Break ups are not just mere clouds of pain that hurt your feelings. In fact, separating from your romantic partner can also hurt your physical health. That also, in more ways than one. Break ups leave your immune system vulnerable, deprive you of sleep, bring stress into the picture, and result in pain that is as bad as any literal physical ache.
Let’s dive into these and learn how exactly break ups impact our physical health. Here are 5 ways they do:
1 – Digestive Problems
A romantic split can have a negative impact on your digestive health. With excess amounts of cortisol, the stress hormone, roaming in your system, blood may not reach your digestive track. This means you may feel the need to rush to the toilet regularly, get cramps, and struggle with appetite loss as well. Diarrhea and constipation may also visit more regularly.
2 – Physical Pain
Research says that emotional pain can be as bad as physical pain. How? Both these types of pain activate the same pathways in the brain. Sure, this pain doesn’t attack a particular body part, but it hurts the same. A break up can also cause chest pain and can cause the broken hard syndrome which can lead to heart muscle failure, a condition which is short-termed but severe.
3 – Sleep Deprivation
You may also find yourself at a loss of sleep along with at a loss of words following a break up. This is because sleep shares a bidirectional relationship with stress. Too much stress can disrupt sleep and at the same time, sleep loss triggers more stress. It’s a vicious cycle that can be more difficult to break out of particularly because of the feelings of loneliness.
4 – Appetite Changes
Your appetite may also suffer at the hands of a break up. You see, following a breakup the adrenaline and cortisol levels in your body may shoot up. This can decrease your desire to eat. Some people may also reach for comfort foods because of the need for emotional eating. Such emotional eating may cause weight gain or an expansion of one’s appetite.
5 – Hair Fall
Another vice of a break up is the way it makes your hair fall out. You don’t experience hair loss because you might be pulling at your hair in anger and frustration. Hair loss post-break up occurs due to stress which makes the brain release neurotransmitters that can influence the immune system. Your immunity makes your hair enter the resting phase which can make it fall out.
6 – Weakened Immunity
A break up also weakens the immune system. This happens because of stress. The brain sends defense signals to the endocrine system which can cause immunity to drop and encourage the attacks of infections and diseases. This means that one becomes more susceptible to colds and flus following a breakup.
To sum up, take care of your health following a break up. Don’t be hard on yourself and just let yourself breathe.