15 Incredible Ways To Make Your Ex Jealous Of You

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When you want your ex to regret breaking up with you, the commonly asked question is, ‘how do I make my ex jealous?’ Well, relationships can be complicated at times, and the issues reach a level where you and your partner are forced to call it quits. But after the break-up, you still want them to think about you and regret their decision, especially if they were the ones who initiated it. So, of course, the best way to do that is to make them feel envious. But how? We got you. Read on for some effective ways to make your ex turn green with envy.


15 Ways To Make Your Ex Jealous

Before getting into the details, remember these are tips only to make them regret breaking up with you. It is in no way intended to hurt your ex’s feelings.

1. Cut contact with them

The first golden rule after a breakup is to cut contact with your ex; no drunk dialing, no fake SOS for help, or no urgent matter. When you maintain contact after breaking up, it shows how much you miss them and are dependent on them for your happiness. Cutting contact implies that you do not need them and are doing fine on your own.

2. Work on your body

Heard of the term ‘revenge body’? Made popular by reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, it refers to working out and eating healthy to get into your best shape after being dumped by a lover. When you look better and hotter, your ex is bound to feel jealous. And if this ‘new you’ gets attention from the opposite sex, then there is nothing better than that.

3. Work on your appearance

Getting into good shape is useless without good clothes to show off all that hard work. The aim here is to look better now than you did when dating your ex. So, change your wardrobe and get some clothes that will make you look more attractive. Change your hairstyle and work on developing your personality. Let your ex see how wonderful you are.

4. Move with your life

Have you ever mentioned something that you wanted to do with your ex but never did? Now’s the time to do it. Also, ensure that the news reaches your ex. For instance, go skydiving or bungee jumping and share the images of your adventure on social media. When your ex sees you having fun without them, they will feel jealous and may even want to get back to you.

5. Meet your friends

Breakups can make you sad, and meeting up with your gang can uplift your mood. Also, when you meet your friends, and the news reaches your ex, or they see your pictures online, they feel shocked at how well you are doing after the breakup. They feel the need to reconnect to know what is happening in your life.

6. Hang out with someone new

An effective way to make your ex jealous is to let her know that you are hanging out with a new person. You don’t need to be dating this new person, but when you hang out with them, it can give your ex the impression that you have moved on quickly, making them feel jealous. Remember to tell this new person about it, so it does not look like you are using them.

7. Get together with someone they don’t like

Did your ex ever restrict you from meeting or talking to a particular person because they were jealous of them? If yes, then connect with that person only to make your ex jealous. Remember to talk to this person only if you are comfortable with them and they are a nice person. Don’t do something just to trigger your ex and invite unnecessary trouble for yourself.

8. Be civil and nice to your ex

If you work with your ex, then be nice to them. Do not show anger or sadness after your breakup. Be normal around them. Look happy and excited as always. Seeing you cheerful makes them feel you’re doing well without her after the breakup. Your positive attitude makes you even more attractive to them, and they miss having you as a part of their life.

9. Praise someone else in front of your ex

Compliment someone in front of your ex and do it subtly and convincingly. Make sure you don’t overdo it. When you praise someone, especially of the opposite sex, in front of your ex, they will feel jealous firstly, because you noticed someone and secondly, because it shows that in a way, you are moving on from them quickly.

10. Be cool with them

In case you happen to bump into your ex and the one they are currently dating, then remember not to react. Instead, act completely normal. When you look unaffected, they feel the pinch of how unimportant they must be for you. It may not come easily to you but try your best to fake normalcy and contain your anger or frustration at least in front of them.

11. Ignore them on social media

Post about your regular but fun activities online and let everyone see how cool your life is. You don’t need to go out of your way to post something interesting. Upload pictures of you cooking a new cuisine or how the morning sun makes your skin glow, or even a workout video. Let your ex feel jealous of your happy and fun life so they realize what they are missing.

12. Be active on social media

Post about your regular but fun activities online and let everyone see how cool your life is. You need not go out of your way to post something interesting. Upload pictures of you cooking a new cuisine or how the morning sun makes your skin glow, or even a workout video. Let your ex feel jealous of your happy and fun life, so they realize what they are missing out.

13. Go offline at night

Ensure that you do not post on social media at night. Also, do not answer their calls or reply to their messages at night. Why? Because when you are unavailable, it makes your ex wonder what keeps you busy at night. They feel curious and even jealous, thinking that you could be seeing someone else.

14. Go on dates

This one is a win-win situation for you. Firstly, meeting new people and getting back on the dating scene helps you get your mind off your ex. And if you click with someone new, then that’s awesome. However, when the news of you meeting new people reaches your ex, and if they still harbor feelings for you, then they will surely feel jealous and may want to reconnect with you.

15. Become successful

You will have to keep your ex aside and focus on your work and yourself for this one. Whatever you had set your eyes on, now is the time to go after it, guns blazing. Achieving success in life makes you happy and your ex envious. They will even hate themselves for leaving someone as successful as you.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is Ignoring one’s ex powerful?

Ignoring your ex after a breakup is powerful because:

  • You get time to clear your head of all the confusing thoughts.
  • You get a chance to process your emotions and feelings.
  • You feel a sense of confidence and freedom to make decisions for yourself

2. Is it better to block or ignore an ex?

If you want to get over your ex but are having difficulty ignoring them on social media, it is better to block them. But if you wish to get back, you may take some time for yourself and ignore them for a while to clear your mind.

Making an ex jealous is fine as long as it does not harm them or you in any way. No matter how much you love or hate your ex, your life is not about them but you and only you. If they fail to see what a wonderful person you are, it is their loss, not yours. Let them go if they want to. Work on yourself, and you will find someone worth your time and love.

Key Pointers

  • Cutting down contacts and working on your betterment can make your ex jealous of how you have moved on with life after the breakup.
  • You may be civil and nice in front of your ex and enjoy time with your friend circle and someone new to make your ex jealous.
  • Avoiding them on social media, going offline, and becoming successful in life can make your ex jealous.

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