It’s tricky to get over a breakup, especially from a long-lasting relationship. While it feels disastrous in the moment, it’s important to remember that you will heal. It’s cliché, but it takes time. That said, there are ways that you can use technology to get over your ex and work towards a happier future.
To help you move on from a breakup, we’ve rounded up the best mobile apps to use. Whether it’s learning how to navigate your thoughts, journaling your emotions, or meeting new people, these Android and iOS apps are here to help.
1. Rx Breakup
It’s all too easy to send a quick text to your ex or scroll through photos of happier times. It’s these self-sabotaging behaviors that Rx Breakup aims to help you overcome with daily topics, writing exercises, and activities. If you feel your mind slipping back towards your ex at the end of the day, don’t worry—the app sends you a pep talk at 5pm.
It also helps you navigate your emotions and identify red flags for future relationships. It’s ultimate lofty aim is to create a new and improved version of you through realistic guidance.
RX Breakup is a 30-day guide and there’s no cheating—you can only work through one topic per day, to ensure you give yourself the full time to heal.
According to Headspace, one of the leading meditation apps, we are “genetically wired to form connections with others” and so “it makes sense that the end of a relationship can trigger intense emotions.” That’s why it believes you should pay attention to your mind and let yourself work through the feelings.
One way to achieve that is to follow Headspace’s guided meditations, which will help you acknowledge your unhelpful thoughts, shift your focus to what you’re grateful for, and teach you to be kind to yourself.
Headspace can also help improve your sleep, reduce everyday stress, and generally train you to be mindful. You might find that you want to keep using it, even when you’re over your breakup.
3. Break-Up Boss
When you’re going through a breakup, your feelings change constantly. You move between being sad, angry, and weak with reckless abandon. Break-Up Boss understands that and is here to be your pocket companion, guiding you through your breakup every step of the way.
It primarily does this through The Feel Wheel, where you select your current mental state and then read a series of short essays based around topics like forgiveness, wanting your ex back, and acceptance. These are written by Zoë Foster Blake, who was the Cosmopolitan relationship guru for almost a decade; her writing is no-nonsense, but also empowering and funny, accompanied by charming illustrations from Mari Andrew.
Break-Up Boss also has a fun feature that lets you send fake texts to your ex to get your rage out without consequence. Elsewhere, you can get some “advice SOS” in the form of snappy quotes and receive daily “pep-pep” notifications to pepper you with positivity.
One of the best ways to get over your ex is to keep yourself busy. Lean into your hobbies and keep in touch with family and friends. But if you’ve lost sight of your passions or your support network live far away, that’s hard to do. This is where Meetup can help.
Meetup is an app to find local events and meet people with similar interests. Anyone can host an event, including yourself, and you can connect with others digitally or in-person. On Meetup you’ll find board game clubs, dance classes, business networking, and more.
There’s a great mixture of relaxed hangouts and more professionally organized events. Whether you’re looking for a friendly group to spend time with or to discover a new passion, Meetup has you covered.
5. Nike Training Club
Exercise is fantastic for both physical and mental health, and it’s a perfect activity for getting over a breakup. It’ll get you in better shape, improve your mood, and keep your mind occupied. One of the best apps to help you workout is Nike Training Club.
Nike Training Club includes live and pre-recorded workout videos that target different parts of the body and vary in length. You can also filter exercises based on your access to equipment, meaning you can work out at home without any special gear. If you don’t know where to begin, try the guided workout programs.
Along with excellent free videos, the app also provides nutrition, recovery, and general wellness tips. It’s easy to stay happy and healthy with Nike Training Club.
If you’re feeling single and ready to mingle, you might want to give online dating a whirl. One of the best free dating apps is Bumble, which puts the focus on women to make the first move (in heterosexual matches). After matching, women have 24 hours to send a message.
Whether you’re looking for a casual fling or you’re ready to commit to something serious, you can filter potential matches to exactly what you’re looking for. When building your profile, don’t forget to include a variety of photos, fill out your interests, and express your personality via Bumble’s Profile Prompts feature.
Not quite ready to date? That’s okay, since Bumble also offers modes for making platonic friends and business connections.
Clean Up Your Digital Life After a Breakup
With time, patience, and some help from these apps, you’ll soon find that the stinging thoughts of your partner fade and you can get back to living your best life.
It’s likely that your digital life was intertwined with your ex, so don’t forget to perform some online clean-up once you’ve come out the other side of a relationship. Depending on how amicable the breakup was, this includes changing your passwords, blocking them on social media, and deleting old photos.