By Chris Seiter

Published on January 22nd, 2024

So, you’re in the spot where your girlfriend decided to call it quits, and now you’re wondering if there’s a playbook to win her back.

As you begin your journey to win back your ex who has ended the relationship be aware that it requires a blend of introspection, patience, creativity, and respect. The key lies in understanding the reasons behind the breakup, focusing on genuine personal growth, and making the best of the concept of patience and time.  

It is also recognizing what not to do.  Mistakes to avoid include overwhelming them with constant contact, emotional manipulation, stalking, begging or pleading, trying to incite jealousy, speaking negatively about them, disrespecting their decision to break up, insincere grand gestures, pretending to be someone else, and hastily entering a new relationship to evoke jealousy.

The world of relationships isn’t black and white.  You need to have a fuller understanding of some of the strategies and tactics that could up your chances if your ex initiated the breakup.

Remember, every relationship is unique, so take these tips as a guide, not a guaranteed formula.

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The 6 Most Important Strategies To Use If Your Ex Broke Up With You

  1. Understand the Reason for the Breakup: It’s critical to comprehend why the relationship ended. Was it due to communication issues, lifestyle differences, or perhaps personal behaviors that were challenging? This understanding is vital because it guides your response and change. Reflect on her feedback or the circumstances of your breakup. Sometimes, this might involve seeking insights from mutual friends or professionals like therapists.
  2. Focus on Personal Growth: Use the post-breakup time for self-development. This isn’t about making superficial changes but rather about genuine personal growth. It could involve working on emotional intelligence, picking up new hobbies, or improving physical health. The goal is to evolve into a better version of yourself, not just for the sake of the relationship, but for your own well-being. This process might make you more attractive to her and shows you’re capable of change and self-reflection.
  3. Re-establish Communication Thoughtfully: Timing and approach are key in re-establishing communication. Begin with no contact in most cases or perhaps light and non-intrusive contact in other cases. For example, you could comment on a social media post or send a message about something you know she’s interested in. When it is time, the initial conversation should be neutral and not immediately dive into relationship issues. It’s important to gauge her openness to communicate and proceed at a pace comfortable for both of you.
  4. Rebuild Trust and Friendship: Trust is often the first casualty in a breakup. Focus on rebuilding this trust by demonstrating consistency, reliability, and honesty in your interactions. Start by being a good friend. Show interest in her life, be supportive, and share your own experiences without pressuring her for a romantic reconciliation. Remember, a strong friendship can be the foundation for a renewed romantic relationship.
  5. Be Patient and Respect Her Decision: Patience is crucial in this process. You cannot rush emotional healing or the rebuilding of a connection. Be prepared for setbacks and be respectful of her feelings and decisions. If she expresses a desire for space or indicates she’s not interested in rekindling the relationship, it’s essential to respect that. This respect for her autonomy and your patience might positively influence her perception of you.
  6. Have a Game Plan For Your Situation: If you don’t have a pragmatic plan for your unique situation, you will likely struggle.  Get up to speed on our Ex Recovery Program so you can fashion yourself an effective Game Plan. Work with one of our Breakup Coaches.

25 Tactics to Help You Get Your Ex Back If They Left You

Beyond the core strategies, there are many tactics you can employ to help you with reuniting with your ex. Each one plays a crucial role in building a foundation for potentially getting back with the one who left you. It’s important to remember that these tactics should be used in conjunction with an overarching Game Plan or the advice of a Breakup Coach to get the most optimal results.

