Heartbreak can have a negative effect on your mental and physical well-being. Getting over a broken heart can take some time, but if you approach it slowly, you can elevate your mood in a healthy way.
1. Incorporate Some Exercise into Your Day
Heartbreak too often leads to lethargy and fatigue, but exercise is a healthy, mood-boosting activity that can brighten your day and help you sleep better and digest food better. Even if you don’t feel up to it, force yourself to include some physical activity into your day, even if it’s just a half-hour walk around the neighborhood. You’ll feel better afterward and over time you may come to enjoy the activity. If you find yourself struggling, listen to music or ask a friend to join you during your exercise routine. Working out with a friend can make the time pass by more quickly and can help you regain motivation on those days when you’re just not feeling the drive.
However, be careful not to turn to exercise as a short-term solution to your problems and exercise for more than a couple of hours each day. You may be at risk for overexercising when suffering from a broken heart.
2. Plan a Healthy Diet
When suffering from heartbreak, you’re at risk for two very unhealthy behaviors: overeating and loss of appetite. You may suffer from one or both on rotation. Overeating typically involves indulging in unhealthy foods because you feel a short-term burst of feel-good endorphins. However, this can lead to weight gain and a loss of ability to exercise. A loss of appetite may arise when you feel nauseous eating even the smallest amounts of food. However, this kind of behavior can lead to a dangerous loss of weight.
You need to watch what you eat but force yourself to eat something when you have a broken heart. If you don’t have much appetite, force down some plain, healthy foods, like yogurt, salad or fruit or some foods that are high in carbohydrates, such as pasta and whole grain bread. You don’t have to eat entire meals, but just feeding yourself small portions throughout the day can keep your energy at a boosted level. Gradually, add more and more to each mini meal until you feel your appetite returning.
3. Distract Yourself, but Don’t Overdo It
Getting over heartbreak isn’t a fast or easy process, but the most guaranteed way to do it without resorting to unhealthy behavior is to distract yourself. However, don’t go overboard and start dating the next day or next week. Try not to think about romance, at least for about a month or until you start feeling more confident. Hang out with friends and family, watch movies, play games and read books. Immerse yourself in hobbies and cultivate your other social connections.
There’s no shame in seeking out some assistance if you feel you need it. A counselor, a trusted friend or a family member might help you get over the heartbreak faster by giving you a place to vent and by keeping you on the healthy path to recovery.