Encourage creative outlets - artwork, creating or listening to music, sports, journaling. Feelings will change from day to day and week to week, and journaling is an empowering way for them to reflect and track their healing process.
Encourage good self-care – eating enough and eating healthily, sleeping enough, exercising, reaching out to their friends, treating themselves with special care during this difficult time
Encourage more time with friends and family – it’s not uncommon for teens to have backed away from some of their friendships in favor of spending time with their love interest, and a break-up is a good time to reconnect. Reassure them that friends are usually understanding of this. Take advantage of this down time to plan family and/or one-on-one activities with your teen.
“Educate them” on normal feelings in break-ups – teens are relatively inexperienced when it comes to break-ups. Anytime we’re in a new situation, it’s helpful for them to know what to expect and to hear that what we’re experiencing isn’t crazy.
Let your teen know they won’t always feel this bad about the situation, that break-ups are a pretty universal human experience, and that most people don’t end up with the first person they’ve ever gone out with.