You don’t always have to let go of a potential friendship just because you have had romantic history together. It’s all a matter of playing your cards right. At first, it might seem completely impossible to be friends with an ex (especially when the wounds of a breakup are still fresh), that is rarely ever the case.
Not to say that you should be friends with ALL of your exes; it’s just that you shouldn’t think it to be an impossibility to maintain a friendship after a breakup. So if you’re interested in staying friends with an ex, here are a few tips to help you out with that.
While it can be impossible to avoid a dirty break up sometimes, it’s not necessarily going to be an unsalvageable situation. Leave things out in the open and always try to end things on good terms. Ideally, you won’t be harboring any ill feelings as you move in with your individual lives.
If the breakup is still fresh, the best course of action to take would be to try and forget that you and your ex were ever a thing. You don’t want to be keeping tabs on what your ex is up to if you really want to try to forget. So go ahead and mute them on social media if you have to.
Time and distance are great tools for helping emotional wounds heal. If you want to get your relationship back to a healthy place in a friendly sense, then you really need to take some time apart to recover.
Take some time for yourself. Reflect on how you want to move on. Think about the steps that you need to take to get to the place where you want to be.
So you are both okay now. You are both open to the idea of being friends even after breaking up. That’s great. Plan out a friendly hangout session ideally in a nonromantic setting in the presence of other friends as well so as to diffuse any potential awkwardness.