The Thanksgiving Break Break Up is also called a Turkey Drop (1, 2, 3). Turkey Drops happen around Thanksgiving when students return home and find that they are no longer interested in their high school sweetheart, or when people in a budding romance realize that it will never reach full bloom by the end of the year.
Breaking up can be stressful. So here is some advice about what to do if you are part of a Turkey Drop.
- If you are ending the relationship, consider the other person’s feelings. You do not have to remain best friends, but try to part on good terms to reduce the stress.
- Consider that if geographical distance has been a problem in the relationship, the other person may feel the same way you do.
- Finals will be around the corner when you return to campus, and you may experience a variety of emotions as a result of the break-up. Contact Counseling and Wellness to gain perspective and learn coping mechanisms to prevent break-up related emotions from interfering with finals.
- Consider any follow-up steps you need to take to end the relationship. Do you want to erase the former significant other from all aspects of Facebook? Do they have things at your place that need to be returned or vice versa? Considering these factors and taking action may help you move forward.
- Make time for friends and doing things that you enjoy. This will relieve some stress and provide a pleasant distraction.
Additional information about dealing with break-ups can be found here.
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