Heartbreak is an emotional problem, but there’s a physical way to cure it. Sometimes, the simplest thing to do is to run away – quite literally.
Heartache is real, and some may think that going for a jog is way too simplistic a solution for what amounts to the end of the world. It’s so much easier to use this depressing time as an excuse to hide in your house while binging on ice cream. “It’s OK, I need this,” you say. Sometimes it’s OK to just let yourself go, but only for a short time. After a breakup is a vulnerable time, and many of us can remember how easy it was to spiral and lose ourselves in those moments.
Sometimes you literally just need to run through the emotional chaos and somehow see it through to the other side.
We all know about the mind-body connection, and this is especially true with strong emotions that result from a breakup or other sad occasions and losses. Our minds and bodies are connected in the way we respond to stress and emotional pain. Any stress you feel in your mind, you’ll feel in your body. Any stress you feel in your body, you’ll definitely feel in your mind.
Exercise is one of the simplest and effective ways to help soothe and heal a broken heart.
Admit it: you may have a renewed drive to hit the gym with the goal of achieving a “revenge body.” Turning lemons into lemonade is always a good thing, but it’s important to remember that getting fit is all about you. Hitting the elliptical or attending yoga class is your way of reconnecting back to yourself. Self-respect and self-love are the forerunners for creating healthy relationships with others.
Eating a tub of ice cream in one sitting. Going shopping and maxing out your credit card(s). Binge drinking late into the night while looking at photos of you and your ex until 3 AM. The media romanticizes torturing oneself when going through heartache. While they’re pretty tempting methods of quick destructive gratification. They’ll only make you gain unhealthy weight, deplete your bank account, and leave you hungover feeling worse in the long run.
Exercise, being healthy and (sometimes) free, will leave you feeling light, energetic and vibrant.
Studies have shown that rejection such as not getting a job you really wanted, or breakup up or divorce stimulate areas in the brain associated with physical pain. The chemicals released from exercise could improve and protect your brain because working out can reduce the harmful effects of stress by increasing dopamine and serotonin levels to naturally improve your mood.
Whether you’re enjoying the great outdoors or inside doing Pilates, being active allows your body to release endorphins, (happy hormones), which are scientifically proven to combat stress.
A rejection would undoubtedly have a negative effect on your self-confidence. Focus on your muscles, your breath, your capabilities, and all the incredible things your body can do. Rediscover the glory of who you are.
Exercise can help you gain confidence at a time when you need it the most. When you see how strong you really are, you’ll begin to love yourself again. It’s free energy that makes you feel amazing inside and out. There’s a glowing sense of gratification after completing a good physical challenge.
Reconnect with old friends. Make new ones. Joining a new program or class at the gym is a great opportunity to meet people with a shared interest.
After a breakup or loss, your life can feel shattered, filled with disorder and confusion. It’s quite helpful to establish a new routine which can restore a sense of order in your life. Having a set gym schedule not only forces you out of the house, but it forces you back into life.
Keeping fit and healthy is great, but there’s a possibility that some can use exercise as a way to punish themselves. More aggressive people can push themselves too hard, therefore causing more harm and strain than good progressive work.
It’s about exploring your body and all its’ capabilities, which in turn can aid in emotional healing. But most of all, it should be enjoyable and interesting to you! Go to yoga to calm and center yourself. Take a moment to be mindful and sit up tall while breathing a few long pleasant breaths. Lengthen and engage your muscles in TRX. Run or bike through the most scenic routes you know. Jump and dance in the class that plays the music you love. Make it a rewarding experience, something awesome that you deserve, and soon you’ll be well on your way towards moving forward to another new you.