8 ways to forget about an ex even if you still love him

6. Make a big move, like studying abroad or moving, to physically increase the distance between you and your ex

“I can’t deal with it if I know he’s close by.” This method involves changing your environment. Changing yourself involves changing either the people you interact with, your location, or how you spend your time. Increasing the distance between you can be one way to lessen the pain.