Being with a cowboy has lots of positive aspects, from spending plenty of time outdoors in fresh air, as most country boys would take a camping trip or a walk in the park over watching Netflix on the couch any day, to living the simple life and not worrying about all things material. On the other hand, getting over a cowboy is anything but a walk in the park, which is why we’d like to offer our advice on what you can do to mend a broken heart the right way instead of looking for a patched up, short-term solution (a.k.a. rebound sex). You may never wish to date a cowboy again, and that’s fine, but learning to forgive and leave it behind will allow you to move on with your life and be happy once more.

#1: Avoid Seeing Him

If at all possible, avoid seeing your cowboy because if you keep running into him or keeping in touch, his proximity will only fuel your desire to try and get him back or try to work out your issues, thus prolonging the getting-over-him part of the breakup. Don’t run to his friends for support or to cry on their shoulder, and stop following him on social media because you don’t want him popping up on your newsfeed all the time. He may not be happy without you, but you don’t want to see that either as no contact is the best strategy to move on indeed.Your cowboy dating site profile should be ignored or deleted for the time being.

#2: Hang Out With the People Who Make You Feel Good

Friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, yoga partners or anyone in your life who can relate to what you’re going through and can offer constructive feedback is welcome to join you as you search for meaning post-breakup. Take long walks with your cousins after work, go for a swim with a friend early in the morning, have them over to help you de-clutter your place, and try to stay as active as possible as you surround yourself with the people who are important to you.

#3: Physical Activity is the Answer to All Your Problems

OK, that may have been a slight exaggeration, but physical activity is the answer to almost all of your problems, a broken heart included. No, it will not bring him back, make you forget him overnight or bring prince charming to your doorstep, but it will stimulate theproduction of happy hormones that will make you feel better about yourself and improve your self-confidence even if the effect isn’t as long lasting as you’d like. Cowboy dating may have been your dream, but focusing on yourself, both mentally and physically will help you grow, put your past goals behind, and make new ones. Walk after work instead of taking the car, go for a jog in the morning or early evening, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and be mindful of everything you do as you look for little ways to increase your physical activity and make yourself feel better.