What Each Zodiac Sign Is Like When They’re Heartbroken

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Aries

(March 21st to April 19th)

A heartbroken Aries focuses on going, going, going. You figure that if you keep yourself as busy as is humanly possible, you’ll be able to alleviate your mind a little bit, even if your heart is still heavy as hell.

Taurus

(April 20th to May 21st)

A heartbroken Taurus misses the companionship and familiarity most of all. You absolutely treasure being around people you love, so when you’re going through heartbreak, the hardest part for you is the loneliness and all the new time you have to spend with just yourself.

Gemini

(May 22nd to June 21st)

A heartbroken Gemini typically seems fine – from the outside. You really don’t like to show your fragile side to anyone, so even when you are crushed on the inside, you are constantly trying to put on a brave face.

Cancer

(June 22nd to July 22nd)

A heartbroken Cancer doesn’t try to hide anything. When you’re feeling shattered and devastated, you don’t try to play it off like you’re not – you’re just honest about how you feel. You wear your emotions on your sleeve, both when you’re madly in love and when you’re madly heartbroken.

Leo

(July 23rd to August 22nd)

A heartbroken Leo says ‘yes’ to everything. The biggest hit you take when you’re heartbroken is your pride – you’re not used to feeling so weak, downhearted, and melancholy. So what you do in order to feel even moderately in control is to say yes to everything – social outings, catch-ups with friends, new hobbies, work opportunities, anything and everything.

Virgo

(August 23rd to September 22nd)

A heartbroken Virgo is often very self-critical. You beat yourself up and tell yourself you were right for overthinking your relationship so much – and that it’s your own fault you got hurt because you ‘should have been more cautious.’

Libra

(September 23rd to October 22nd)

A heartbroken Libra is not at all sure what to do. On the one hand, you want to curl up in a corner, bingewatch a show, and refuse to leave your home for days. On the other hand, you thrive in social settings and get your energy and joy from being around people, so you often crave being with your friends – even if it means being a much more quiet and reserved version of yourself for a little while.

Scorpio

(October 23rd to November 22nd)

A heartbroken Scorpio feels totally upside down. You’re used to being the one who calls the shots in your love life, so when you end up blindsided and at a loss for how to heal, you don’t know which way is up. Because of this, you will often act impulsively – spending too much money, drinking more than normal, not taking care of your health, showing interest in someone who’s not trustworthy, etc.

Sagittarius

(November 23rd to December 21st)

A heartbroken Sagittarius is diligent about self-care. You still allow yourself to feel sad and down and lonely, but you put all of your leftover focus and energy into doing things that will help you heal slowly – like taking fun trips to visit friends or signing up for a class you’ve always wanted to take or treating yourself to a couple of fun purchases that you’ve been thinking about for a long time.

Capricorn

(December 22nd to January 20th)

A heartbroken Capricorn is methodical about moving on. You let yourself grieve the relationship for what you consider an ‘appropriate’ amount of time and then you start actively pursuing a plan that will help you heal – doing things within your control (like finally starting up that side business or organizing some fun things on your social calendar) that will make you feel like you have some authority over your own emotions.

Aquarius

(January 21st to February 18th)

A heartbroken Aquarius takes a while to even acknowledge that heartbreak. You ‘feel safer’ pushing the hurt down and doing whatever you can to distract yourself from addressing your feelings. But once you slowly start to be honest with yourself about your emotions, you channel them into the passions that you care the most about.

Pisces

(February 19th to March 20th)

A heartbroken Pisces is honest and candid about being devastated. You don’t try to disguise your sadness, and find that you gain much more strength, endurance, and healing from leaning on your loved ones and talking openly with them about how crestfallen you are. TC mark

Kim Quindlen

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