When it comes to breakups, space is a good thing. That isn't to say you're forbidden from talking to your ex, but when that familiar impulse rises in your chest to reach out to them — pause for a second. Ask yourself why you want to text your ex and if it's something that a friend, roommate, or family member could help you with instead. It's totally normal to struggle with wanting to text your ex but it's important to consider the emotional impact of reaching out to them.
I remember throwing my back out once and texting an ex because I needed someone to pick up medicine for me at the pharmacy. It made things way worse when they didn't respond and I ended up being hurt from an injury and by my ex. It wasn't their fault at all, and they weren't intentionally trying to hurt my feelings, but when relationships end, it's easy to forget that your ex may not respond to you in the way they did when you were dating.
Sometimes what it comes down to is understanding what you need in that moment that's making you want to text them. The good news is that there are numerous people in your life that you can lean on when you're going through a breakup. Take a look at the situations below in which you might be tempted to text your ex and see who you can contact instead!