I’m going to show you how to write a clean slate message to send to your ex and I’ll tell you when you should do it.
I often also refer to it as a reset message and that is because what I’m going to show you is often effective to reset how your ex views you after you responded poorly to a breakup.
When You Should Send A Clean Slate Message To Your Ex
You should consider sending your ex a clean-slate message or letter if you responded poorly when they broke up with you by any of the following:
- showing up where they work/live to “talk”
- wouldn’t leave them alone by continuing to call, text, or communicate otherwise
- yelling, anger, confronting the person in their rebound relationship
- name calling/insulting
- lying about them to someone else
- damage of property
- confronting your ex’s family or friends with requests to speak to your ex on your behalf about getting back together (if your ex is aware this happened)
Just because some of those things happened doesn’t mean you have to send a Clean Slate message or Reset Message.
But if you know that you crossed a line that could cause your ex to see you as being immature, pathetic, selfish, mean, or creepy, you should consider writing a Clean Slate Message if you want them back.
A Reset Message (a.k.a. Clean Slate Message) shows your ex that you recognize that how you responded:
- wasn’t appropriate
- was out of character for you
- isn’t something you’ll do again
It serves notice to your ex that you are disowning your response to the breakup.
You are asking your ex not to hold it against you and most of the time they are able to let it go.
That doesn’t mean that they’ll want to get back together right away.
What it does mean is that your ex doesn’t see you as your response to the breakup. They place you back in the emotionally healthy category since you recognize that you shouldn’t have responded that way.
It’s far different than allowing your ex to continue to believe that you think your actions were appropriate, deserved, or normal.
As simple of a thing as it seems, a Clean Slate Message (or Reset Message) can work wonders if it’s truly necessary.
How To Write A Reset Message or Letter To Get Your Ex Back
This might disappoint those of you who are artists, but this type of message isn’t supposed to be long and poetic at all.
It’s not supposed to be an effort to reignite your ex’s feelings for you – at least not yet.
Your ex doesn’t need anything complicated, awkward, or time consuming from you. That’s part of why you’re having to write this Clean Slate message to begin with.
Brevity is the key to successful communication. So you keep it short and simple.
1. Use your ex’s name, not a pet name that you used when you two were together.
2. Say that you are sorry for the way you responded to the breakup. No need for more details than that.
You don’t want to remind them of every detail of your response. Hopefully they’ve forgot some of it!
3. Tell your ex that you respect their decision and that you wish them the best going forward.
Text it. Sign it. Email it or snail mail it. Then go into No Contact.
Your Ex’s Response To Your Clean Slate Message Or Letter
If you texted the message, your ex might text back. Be prepared for their response to be casual and simple.
Remember, I said that this message (or letter) wasn’t designed to get your ex back right away. It’s part of your “long game” to get your ex back.
Your ex might say “thanks” and that they wish you the best too.
They might apologize for the breakup or tell you how they want to stay friends or still care about you in some complicated way.
You don’t have to respond and it’s best if you don’t unless they ask you a direct question.
Otherwise there’s no need and you risk undoing what you just did.
Back off and go no contact so that you have a good chance of getting your ex back.
So that’s how you write a Clean Slate or Reset Message to your ex. To get my help with your specific situation and a tailored map to getting your ex back, Schedule A Coaching Call With Me! Or get my Emergency Breakup Kit.
Coach Lee is a dating and breakup coach who works with individuals to become their most attractive selves in order to bring success in relationships and to reunite with the one they love after a breakup.
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