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6 Satisfying Ways to Get Revenge on Your Ex

Your ex boyfriend hurt you a thousand ways, and all you can think about is how to get revenge. These tips for getting revenge on your ex are inspired by the parable of a princess warrior. She got even with those who hurt her, but she paid a huge price.

“Get revenge in a way that is almost cruel. Forgive them.” That’s the best way to get revenge on your ex boyfriend. It frees you emotionally, spiritually, and even physically.

“Your tips on how to stop thinking about a breakup are good,” says Misha on How to Stop Thinking About Your Ex Boyfriend. “But I have one obstacle: my ex won’t leave me alone. He keeps trying to hurt me because I broke up with him, and he can’t accept it. He refuses to let me go in peace. The worst thing he did last night was call my mom in the middle of the night. When she hung up on him, he kept calling back. My mom isn’t in good health. She called the police, and they visited him because he threatened her. Now all I can think of is getting revenge on him. I think he’ll leave us alone now, which will make it easier…except now I just want to know how to get revenge my ex for harassing my mom! How do I let go of these black feelings???”

I love how Misha said it’s her “black feelings” that she needs to let go of. That’s exactly what is causing her to want to get revenge on her ex: dark, shadowy, painful black emotions that will grow and overcome her.

Revenge is a confession of pain. It’s a way to cope with rejection, anger, betrayal, and bitterness. But, getting revenge doesn’t heal your spirit. Learning how to get revenge on your ex-boyfriend won’t make you feel better about who you are or where you’re going. You need to focus on healing after the breakup, not wasting your time and energy on a guy who is destroying your spirit, heart, and life.

My tips for getting revenge on your ex – and healing your broken heart – are inspired by a parable of a princess warrior.

The Parable of the Princess Warrior

Once upon a time, there was a princess warrior who suffered defeat in a battle and the loss of everything she held dear. She swore she’d get revenge, and called upon the gods of vengeance. She was offered a sword that would make her invincible. The princess warrior would suffer defeat no more.

The only drawback was that the princess warrior would never be able to put down the sword. She would have to sleep and eat with the sword in her hand for the rest of her life.

Her pain and bitterness blinding her, the princess warrior agreed. She took up the sword. She felt a strange power flow through her, from the sword to her arm, her body, her soul. She felt invincible. The warning about never being able to put this sword down seemed insignificant. The princess warrior never wanted to put it down, she felt so powerful with the sword in her hand!

How to Get Revenge on My Ex Boyfriend
How to Get Revenge on Your Ex Boyfriend

The princess warrior set off in pursuit of her enemies so she could get revenge. One by one she tracked them down, and as the gods had promised, she was never defeated. In fact, she grew stronger and ever more vengeful. No one could stand against her; everyone feared her. The princess warrior’s wrath became a legend of power and hatred.

She slowly awoke to an agony that was killing her spirit and soul. The princess warrior realized this was indeed no ordinary sword. In fact it was not a sword at all – it was a serpent. She had sought, invited, and indeed welcomed the serpent to take hold of her, to sink his loathsome fangs into her hand and soul.

The princess warrior’s victories belonged to the serpent. It wasn’t the princess warrior who was getting revenge on those who hurt her…it was the serpent consuming her and everyone in her path. With every battle, with every victory, with every passing day the serpent consumed more of the princess warrior.

She would do anything to put the sword down, but she never could. Eventually the serpent consumed her, and the princess warrior was no more.

6 Ways to Get Revenge on Your Ex

Does learning how to get revenge on your ex seem less significant now, after reading the parable of the princess warrior’s vengeance? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, these tips on getting revenge on your ex-boyfriend will help you settle the breakup in your own mind.

1. Get enough sleep

Sleeping well may seem like a weird tip for getting revenge, but it make sense when you know what the American Academy of Sleep Medicine was about sleeplessness, revenge, and aggression. The sleepier you are, the more likely you’ll keep thinking about how things could have been better.

