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Simply Solo Spotlight: 4 Ways To Cure Your Broken Heart – Italian-American (Girl) Style

June 5, 2012

Rachel Russo headshotToday’s Simply Solo Spotlight is written by Rachel Russo, author of the blog Status Makeover, where you can get all sorts of advice on relationships, love and dating. Rachel is also author of a new Ebook launching this summer titled, “How to Get over Your Ex: A Step By Step Guide to Mend a Broken Heart–Italian American (Girl) Style.”

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4 Ways To Cure Your Broken Heart: Italian-American (Girl) Style

There is no question about it: In the days following a breakup, you are likely to be in your most vulnerable state. Essentially, you are the equivalent of a piece of glass that has broken into a million little slivers. If you try to quickly put the pieces back together in any old fashion, you may hurt yourself more. Luckily, there are other options! If you utilize my four breakup cures, you, like Kelly Clarkson, could come back swinging!  By the way, she’s not even Italian, and neither must you be to enjoy, appreciate, and benefit from the advice that follows.

CURE 1:  LET YOURSELF FEEL BROKEN BUT REALIZE YOU ARE NOT BROKEN. (Because Italian-Americans are tough cookies.)

Repeat after me, right this second: I AM NOT BROKEN. Now go shout it from the rooftop! Listen, I know it hurts. Like a mother ******! You are going to feel like crap. For a while. Then you are going to start to feel better. And then you are going to feel like crap. Again. You might want to curl up into the fetal position and cry for days. You will sleep until your back hurts from sleeping so much and only stop when you realize you don’t want to sleep your life away. So cry yourself a river, and then get on with it. You are stronger than you think!

CURE 2:  COME TO BELIEVE THAT YOUR EX IS STUNAD. (But you are thinking like an Italian-American and are therefore always right! Sorta.)

Clearly, your ex is stunad—more commonly known as stupid. So what if he went to Harvard! Anyone who doesn’t recognize what a prize you are is displaying considerable evidence of stupidity. There is a common denominator among stunad exes. They are selfish, immature, and see the world only from their eyes. They think more about what they want than what is good for you and the relationship as a whole. They are usually poor communicators who never really understand their emotional needs—let alone your emotional needs. With a stunad, you never really feel understood or taken care of. You know your ex is stunad if he purposely waits hours to answer your text messages, barely calls, and frequently breaks plans. He may not want to make your relationship official, and he probably has the potential to leave you at the altar. Oh, and he is most likely selfish in bed. Not very appealing, huh? If you met your ex now and knew his true stunad colors, you would run faster than a NY minute, right? He’s wrong. You’re right.  Your relationship is done. End of story.

CURE # 3: DO MORE THAN JUST PUT A BAND-AID ON IT.  (Italian-Americans stay up and fight.)

When it comes to breakups, there really are no quick fixes. You can’t just put a Band-Aid on this junk and expect it to heal. In other words, when you have fully comprehended that your ex is stupid, you are ready to go deeper and fight for your recovery! Yes, recovery, because your ex is toxic. Are you wondering if your ex was really like poison? Well, do you feel that the relationship was unbalanced—with you giving a lot more than you were receiving? No wonder you feel depleted. Look in the mirror. Are you the same as you were when you started seeing your ex? If the relationship did not make you a better person, it drained you in some way. Did it rob you of your confidence? Kill your motivation? Make you complacent? Cause you to have trust issues? Leave you thinking that being man-less for the rest of your life isn’t such a bad idea after all? Oh, girl, your pain is very real. Do the dirty work of embracing your core issues, learn the lessons your failed relationship brought, and keep it moving!

CURE 4: GO LIVE LA DOLCE VITA—COMPLETE WITH FOOD, FAMILY, & FASHION (Because that’s what real Italian-Americans do!)

The days after a breakup are the ideal time to adopt the Italian definition of “the good life.” With the Italian-American culture, good food and drinks are always included! There’s no better moment to live a laid-back life of enjoyment! And you should look beautiful and fashionable while doing it! There are so many fabulous Italian Fashion designers. Gucci. Prada. D&G. Versace. Armani. Need I say more? Let their work inspire you to look your best—especially when you are feeling your worst. Feeling beautiful can start from the outside, and looking hot is the best revenge. Your heart is hurting enough, my luvah, and the last thing you need is a growling stomach. So feed yourself with the best of food and wine your money can buy. Like a real Italian. With friends, family, and all those people who are not your cousins that you call your cousins. Live it up!

The End. Badda Bing, Badda Boom.

What has helped you get over a past relationship? Did you adopt anything from Italian-American culture in your journey of getting over an ex?


Copyright 2012. Simply Solo blog by Catherine Gryp. All Rights Reserved.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2012 10:13 am

    any tips to find a new guy Irish style?

  2. June 5, 2012 11:49 am

    Great advice! You make me want to be Italian! A little pasta, red wine and Moonstruck would help on the path to healing.

  3. June 6, 2012 7:35 am

    Reblogged this on mywaykeatslover.

  4. June 12, 2012 11:21 pm

    Thanks for the comments! It is always good to be Italian-American or just act like you are! 🙂 Italians and Irish going very well actually–at least where I am originally from in North NJ. But, hmm, Irish style, I can offer you some tips in an article I wrote for St. Patty’s Day, (Yes, getting an Irish guy always involves a bar…hahaha. Sorry I could not resist!) You can check out my blog entry, “Finding Romance On St. Patty’s Day: 5 Tips To Your Pot Of Gold” here

  5. Dee permalink
    February 11, 2016 11:50 pm

    Loved your article on Simply Solo Spotlight: 4 Ways To Cure Your Broken Heart – Italian-American (Girl) Style by Rachel Russo
    I am broken-hearted but a very tough survivor, so I am betting on me. However, during one of my “low” moments (and I’m sure we all have those during our recovery process), I googled break-up advise. I found most were written by people who didn’t have the slightest idea of what I was really going through. Then I found yours….Loved this one. It was humorous and empowering. It totally made me forget what I was missing and made me realize just how much more I had to look forward to. Thank you!!!!

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