Holistic Ways to Cope with a Breakup

Holistic Ways to Cope with a Breakup

Ending a romantic relationship can have a significant impact on a person's emotional and mental wellbeing, but research shows that a breakup can also have an effect on one's physical health.

A recent study has found that people who have just been through a breakup have the same brain activity when shown pictures of their ex as they do when they're in physical pain. This is the reason why those who have just had their heart broken experience chest pains or discomfort after a breakup.

To reduce the risk of anxiety, pain, and depression, it's important to cope with heartbreak in a positive way.

Fortunately, there are a few holistic strategies that can help you deal with a breakup and enable you to heal your mind, body, and soul. 

Take healing baths

The journey towards healing starts once you begin to focus on yourself and your needs. Limit your online communication by minimising your presence on social media, and establish a no-contact rule with your former partner.

Next, create self-care rituals that will remind you to be kind to yourself, such as a healing bath. 

Enhance the benefits of a hot bath by adding calming scents, such as lavender, and a small crystal like rose quartz into the water.

Many people who choose alternative medicine believe rose quartz can promote emotional healing as it encourages self-love, peace, and contentment, while easing negative feelings such as resentment and jealousy.

Eat foods that can boost your mood

Gorging on pizza and ice cream may be comforting when you're going through a breakup. But doing so repeatedly can make you feel worse, and can lead to mood swings, irritability, and self loathing. Instead of eating fast food, junk food, and sweets, consider eating healthy foods that can help to boost your mood.

Consuming protein-rich almonds, walnuts, salmon, and eggs can promote the production of serotonin in the body, which can elevate your mood. If you're feeling lethargic, eat foods that can give you a boost of energy, such as a serving of Greek yogurt with berries and a drizzle of natural honey. Don't forget to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and green tea. 

Head outdoors

It's tempting to stay in when you're feeling miserable and heartbroken. But doing so day after day can make you feel isolated. Moreover, decreased sun exposure can result in lowered serotonin levels, which can lead to depression. To feel better, try going for a walk outside. The combination of exercise, fresh air, and sunshine can do wonders for your soul and help balance your mood. 

Going through a breakup can be painful, but by taking some time to care for yourself, you can move on and heal your broken heart. Consider these holistic methods to cope with a breakup, and remember to love yourself so that eventually, you can feel happier, stronger, and more confident. 

This article was kindly written and contributed by Cassie Steele.

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