  1. Reflect on Your Mistakes: Take responsibility for your part in the breakup. Reflecting helps in understanding what behaviors or patterns may need changing.
  2. Improve Communication Skills: Effective communication is key in relationships. Work on expressing yourself clearly and understanding her point of view.
  3. Apologize Sincerely: If you were at fault, a sincere apology can go a long way. It shows maturity and acknowledgment of your actions.
  4. Stay Connected Through Social Media: Use your social media to subtly show positive changes in your life. Avoid direct posts aimed at her or obvious attempts to gain her attention.
  5. Give Her Space Initially: Respect her need for space immediately after the breakup. This demonstrates your respect for her feelings.
  6. Focus on Your Hobbies and Interests: Engage in activities that you love. It shows that you’re a well-rounded individual and not solely focused on the relationship.
  7. Stay Positive in Interactions: When you do communicate, keep the conversation light and positive. Avoid dwelling on past issues.
  8. Be a Good Listener: Show genuine interest in what she says. Listening is a form of respect and shows that you value her opinions.
  9. Enhance Your Appearance: A change in appearance can reflect a change in attitude and show that you’re taking steps towards self-improvement.
  10. Show Maturity: Handle all interactions maturely. This includes accepting the breakup and any subsequent communication.
  11. Display Your Emotional Stability: Demonstrate that you can handle emotions healthily. Emotional stability is attractive and reassuring.
  12. Express Empathy for Her Feelings: Show understanding and empathy for what she experienced. This can help heal wounds and rebuild a connection.
  13. Remind Her of Good Times: Share happy memories in a subtle way. It can remind her of the positive aspects of your relationship.
  14. Be There for Her as a Friend: Offer genuine friendship without ulterior motives. This can rebuild trust and comfort.
  15. Understand Her Current Life Situation: Stay aware of major events in her life and show understanding or support where appropriate.
  16. Demonstrate Reliability: Be dependable in small ways. This helps rebuild trust and shows your commitment.
  17. Show Flexibility and Openness to Change: Be open to changing views and approaches. It demonstrates growth and adaptability.
  18. Respect Her Boundaries: This is crucial. Respecting her boundaries shows that you respect her as an individual.
  19. Avoid Begging or Pleading: Begging is seen as desperation and can be off-putting. It also shows a lack of respect for her decision.
  20. Use Humor Wisely: Appropriately timed humor can lighten the mood but know when to be serious and respectful.
  21. Stay Socially Active: Show that you have a fulfilling life outside of the relationship. This is attractive and demonstrates independence.
  22. Avoid Jealousy or Manipulative Behaviors: Manipulation and jealousy are destructive. They can do more harm than good.
  23. Be Consistent in Your Efforts: Consistency shows sincerity and reliability, which are important in rebuilding a relationship.
  24. Show Your Support for Her Goals: Supporting her dreams and goals shows that you care about her happiness and success, not just the relationship.
  25. Keep Hope, But Prepare for Any Outcome: Maintain a positive outlook but be prepared to accept that she may not want to get back together. This mindset is important for your emotional well-being.

What Are The Worst Things You Can Do If Your Ex Initiates the Breakup With You?

If you’re considering trying to win your ex back after they initiated the breakup,  it’s just as important to know what not to do. Here are the top 10 worst things you could do in trying to get your ex back after they’ve broken up with you:

  1. Bombarding Your Ex with Constant Contact: Flooding your ex with calls, texts, or messages can feel overwhelming and push them further away. It shows a lack of respect for their space and decision.
  2. Using Emotional Blackmail or Guilt: Trying to manipulate them into coming back by using guilt, pity, or emotional blackmail is not only unhealthy but also counterproductive. It damages trust and respect.
  3. Stalking or Excessive Monitoring: Keeping tabs on their every move, either in real life or via social media, is invasive and creepy. It shows a lack of trust and respect for their privacy.
  4. Begging or Pleading for Another Chance: Begging or pleading comes off as desperate and can be a big turn-off. It also puts unfair pressure on your ex.
  5. Trying to Make Them Jealous: Using jealousy as a tool to reignite their interest is a risky strategy that often backfires. It can lead to more hurt and misunderstanding. Yes, it can work, but often under close scrutiny by a relationship expert.
  6. Talking Bad About Them to Friends or Online: Speaking negatively about your ex to mutual friends or on social media can get back to them and ruin any chances of reconciliation. It shows immaturity and disrespect.
  7. Ignoring Their Decision to Break Up: Not respecting their decision to end the relationship is a sign of not valuing their feelings and choices. It’s important to respect their autonomy. That is crucial.  This means you can’t crowd them.  Using a lengthy No Contact period is often the way to go if your ex has initiated the breakup.
  8. Making Grand Gestures Without Addressing Issues: Grand romantic gestures can be overwhelming and don’t address the underlying reasons for the breakup. They often come across as insincere.
  9. Pretending to Be Someone You’re Not: Changing your personality or interests drastically to fit what you think they want is unsustainable and dishonest. Authenticity is key in any relationship.
  10. Rushing Into a New Relationship to Make Them Jealous or Regretful: Jumping into a new relationship quickly to make your ex jealous or regret their decision is unfair to both the new person and your ex. It often stems from a place of hurt rather than genuine interest in the new relationship.



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Signed By Yours Truly, Chris Seiter, Founder of Ex Boyfriend & Ex Girlfriend Recovery.	

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