Breakups are terrible. There's no way around how painful it can be; it can commandeer your life until you've found a way to move past it. Learning to cope is part of the process, and sometimes your favorite ice cream or sad mixtape aren't enough.
These businesses understand how you're feeling and are here to help you get back on the up-and-up. Here are six breakup inspired businesses to help you learn to love again.
Breakups are a special class of unkind. It disrupts your life and often can derail your every day. Mend aims to help the recently single with a heartbreak cleanse.
According to the site, they believe that you can not only mend, but thrive, after a breakup. "We believe an end, in whatever form it takes, is just the beginning of rebuilding the life and love you want."
Mend comes with a blog with advice on how to move on, a newsletter, an app that acts as your "personal trainer" for heartbreak. The site offers a heartbreak assessment to better understand your level of heartbreak and the type of healing you need.
Museum of Broken Relationships
Breakups are rough. Someone is hurting from the events that transpired and often, items tied to the relationship are mementos of pain. If you're in the Los Angeles area, the Museum of Broken Relationships may be a great place to visit to commiserate with the jilted.
According to the museum's website, the exhibits reflect the full range of human emotions. Some are sad; but many are amusing and hopeful and remind us that people change, grow and recover. Love relationships may end; relationships with family members, business partners, cities, religions and even with our former selves may end. But we learn and move on.
Though the museum's location is on the west coast, anyone can donate an object anonymously. The dislocation of a broken relationship may be isolating, but the experience is universal. No one is alone in this, the site says.
The end of a relationship can be infuriating and sometimes, unfair. If you don't have a healthy outlet to channel that anger, consider visiting the Anger Room in Dallas, Texas, could be a good alternative for you – especially if thinking about your ex makes you want to break things.
Sign up to reserve a room and choose a package that meets your stress level. Options include "I need a break," which lasts for five minutes, "Lash Out," at 15 minutes, and "Demolition" mode, lasting 25 minutes. Head over 10 minutes early to get suited up in protective gear and goggles, and prepare to break things.
If you want to help others experience such smashing satisfaction, Anger Room accepts donations of items like old computers, mirrors, tables, chairs, vases and more.
When you've finally passed the breakup rage stage, it's time to start ridding yourself of everything ex-related. It's bad enough that you're newly single and not so happy about it, but social media makes getting over it that much more painful.
Every time you sign online, you're forced to look at Facebook posts and all the photos you're tagged in together.
Luckily, there's an app for that. Killswitch gives you the power to set and identify your target (your ex) and what kinds of posts you want to hide, like photos and status updates, then the app goes through your account to hide everything.
Killswitch also saves all of those old photos in a hidden album on your Facebook page. So if you and your old flame rekindle your relationship (or you just want to laugh at them later when you're finally over it), they're not gone for good.
The app is available free in the App Store and in the Google Play store. The company also donates a portion of its proceeds to the American Heart Association "so broken hearts can help broken hearts."
Never Liked It Anyway
Never Liked It Anyway is the website you can turn to when you realize you really never did like that necklace those poorly-chosen gifts from your ex.
With Never Liked It Anyway, you can sell all the gifts your old partner gave you and buy new items to treat yourself.
The best part? Each item displays the original cost of the item and the new "break up price" so you can see what kind of deal you're getting. You may not be able to put a price on love, but with Never Liked It Anyway you can put a price on getting over it.
I Do Now I Don't
I Do Now I Don't is the more serious version of Never Liked It Anyway. Instead of selling your old unwanted gifts, I Do Now I Don't is there for you when your wedding gets called off or you get divorced and you need to sell your engagement ring, wedding band and other expensive pieces of jewelry.
The business operates on the concept that jewelers often markup diamonds by 200 to 300 percent, and when you try to sell your pieces back they offer you much less than what you paid. Another alternative, pawn shops, will probably offer you only 10 percent of what your items are worth, according to the I Do Now I Don't website.
The company boasts that sellers can earn up to two times more for their diamond jewelry using their marketplace. And while nobody wants to be left at the altar, getting more of your money back does soften the blow a little.
Additional reporting by Brittney Morgan (Helmrich).