Breakups are hard. The emotional toll is enough to send many people reaching for comfort foods in times of crisis. Yes, sugar gives us an initial rush and we feel energized and happy. Your brain produces more dopamine, a feel-good chemical and before long, you are eating more and more ice cream to keep your dopamine levels up. When you experience a breakup, it is important to fight your urge to self-medicate the sadness away through unhealthy foods or alcohol. Here are some things you can do instead to feel better:
1. Create a new space
It’s time for a fresh new start, and there is no better way to do this than by giving your living space a makeover. Move the furniture around, give your living room a new paint color, and get some new sheets and linens. You want to remove obvious memories from your home and create the kind of space that makes you feel excited for your future.
2. Reconnect with loved ones
Often when we are in a relationship, all of our time and energy goes to the other person and we see friends and family less than we would like. Now is a great time to reconnect with those people who will love and support you through this hard time.
3. Try mindfulness Meditation
Mindful meditation is a great way to quiet your thoughts and just be with the real you. Meditation can also help to alleviate stress. All you need is 5 to 10 minutes a day and you are on your way to start feeling calm and balanced. Breakups will never be easy, but they are a part of life. Do your best to stay away from binging on junk food and instead focus on self-care and compassion.
If you find your feelings of sadness are not going away, it may be helpful to talk to someone. Speaking with a therapist can help you work through your pain. If you are experiencing depression from a recent breakup and would like to explore therapy, please get in touch with me. I’d be more than happy to discuss how I may be able to help.