A breakup as we know is usually a painful experience; you fall in love with someone deeply and at the end of the day your love and happiness gets shattered. This leaves a painful feeling in our hearts, but it doesn’t just end there; it’s more than that.
It isn’t just your mind and emotions that reacts to a breakup; your body does, your physical health does, and your mental health does too. All these leave its toll on the individual.
6 ways a breakup can affect your health:
1. YOUR BRAIN FEELS PAIN
The feeling of hurt from a heart-break starts from the brain. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology found that activity was induced in the part of the brain that also registers physical pain when study participants were shown pictures of their exes. In others words, the brain sends signals to the body that the effect of the breakup hurts. Also, another study by researchers from Colombia University found that when you are going through a breakup and still can’t get your ex off your mind, it is because areas in the brain that become active are the same ones that kick in when cocaine addicts are experiencing physical pain and withdrawal.
Every couple that have gone through a divorce would tell you that divorce is usually stressful; the trauma of it alone raises stress levels, plus the fact that it doesn’t just happen once, it’s an ongoing event. The stress hormone cortisol would be continually secreted by the body which could even lead to bigger health issues.
3. DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
Depression and anxiety is usually an aftermath of stress, and it isn’t any better when going through a breakup. Neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School have found that long-term exposure to stress hormone directly results in the anxiety that often comes with depression.
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