How to survive a heartbreak in Dayton

Andy Gallatin savors his arrival in August in the Gulf of Mexico, south of New Orleans, during his 3,000-mile kayak trip. COURTESY OF ANDY GALLATIN

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Andy Gallatin savors his arrival in August in the Gulf of Mexico, south of New Orleans, during his 3,000-mile kayak trip. COURTESY OF ANDY GALLATIN

At one point or another, heartbreak hits every one of us. And while it’s completely okay to wallow in your own sadness, there comes a point where it’s time to get back out there -- not necessarily to date again, but to start healing your mind, body and spirit.

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Luckily for you, Dayton has plenty of ways to help you pick yourself up after a brutal breakup.

1. Meet some “nontoxic” singles at Toxic Brew Company’s Monday Mixer Night

Even if you don’t feel ready to dive back into the sea of single fish, going to events like a mixer can help you remember how fun it is to meet new people and put your best foot forward. Toxic’s mixer happens on the last Monday of every month from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Not to mention, Moscow Mules are only $5 until 9 p.m. Liquid courage, my friends.

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Interior of Toxic Brew Company431 E. Fifth St.Dayton, OH 45402937-985-3618Taproom: Tues-Sat 3pm-12am, Sun 1pm-11pmwww.toxicbrewcompany.com@ToxicBrewCoJIM WITMER / STAFF

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Interior of Toxic Brew Company431 E. Fifth St.Dayton, OH 45402937-985-3618Taproom: Tues-Sat 3pm-12am, Sun 1pm-11pmwww.toxicbrewcompany.com@ToxicBrewCoJIM WITMER / STAFF

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Interior of Toxic Brew Company431 E. Fifth St.Dayton, OH 45402937-985-3618Taproom: Tues-Sat 3pm-12am, Sun 1pm-11pmwww.toxicbrewcompany.com@ToxicBrewCoJIM WITMER / STAFF

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2. Belt Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” at Blind Bob’s karaoke night

Taking on a Wednesday karaoke night at Blind Bob’s with a group of your best friends is a perfect way to — literally — shake off some of those heavy feelings that have been weighing you down. You can sing the blues with Amy Winehouse, or slay with a Backstreet Boys throwback to remember that one time you got over your high school romance in two weeks flat. You’ve still got it!

INFO: blindbobs.com

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3. Climb back to the top of your game at Urban Krag

You never know when that cute stranger who just helped you belay, could turn into your new bae. Trying a new hobby like rock climbing is a sure way to make fun new memories that only create space between your present life, and the awful break up that you never want to think about ever again. Urban Krag Climbing Center is an especially sweet deal for the ladies of Dayton, as every Thursday night is Ladies Night and day passes are only $10.

INFO: urbankrag.com

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Urban Krag Climbing Center. CONTRIBUTED

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Urban Krag Climbing Center. CONTRIBUTED

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Urban Krag Climbing Center. CONTRIBUTED

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4. Work on your inner peace

Breakups can be one of the best opportunities to get to know yourself all over again. Yoga and meditation classes are excellent for rediscovering all the things you love about yourself. Because there is SO much to love! Dayton is all about getting flexible, and there are plenty of different styles and yoga studios to choose from. Regularly attending a yoga class can also introduce you to a handful of new friends you might have a lot in common with. Here’s some of the most popular stops for Dayton yoga:

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5. Get some fresh air until you just don’t care

We were just named one of ten cities with the most green space by National Geographic because there are TONS of options for getting out into nature and letting the fresh air clear your mind. Not to mention, a day-hike can be a great excuse to invite a new romantic interest without the pressure of a super formal date. Between all of our MetroParks, waterfalls and gardens, we're actually kind of spoiled. If you need some ideas, check out our guide to the best places to hike in the Dayton-area.

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Ken Rosenzweig of Oakwood sent in this photo of hikers with the group Metro Dayton Hikers at a waterfall at Charleston Falls Preserve in Bethel Twp., Miami County, on June 21.

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Ken Rosenzweig of Oakwood sent in this photo of hikers with the group Metro Dayton Hikers at a waterfall at Charleston Falls Preserve in Bethel Twp., Miami County, on June 21.

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Ken Rosenzweig of Oakwood sent in this photo of hikers with the group Metro Dayton Hikers at a waterfall at Charleston Falls Preserve in Bethel Twp., Miami County, on June 21.

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6. Shop until you drop (your ex) 

We know that material items won't fill that hole you feel in your heart right now. However, letting yourself go on a relaxing day trip of shopping in the Oregon District and other local shops is a fun way to pick up a few nick-knacks that can add new vibes to your space and closet. Supporting local businesses can also make you feel more connected to your community, which is always a positive when you're starting a new chapter. Here are eight boutiques in the Oregon District and nearby that we love.

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The number of small business start-ups like Luna Gifts & Botanicals, which opened its doors in the Oregon District in mid-September, are in decline, despite a strong lending environment for small businesses, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Photo/Provided

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The number of small business start-ups like Luna Gifts & Botanicals, which opened its doors in the Oregon District in mid-September, are in decline, despite a strong lending environment for small businesses, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Photo/Provided

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The number of small business start-ups like Luna Gifts & Botanicals, which opened its doors in the Oregon District in mid-September, are in decline, despite a strong lending environment for small businesses, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Photo/Provided

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