Breaking up, as a host of singers from Dionne Walker to Burt Bacharach have sung, is so very, very hard to do. So hard in fact, that it can make people behave in somewhat strange and erratic ways, all in the name of getting over our ex. Perhaps your go-to is downing pints of Ben & Jerry’s, or maybe just pints of beer. Some folk watch sad movies, or listen to the likes of Adele… but whatever it takes, right?

Honest dating app TrueView conducted a survey of 1,200 people to find out just how Brits handle a break-up, and how they deal with getting over their ex. And one of the main findings was that, if it’s been particularly gruelling, we like to hide under the duvet and shut out the rest of the world; on average, Brits take four days off to try and deal with the situation. This may seem a little excessive, but it’s an overall figure, and includes going into work later because getting out of bed just seems so pointless, as well as taking a longer lunchbreak so you can bend your colleagues’ ears about how bad he or she was, and skipping out early so you can head straight to the pub to drown your sorrows. Women, interestingly, take slightly less time off than men (3.5 days to 4.1); perhaps because their coping mechanisms and supportive friendship networks are just more effective…

There’s a saying that goes, ‘the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else’, and, indeed, some Brits find that is the best way to help heal heartbreak! On average, 27% of us confessed that their recipe for recovery was to date another person. You might expect men to want to move on more quickly than women, but actually 31% of women are keen to find a swift replacement for their feckless ex, compared to just 27% of men.

The second most popular heartbreak cure is getting away from it all; 21% of us book a holiday and get straight out of Dodge, perhaps to better avoid the possibility of bumping into the ex in all of our favourite haunts. And there’s nothing like coming back with a sexy suntan to make us more appealing to someone new…

Over a quarter of women favour getting a new haircut – if you can’t just wash that man right out of your hair, you can at least make yourself look radically different, ready to fully embrace life again. 15% of men say that signing up to the gym works for them – all that exercise, after all, releases feel-good endorphins, not to mention the fact that having a buff bod is likely to make them feel, as well as look, more attractive…

Men and women feel the same about taking a break from social media; on average, 11% of us are happy to sign off from Snapchat, say farewell to Facebook, turn off Twitter and look away from LinkedIn, all the better to avoid seeing what their ex is up to.

With Christmas looming, memories from significant times of the year are harder to deal with, it seems. A third of us said that the festive season was the most painful time for them, when thinking about an ex, and this rings true for half of women. After all, it’s a time of celebration, of family, of getting and giving presents – and knowing there will be one less place setting at Christmas lunch, or that you won’t hear them read out a lame Christmas cracker joke, can be difficult to deal with. Despite that, nearly a quarter of Brits (and over a third – 36% – of women) keep in touch with, or meet up with, their ex’s family, even after they’re no longer together. It does seem a shame not to, especially if they welcomed you as one of their own (or maybe it’s a sneaky way to either keep tabs on what the ex is doing, or to ensure the family members keep talking about you in the hope you’ll get back together one day!).

Anniversaries are another tricky time; 22% of us don’t like remembering the occasion we got together with our ex in the first place, as, obviously, it was a very happy time. New Year’s Eve is another sad time; 15% of us won’t have that special someone to kiss at midnight.

All in all, some of us, like Kylie Minogue, just can’t get our exes out of our head – 13% of us (and 18% of men) admit to thinking about them every single day, while over a quarter of us (27%) let our minds drift to the good times at least once a week or a month. On the plus side however, party season is fast approaching – so things could be looking up….