When you are suffering from heartbreak, your mental well-being isn’t the only thing that can be affected. Heartbreak can also cause damage to your physical health. One of the biggest ways that heartbreak can affect your health is through your weight. Diet and activity often change drastically when you’re upset, whether it means that you’re working more and eating less or working less and eating more. Since rapid weight loss can lead to several health problems, it’s something that you want to avoid. There are several ways that can help to keep your weight steady.
Eating the Right Foods
Often, when we’re suffering from heartbreak, our diet takes a turn for the worse. Either people stop eating or they eat too much (or too little) of all the wrong things. Since food can play a huge part, not only in your weight but in your mental well-being, it’s important to know and choose the right kinds of food to keep you not only healthy, but feeling better mentally.
There are many choices when it comes to foods that are good for you, both physically and mentally. Nutrients such as vitamins B and D, along with Omega-3 fatty acids, are known for their ability to do things like keep healthy cholesterol levels, give energy and promote brain cells that help to fight off depression.
Here’s a list of foods that have physical and mental benefits:
- Leafy green vegetables
When you go to the grocery store, try looking at the ingredients and see if what you’re buying has the nutrients that promote mental and physical well-being. You can also try eating dark chocolate in moderation. It has a naturally produced ingredient that serves as a mood booster. A little chocolate here and there may help you be in a better place to take care of yourself – and your weight – properly.
A lack of sleep – or even too much of it – can affect your weight. Most people who suffer from sleeping problems tend to suffer from weight loss, as well, and heartbreak can easily leave you unable to sleep – or unable to climb out of bed.
There are a few things that you can do to help yourself sleep better when you’re suffering from heartbreak. For instance, if you can’t sleep, why not try some chamomile tea? It’s known for its relaxing effects and many people use it to help them get to sleep. A glass of warm milk, too, can be effective.
Herbs, such as Melatonin, or even over the counter sleep-aids can help you get to sleep at night. (Always consult your doctor before taking any medication and always be certain to use the sleep-aids as instructed.) Or, you could read a book, which many people find to be useful. Just be certain to avoid things like caffeine or watching television while in bed – these sort of stimulating activities make it harder to sleep at night. Keep to a schedule of going to sleep at the same time every night, to get your body on a regulated sleeping pattern.
Using Moderation in Activities
Some people, when they are suffering from heartbreak, either want to wither away and do nothing or they keep themselves so busy they don’t have a moment to breathe. These are both things that can lead to weight loss and to prevent it, you need to find some sort of balance.
If you want to make things very simple, why don’t you try cutting your day into halves? Use half of your day to keep busy, whether it’s going out, getting some exercise or just staying home and cleaning. Take the other half of your day and do something relaxing, like lounging around and reading or going to see a movie. This way you’ll have both up-time and down-time without either of them being excessive.
If you can monitor essential things such as your food, sleep and activities, then your weight should stay at a good, healthy level without any rapid (and unhealthy) drops. It may seem difficult to do any of these things with a broken heart, but a positive attitude is key. You can – and will – get past the pain that you’re feeling now, and you want to be in the best health possible when that time comes, if not just so you can make the most out of it.