Can You Ever Stop Loving Someone?

Written by Harini Natarajan

Breakups are painful. Saying ‘goodbye’ to your favorite person in the entire world is one of the most heartbreaking things you ever do. What comes next is the hardest part of the entire breakup – moving on from that person and the memories that you created together. While doing all this, you may wonder if you will ever stop loving them. If you are in such a situation where you don’t know if the love you had for your ex will ever fade away, this article is for you. Keep on reading to find out the answer.

Can You Ever Truly Stop Loving Someone You Truly Loved?

To love and be loved is one of the best feelings in the world. And, to love someone unconditionally is something that not many people experience. However, love is not enough to make a relationship last. This may lead to the end of a relationship, and what is left behind is the memories you two had together and the happiness you felt when you were with them. In situations like this, it may feel like the love you had for them will never go away. Let’s accept that this feeling of never being able to stop loving them can be shitty – especially when you see them living their best life even after the breakup.

Seeing them happy may hurt you as it can feel like they no longer care about you. Questions like “Why can I not stop loving them?” and “Will I ever stop loving them and finally move on?” may be plaguing your mind. Well, the answer to these questions is very complex, but what we do know is that there are a few things that could be stopping you from moving on from your ex. These reasons are discussed in the next section. Check them out.

5 Reasons Why You Simply Can’t Stop Loving Them

1. You Got Used Them

Be it a short relationship or a long one, being around someone every day and sharing everything with them can become a habit. And when they leave, they leave a big hole in your life. You may constantly wonder what they are doing throughout the day. This fixation with what they are doing can stop you from moving on. No matter how much you try, they are still on your mind, which is really unhelpful for your heart. Getting past this phase can be a long and hard process that requires a lot of patience, strength, and energy.

2. They Are Still Perfect In Your Eyes

Believing that they are the only person you deserve may also stop you from getting over them. When you find someone who you think is perfect in every way, losing them can be the most painful feeling in the world. And if you still think they the best for you and you will never get anybody more gorgeous or smarter than them, it can prevent you from moving forward in life.

To move on, you need to stop idolizing your ex and start focussing on the reason why you two broke up. This can help you see them clearly – flaws and all – and make you realize that the relationship wasn’t as perfect as you thought.

3. You Blame Yourself For The Breakup

If you think that you were responsible for the breakup, you will stop yourself from moving forward because of the guilt that you carry. You will unknowingly try to fix things that are not in your control and can’t be fixed.

4. They Are Still Your Main Focus

If your ex was your priority right from day one, it can be quite hard to let go of that idea. You may still be putting them and their feelings ahead of your own needs. This can make you do things like refusing to date anyone else as you think it will hurt your ex. Making them the focus of your life will prevent you from moving on. You need to shift your focus from them and make yourself the topmost priority in your life.

5. You Believe You Are Not Good Enough For Anybody Else

This kind of thought arises from your own insecurities and low self-esteem. When you fail to see your true beauty, you tend to seek approval from others. And, these insecurities make you believe that you will never find anybody else or nobody else will ever love you the way your ex did. But, what you have to remember is that you are beautiful in your own way, and focusing on yourself will help you realize your worth.

We know it’s really hard to move on from someone. However, in times like these, focusing on yourself will help you start the journey of moving on. Here are some tips that you can follow to move on from someone.

How To Move On From Someone

1. Stop Seeing Them In Person

It is really difficult to move on from someone you see every day. If you are in such a situation where you meet your ex very frequently, avoiding any interaction with them for some time can be the best option. For instance, if you both work at the same place, limit your interaction to your professional duties and do not spend any free time with them. This process can be hard given that you still are in love with them, but it is also necessary for your own good.

2. Stop Following Them On Social Media

It can be really tough to see them living their life without (seemingly) any remorse or sadness over your broken relationship. Hence, it is better to unfollow them and unfriend them on every social media platform.

3. Take A Break

When you go through a heartbreak, it is recommended that you take a break from everyday life. A change of place and routine can be good for you as it can help you take your mind off of your ex. Moreover, the excitement of planning a trip will also help you stay distracted from your breakup.

4. Get Rid Of Things That Remind You Of Them

It is pretty normal to keep your ex’s stuff as souvenirs of your relationship. This could include stuff that you bought together, gifts they gave you, or things that remind you of them. However, keeping them and looking at them every day can stop you from moving on. So, the best thing to do is get rid of this stuff so that you can heal from the breakup.

5. Take Up A New Hobby

You can redirect the energy and focus that you put toward your ex into something that will enhance your life. Taking up a hobby or pursuing something that interests you is a good distraction that will benefit you in the long run.

6. Don’t Run From Your Feelings

Many people tend to run away from their feelings after they go through something heartbreaking. However, to heal from a breakup properly, you have to feel every emotion that comes with it. Otherwise, you will be emotionally exhausted. Running from your emotions will do you more harm than good.

7. Don’t Isolate Yourself

When something bad happens, many people have the habit of isolating themselves from the world. This can make it hard for you to move on and heal from the breakup. The support of friends and family can help you tremendously while going through a difficult situation. Hanging out with friends can also distract you from any sad thoughts. Moreover, talking about your feelings with your loved ones can help you work through them and gain the strength to move on from your ex.

8. Take Care Of Your Mental Health

A breakup can impact your mental health and push you toward depression. If you think that this is something you are experiencing, consult a therapist. They can help you work through your pain and equip you with the necessary tools to move on from your ex in a healthy manner.

The question “Can you ever stop loving someone?” is a complex one that can not be answered in a straightforward manner. You can just switch off the love that you have for someone as soon as the relationship ends. In such a situation, the best thing to do is to work on yourself and accept that not every relationship is meant to last forever.

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As Chief Editor, Harini sets the tone and editorial direction for StyleCraze to deliver engaging, interesting, and authentic content revolving around women's health, wellness, and beauty. She has over 14 years of experience in content writing and editing for online media. She specializes in the areas of Beauty, Lifestyle, and Health & Wellness and is proficient in Medical Sciences (Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Biochemistry). Her background in Biomedical Engineering helps her decode and interpret the finer nuances of scientific research for her team. Harini is a certified bibliophile and a closet poet. She also loves dancing and traveling to offbeat destinations.