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On National Get Over It Day, on March 9, people everywhere are encouraged to self-reflect and move on from whatever it is that’s weighing on them. Created by Jeff Goldblatt — an entrepreneur who was having trouble getting over an ex-girlfriend, the day has its roots in failed romance — something that’s very challenging to get over! Realizing his pain was relatable, Goldblatt made a website and posted a poem. The rest, as they say, is history (the relationship included). Today, let’s take some time to self-reflect, figure out what’s weighing us down, and decide that the past should live in the past. Let’s get started and get over it!
History of National Get Over It Day
National Get Over It Day starts with one guy going through a breakup — what’s more relatable than that? Atlanta native entrepreneur Jeff Goldblatt strategically positioned the new holiday between Valentine’s Day and April Fools after he realized so many people would relate to the difficulty he was having getting over his breakup.
To get the ball rolling, Jeff started a webpage and wrote the poem that truly started the holiday. It’s called “The GetOverItDay.com Purpose & Perspective Poem,” and you can go read it, listen to it, or watch it on YouTube, today!
A plethora of books, movies, and songs dedicated to getting over it have been made. Ok Go’s song, ‘Get Over It’ was released in 2002, as was Avril Lavinge’s ‘Get Over It.’ ‘I’m Movin On’ by Rascal Flatts, ‘Shoutout to my Ex’ by Little Mix, and ‘DONE’ by The Band Perry are also centered around moving on and getting over an ex.
Besides music, movies about breakups have been both blockbusters and important mediums for the heartbroken to find their peace and get over their breakups. Some of the most popular movies are “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” (1998), “Bridget Jones’s Diary” (2001), and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004). Self-help sections in libraries and bookstores are positively jam-packed with breakup advice and books to help get over life’s stumbles and failings. Some popular titles include “Get Over It: Thought Therapy for Healing the Hard Stuff” by Iyanla Vanzant, and “Getting Past Your Breakup” by Susan G. Elliott.
After his poem went viral, Jeff added more to his website, including Get Over It Day merchandise and an audio clip telling whoever’s listening to get over it. Today, anyone can go to his website and pick up some jelly bracelets that read “it could always be worse,” then email firstname.lastname@example.org about exactly what they’re getting over and, once it reaches the other side, it will be printed out and shredded! The interesting site has garnered much attention. If you’re curious, go check it out!
National Get Over It Day timeline
When Marc Antony leaves his wife, Octavia, civil war begins in Rome that ends with Mark defeated and the first Emperor of Rome on the throne.
When church law prohibits Henry VIII from divorcing Boleyn, who he was no longer in love with, he beheads her rather than just changing the law and dumping her.
Lincoln breaks up with Mary Owens and moves to Springfield, Illinois.
After 10 years together, this power couple separates and files for divorce.
Hearts broke around the world when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced their split in 2016, after having created a family of six children.
National Get Over It Day FAQs
Where is National Get Over It Day celebrated?
National Get Over It Day is celebrated in The United States.
Are there other National holidays on March 9?
Yes! March 9 is also National Barbie Day, National Meatball Day, National Napping Day, and Purim.
Are there other holidays about breakups?
Yes! January is National Breakup Month, and February 13 is National Breakup Day.
National Get Over It Day Activities
Self-reflect (with professional help!)
Before you can move past whatever is making you confused, hurt, or angry, you have to know what exactly it is. Aggressive emotions often mask vulnerable ones, so spend some time today figuring out what’s the true cause of your issue — a professional can really help with this!
Write it down — the good and the bad
Write out what’s bugging you! When your problems are on paper, it’s much easier to keep them out of your head, and it helps you organize your plan to fix them. While you’re at it, write out the good things in your life, too, and put them in a gratitude jar! Life gets better the more grateful you are.
Sweat it out
If you just can’t think anymore, put on some of your favorite upbeat tunes and go for a jog or have a dance party! Moving around is sure to keep you in the moment, and exercise will release the feel-good endorphins that will leave you feeling much more optimistic.
5 Fun Facts About Getting Over It (Whatever It Is)
Exercise will help you get over it
In multiple studies, exercise (especially if done regularly) has been proven to alleviate anxiety, improve overall mood, and dissolve stress.
Time heals all
According to psychologists, the best way to get over something is by allowing yourself to feel emotions and letting time pass.
Don’t think of the ‘white bear’
This psychological concept applies to those who are trying to “just get over” something by pushing it from their mind — more often than not, it’ll just pop back up, like when someone tells you not to think of a white bear and then you inevitably do.
A relationship can be like an addiction
If you’re like Goldblatt, and the thing you’re struggling to get over is an ex, remind yourself it’s okay that it’s hard — neurobiologically, a breakup and the end of a drug dependence look very similar.
Not being able to get over it is ancient history
History is dotted with petty feuds that no one got over, and ended with horrible consequences, like Aaron Burr v.s. Alexander Hamilton, Al Capone v.s. Bugsy Moran, and even the Montagues v.s. the Capulets.
Why We Love National Get Over It Day
It reminds us everyone has problems
No matter how perfect someone’s life seems to be, odds are there’s something they’ve had to get over. If you feel alone in trying to get over something, remember that learning to get over it is so relatable that there’s a whole national holiday in honor of it!
It helps us to be easygoing
Spilled milk? Forgot your homework? Didn’t have time to finish the project your boss asked you to finish? On other days, these little issues might throw us for a loop but, today, we’re just going to get over it! Learning to move past small difficulties makes us emotionally healthier and happier people.
There are few things that feel heavier than carrying a mental burden alone. No matter what is weighing on you, learning to put it in the past will clear up the path to the future, and leave you feeling like a free person!
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