If you've just been through a bad breakup, don't go around swearing off guys for the rest of your life. You'll be closing down any chance you have of finding that perfect guy who might pop into your life 5 years later. Before you turn into a full-blown man-hater, give yourself time to go through a guy cleanse first. On the other hand, don't be that girl who can't go a day without her guy. Sometimes, we girls have to take a break and just breathe for a while. Regroup and rediscover who you were before all this complicated guy encounters changed you.
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Remember the first time you had an official crush on a guy? We're not talking "Oh, he's got cute eyes" kind of crush. It's much worse than that. It's that crush that leaves you guessing as to how one guy alone can determine how your mood for the rest of the day will go. When he smiles back at you in the morning, you'll be all smiles the whole day. When you say hi to him the next day and he ignores you, you'll be brooding and swearing off the rest of humanity for the whole day as well. You'll be wondering what you did wrong and you'll be so distracted that you just can't function well in class. You've got it bad, girl. That emotional roller coaster you'll be going through is just one of the many signs that says you're making your way down the road of a girl who'll eventually need a guy cleanse. Those crazy mood swings aren't good for you.
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What about that time you finally got your first boyfriend? Everything may have been fun and sweet at first, but things eventually took a turn for the worst. He may have been getting jealous over petty things, prohibited you from wearing shorts and tank tops, kept you from hanging out with other guy friends. It got to a point where it started getting too suffocating. You have a life and he failed to accept that. Well, there goes your first boyfriend. He may leave your life, but you'll be left with the idea of guys being controlling jerks. That's far from the truth! There are boys out there who'll take care of you and accept you for who you are.
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If you've been through the above scenarios, give yourself some space off boys for the meantime. Don't jump to the conclusion that boys should never be mixed into your life equation because you think they're all bad news. When you go through a guy relationship cleanse, you'll be giving yourself some me time. You've gone through a period in your life when you had to sacrifice your own happiness for the sake of your guy. There's nothing bad about that, especially when he's worth all the effort. But now that you're going through a guy cleanse, it's time to allow yourself to enjoy life. This is the time when you can rediscover yourself. Take a break from all those emotional boy drama in your life. Maybe you've let go of opportunities in the past. Now's the time to make up for it. You have another chance to reset your priorities and focus your attention on other things in life.
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Remember that before you commit yourself to another person, you have to find yourself first. Make sure you know who how to stand on your own. You should be able to become a strong, independent woman. Going through a guy cleanse should help you realize who you are as a person, without anyone else being your defining points. Breathe. Get yourself the "me" time you need to discover you were when life was simpler. And when you're ready, you'll be able to open up that confident heart of yours to the one who deserves it.