Did your girlfriend break up with you? You are not the first guy to go through this. In fact, girls initiate three quarters of the break ups while guys only dump the girl in one quarter of the situations. Therefore, guys have to deal with being dumped far more often than girls do.
Compounding the problem is the impression that men are supposed to deal with their emotions stoically. While women are allowed to dissect every part of their relationship, men are expected to roll with the punches.
But this does not mean that men do not have emotions. They hurt when women dump them. A girlfriend break up is quite painful.
First of all, men tend to place more value on stable relationships than women do. While a man might be interested in a fling with a woman who is not his girlfriend, what he really wants is someone who will be there in good times and bad.
But, once your girlfriend has dumped you, it is important to figure out how to pick up the pieces and go on with your life.
First of all, you should find some way to express yourself. Girls can do this by writing poetry or talking about the relationship endlessly with their friends. Men often do not feel comfortable with these options. But, if you play the guitar or piano, try writing some music that allows you to express your feelings. Many of the great songs are about the pain of breaking up.
Next, you need to clear out your place of all of the things that remind you of her. If she has clothes at your house, give them back. Throw away her toothbrush. And, if she has given you any gifts that you want to keep, box them up for the time being until you can look at them without having turbulent emotions.
You will want to close off communications with her, at least for the short term. If either of you owe the other money, try to settle up so that would not be an avenue for talking.
Then tell your ex that you want to go silent for a while. That means no calls, texts, or emails. Give each other space. In time, you may be able to be friends again, but right now you both need to give each other the space to heal.
Then, you need to get out of the house. Make a point of playing pick up basketball with your friends. Go out to a bar from time to time. Become a big brother to an underprivileged kid.
Then, start to get back into the dating scene once again. At first, you can have casual dates that may not lead to anything. But, over time, you will meet someone you really care about.