or aren’t interested in you, stop wasting your time.
You will only set yourself up to be hurt in this way, and it is important to respect other people’s boundaries.
Delete their number so you have less temptation to contact them.
#9. Stop Thinking About The What Ifs
You cannot change the past and there are reasons for everything that happens.
Do not allow yourself to get caught up in the ‘what if’s of a situation.
You will never be able to know for sure what would have happened, as life did not go that way.
Don’t let yourself waste your life by becoming obsessed with the potential alternate outcomes of a situation.
Use your energy productively and focus on working to improve your current situation.
This is a much more constructive use of your time and will help you to feel better.
#10. Make A Life Change
Sometimes the best way to cope with a difficult time is to make a change in your own life, to regain a sense of control.
This could be something small like rearranging your bedroom, or you could change your hairstyle.
Some people swear by changing their environment instead.
Go for a short vacation or apply to volunteer and help others.
Think about things in your life that don’t completely satisfy you, and work towards changing that.
#11. Spend Time With Important People
The best way to get over hardships is to surround yourself with a bubble of supportive people.
Fill your time by doing fun and fulfilling activities with people that uplift you and make you happy.
Eventually, these people will fill the hole left by whoever upset you.
At the end of the day, it is hard to learn how to stop caring about someone.
We naturally want to keep the connection and feelings we developed with them.
But when relationships end, we need to move on.
Learning how to do this is part of life and you will be healthier and happier by doing so.
Always remember that time is the greatest healer of all wounds.
In the meantime, use these tips to help you with the daily struggle.