No one likes to go through a breakup. It takes an emotional toll on your mental and physical state, and it feels like it just lasts forever. But no matter how much you feel like the world is going to drop out from beneath your feet, it's important to remind yourself that the heart-wrenching feeling will, indeed pass. Need a plan of action? Here's a recovery plan to ensure you'll make it out in one piece.
Sometimes the pain can go from feeling mental to physical. An Ohio State University study discovered that 1,000 milligrams of acetaminophen dulls the way in which the brain responds to emotional prompts.
"A breakup triggers the stress response, which floods the body with cortisol and adrenaline," explains Ish Major, M.D. So get yourself going with a sweat sesh.
Give your friend permission to erase your ex from all your social media outlets, because studies reveal that musing on social media about what used to be or what is currently happening with your ex will only cause you to feel even more pain.
It's important to focus on you. What have you been wanting to do with your life? Take up an art class, or something you've always felt would enrich your life. Go on a vacation, sign up for a yoga membership. Having something to look forward to will keep your mind off of the breakup.
Though you don't need to hop into a new relationship, getting on some free dating apps will boost your confidence. Studies show that the thought of being wanted can help to emotionally heal. "Knowing you are desirable, and that there are other people out there, can help you begin to think about the future," explains therapist Rachel Sussman.
Find a distant friend who wasn't aware of all the details of your relationship, and let it all out.
A recent study in Social Psychological and Personality Science discovered that being able to rehash the breakup with someone who was completely uninvolved can help you to heal quicker.
If you're not ready, don't push yourself to go on a date, but if you're feeling up to it, allow the guy eyeing you every morning at the coffee shop to take you out. "Dressing up and flirting is a powerful way to give yourself an ego boost," says Sussman.
Have you ever gone through a terrible breakup? What helped to ease the pain and speed up your road to recovery?
Source: Women's Health
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