If you’re tired, you’re more likely to believe that your ex’s bad behavior and poor choices were responsible for the breakup. If you’re sleepy, you’re prone to thinking about what could have been. You’re unhappy with your life. You’re obsessed with angry thoughts about how your ex could have done better. If you take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, you’re less likely to let the serpent and the sword consume you. Your ending will be much sweeter than the princess warrior’s.

2. Send your ex on his way

Revenge is a way to stay connected. You’re searching for tips on how to get revenge on your ex-boyfriend because you don’t want to let go of him. You want him in your life, and you want him to be aware of how much he hurt you. You want him to know that he destroyed your life, that he is lower than dirt, and that he won’t get away with what he did to you. The problem with revenge, however, is that it keeps you connected to the darkest parts of yourself.

Getting revenge isn’t the answer, as we saw in the parable of the princess warrior. Revenge is the doorway to a darker, more bitter place that will destroy you.

3. Let karma do her job

Whether you call it revenge or justice or karma, your ex will get what’s coming to him. If he deserves to be punished, he will be punished. Don’t get in the way of the natural order of justice, or of karma. Let karma or God take care of the past, of the way things “should be.”

However, if your ex did anything illegal, I encourage you to talk to the police about pressing charges. Forgiveness doesn’t mean allowing yourself to be walked on – nor does it mean your ex should get away with illegal or immoral actions. There is a huge difference between getting revenge on your ex because your feelings are hurt versus pressing charges against a man who harmed you.

4. Learn how to let go of someone you love

How to Get Revenge on Your Ex Boyfriend

I wrote 75 How to Let Go of Someone You Love: 3 Powerful Secrets (and 75 Tips!) for Healing Your Heart because I needed to learn how to let go of my sister. Letting her go was the most painful and difficult thing I ever did, but I had no choice.

To write this ebook, I interviewed life coaches, counselors, and grief coaches on letting go. I know how shocking, confusing, and heart-wrenching it is when you’re letting go of a loved one. It’s devastating – and it changes how you see yourself. Learning how to let go of someone you love is about rediscovering your passion and identity.

Here’s what a reader recently emailed me about Letting Go of Someone You Love: “I gobbled the book down. Great help in putting things in perspective and in taking positive thoughtful action. Many thanks for sharing your wisdom and experiences.”

5. Focus on getting your self back instead of getting revenge on your ex

Don’t let your ex steal your spirit, soul, and dreams! The more time and energy you spend thinking about how to get revenge, the less time and energy you have for healing, growing, and restoring your identity. Every second you spend plotting revenge on your ex-boyfriend is another second of your life that is gone forever. Revenge is the dark side. Learn from the princess warrior’s experience with the all-consuming nature of vengeance! Free yourself from the serpent that will destroy your life.

6. Heap on the “self care” after a breakup

When I was studying for my MSW (Master of Social Work) at UBC, we learned about the importance of self-care. Whether you’re coping with a bad breakup, picking yourself up after a divorce, helping your children heal after abuse, or reeling from the shock of a betrayal – you need to take care of yourself. Being kind to yourself – living well, pampering your body, healing your hurts – is one of the best “ways to get revenge” because it heals you and doesn’t hurt others.

How you take care of yourself depends on your personality, lifestyle, income, and preferences. I take care of myself by leaning into God. I trust Him, and believe He loves me. My relationship with God has walked me through piles of problems, and my prayer for you is that you find ways to heal from the breakup without feeling the need to get revenge on your ex boyfriend.

If you want to get revenge on your ex because you didn’t experience a proper ending, read How to Heal Your Heart Without Relationship Closure.

I welcome your thoughts on how to get revenge on your ex boyfriend or ex husband below. I can’t offer advice or counseling, but it may help you (and other readers) if you shared your story. Writing can bring insight and clarity, and help you process difficult emotions.

She got revenge in a way that was almost cruel. She forgave them.


