If you actually had been touched by a hot poker, you would need something to cool the burn immediately. Likewise, to relieve the pain of a recent breakup, do something that will quell the initial ache. Do something to treat yourself. Get a facial, book a massage or a mani-pedi -- anything that feels luxurious. If something else comforts you -- walking along the beach, hitting the gym -- do it.
Being at home will just remind you of him, even if you didn't live together. Everywhere you look, you'll think of meals you cooked together, hours spent making out on your couch or all the times he stayed over and cooked breakfast for you in the morning. So, avoid staying in your house immediately following a breakup. If you can't bear to leave, have someone else come over to keep you company and distract you from how awful you're feeling.
If the sting is still fierce, don't be alone. Enlist the help and support of close friends to help you through it. You may not feel too social or talkative, but trust us: Being with people who love you is necessary to kill the pain. It doesn't matter what you look like, what you're wearing or if you haven't showered in three days. The point is to be around people who can give you a fresh perspective and distract you from your current misery.
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