Heal a Broken Heart With 'Breakup Bootcamp' Author Amy Chan

Amy Chan

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Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life.

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Meet Amy Chan

Amy Chan has been writing about relationships and dating for over a decade. In her book, Breakup Bootcamp, she explains the science-backed approaches to heal from past, rewire subconscious patterns, and create healthy love.

Amy is also Editor-in-Chief of Heart Hackers Club—an online magazine that focuses on the psychology behind love, lust, and desire. She has been featured across national media including a cover story on the front page of the New York Times, Good Morning America, Nightline, Fortune, Marie Claire, Vogue, and more.

Why Amy Chan Is Mentally Strong

When Amy Chan went through a tough breakup, she struggled to heal her broken heart. She felt depressed, anxious, and she even became suicidal.

Her experience made her realize that there aren’t many resources available for people who are struggling to recover from a breakup. So she decided to share her wisdom and start Renew Breakup Bootcamp, a retreat that takes a scientific and spiritual approach to healing the heart.

What You'll Hear on the Show

What You’ll Learn About Healing From a Broken Heart and Mental Strength

Sometimes, people think that self-care after a break up means sitting around in your pajamas and eating ice cream. But that’s self-pity, not self-care.

While it’s important to let yourself experience sadness, healing also involves pushing yourself to do things you don’t want to do. Whether that means eating dinner with friends or taking a class, put yourself out there. 

This doesn’t mean you should ignore your feelings by “staying busy.” That’s not healthy either. But, taking positive action while also allowing yourself time to grieve can be key to healing a broken heart. 

Quotes From Amy

Amy Chan

When you judge yourself for feeling bad, you just add an extra layer of shame.

— Amy Chan
  • "We have compound trauma that adds up. And then that last one kind of catapults us into this journey of healing and feeling it all at once."
  • "One of the things you need to do after a breakup is to create a strategy on how you are going to fill your time."
  • "Your body's in a state of shock, and it's going to try and do whatever it can to get more of that feeling. And so sometimes we're stalking their Instagram or re-reading text messages or even calling them and having a fight."

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.