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39 thoughts on “6 Satisfying Ways to Get Revenge on Your Ex”

  1. My ex is a married man who I have been friends with for couple of years. He was always telling me how unhappy he is at home and that he wanted to leave his wife and I fell for that. We started dating few months ago, things were great, I was there for him emotionally and to listen to everything he had to say about his life. Even though I never slept with him but I fell such connection. One day I saw pictures of him and his family on social media, looking happy and stuff so I call him to end things cause I couldn’t bare to be the reason why his family might break but he refused, he begged me to stay, saying that I will destroy him, I will break him so I stated with him. Fast forward, about 3 weeks ago he send me a messagesaying he needed a break, I couldn’t understand coz we were in such a good place. I was so confused and broken. I confronted him andhe keeps making up stories about how he can’t give me the life he promised. Only to find out that he’s seeing someoneels. I have been crying myself to sleep everyday, every time I think about him I cry. It’s so lonely not to be able to talk to him, we use to talk everyday and now he’s blocked me on his Whatsapp and I’m so broken over this.
    I have been contemplating on telling his wife about the whole thing just so I could hurt him the way that he has hurt me.
    I work with me so that means I get to see him everyday but I can’t talk to him.

    This is killing me, please help 😢

    1. I would tell his wife! That would make you feel better but may cause a lot of drama. More than likely you will find out he lied about being unhappy with his wife. You’re not me tho and sadly that’s why I’m here :/ So you may not want to take my advice. Sometimes it’s not best to let the wife know out of spite :/ He’s a as*hole. I hope you’re doing better now.

  2. This story really reasonated with me. I’m so lost in anger and bitterness I can’t find my way anymore. I’m consumed with anger and hostility toward my ex.

    I will need to read, and re-read this story over and over to even begin to move past my anger.

  3. She left me out of the blue. Pretended everything was fine. After 10 months of having wonderful time together. All her friends enjoyed my company, her family (with the exception of her to boys and her mother). We did so much together, I cooked for her, helped her with her house, rubbed her feet…absolutely loved her in every way. Out of the blue…said she just did not love me…I was not enough for her.

  4. Thank you-thank you-and thank you for this article. I went through what I would consider to be an “Instantaneous” Break-up! Although I saw changes and felt a constant churning in the pit of my stomach prior to him ending our relationship-it all came to a halt in the blink of an eye. He literally went from-“You’re my Baby and I want to keep you safe and warm”—to wanting me to leave and give him back his door key-in an instant! How the hell does someone flip the switch that fast? I was good to him-His son—(Not Our’s Together) none the less-I treated him like my own-and loved and took care of his dog. I never cheated nor lied to him-carried him financially when he had nothing-and did everything for him that a wife would have done-except for having his last name and a ring on my finger! Perhaps that was the problem. He became so complacent and in the end-acted as if I was a life long enemy-of his. God help me to understand-I just can’t-and the lack of closure prolongs my healing. In an instant-the man that claimed that he loved me-the home I grown to love-his son-his dogs-all of the dreams of a future with this man-our plans-my hopes and dreams—-all gone! So there I stood-BROKEN! I have cried a million tears-completely bent God’s ears-searched my mind and soul for answers-become a total insomniac-and almost lost my mind. Yet he goes on with his life-as if he hasn’t a care in the world. Can a person truly have no heart and show no remoarse for destroying another human beings life? I can’t understand and maybe I never will. I have spent a lot of my time in plotting some sort of revenge-but in all actuality-there is NOTHING I could ever do to him that would come close to causing him as much pain as he has inflicted upon me. Reading this article re-enforces this way of thinking in me. So-do I give up and say—You Win? NO—-I don’t have to say anything at all. If there’s one thing I know for sure-HE is the loser here. He had someone with one of the purest heart’s that God ever placed in a woman. He had a love that was REAL—–(so hard to find these days). He gave up someone that would have stuck with him till his dying day. He gave up a pair of Blue Eyes that once sparkled every time I looked at him. He gave up the woman that he told me that he had Prayed so hard for. So-HE truly is the one that will suffer in the end. God don’t like ugly and the Bible says that vengeance is mine-saith the Lord! In due season-he will reap what he has sown. That thought will help to sustain me-as I go through my healing from all that he has done. I appreciate the opportunity to comment on this site. Again—Thank You for your article!

    1. No one seems to be answering these, but I went through the same thing. There needs to be a law against deliberately lifting a woman all of the way up just to destroy her by suddenly running off. Most people don’t realize it, but it is the same as murder.