Many of us have experienced it before. It feels like an intense stabbing pain that you cannot rectify. You feel like your heart is breaking into tiny pieces like shards of glass scattered on the floor. We all know this pain as heartbreak but what is it really? Heartbreak is a silent killer.
What is Heartbreak?
Heartbreak is a term that is often associated with a failed romantic relationship or the loss of a loved one. It is a feeling of emotional pain that can be caused by a variety of factors, including rejection, abandonment, betrayal, loss and grief. While heartbreak is often seen as just an emotional state, it can also have severe physical and mental consequences. Hence earning the well deserved moniker of “the silent killer."
Looking at the Science
The physical effects of heartbreak are often overlooked, but they can be significant. When we experience heartbreak, the stress and emotional turmoil can trigger the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which can cause a range of physical symptoms. These may include headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. In more extreme cases, heartbreak can even lead to cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
The mental effects of heartbreak can also have devastating effects. The pain and anguish of heartbreak can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. It can also lead to unhealthy and addictive behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse, overeating, or other self-destructive behaviors. In extreme cases, heartbreak can even lead to suicidal thoughts or actions.
So what can be done to mitigate the effects of heartbreak?
Give yourself time and grace Heartbreak is a loss one way or another. Loss of a person or a love. Give yourself time to grieve that loss. Do not rush the process. Grace is required.
Self Love During this time it is essential to take care of yourself inside and out. This means being in tune with yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. Be self aware! Acknowledge the heartbreak and allow yourself to feel it so you can heal.
Reach out and connect with others This is not a time to isolate. Make an effort to reach out to others. Having a support system is vital. Reach out to friends, family and make sure to ask for help when needed.
Meditation and Mindfulness Practice techniques that help you stay calm. Meditation or other mindfulness techniques can help you cope with the heartbreak without being overly consumed, therefore reducing stress and anxiety.
Seek professional help If you find that your heartbreak is impacting your daily life and routine, consider seeking professional help from a counselor or therapist. They often can provide additional resources, guidance and suggestions on how to deal with overwhelming emotions.
Remember healing from heartbreak takes time, but it is possible. Give yourself grace during this time and seek out additional care when needed.