Trust me, we've all been there. A bad breakup can seem like your world is ending, and it may actually feel like you're dying.
Your head spins, your heart aches, and every little malady is magnified until you're just a writhing ball of pain underneath your bed sheets eating ice cream while listening to "Without You" by Mariah Carey. Like I said, we've all been there.
But you might be surprised to hear that there are actual medical side effects from ending a relationship on the wrong terms.
Have you experienced any of these?
When you're in a happy, committed relationship, just being around your partner gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling on the inside. That feeling is made up of dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin, and are called neurotransmitters.
When your body stops getting those as often as it was used to, you start to look for other ways to get them, and one way is drinking. Be careful, it may feel good now, but it causes serious problems down the line.
Another way that you can regain that feeling is by eating, which is why there is the stereotypical weight gain after losing someone in your life.
You should also be careful of eating less, as being hurt emotionally can lead to a prolonged loss of appetite.
Not many people talk about it, but when going through a rough breakup, a lot of people find they have trouble going to sleep and waking up in the morning.
Insomnia brought on from heartbreak sucks twice as much, since now there is more time to think about your woes at a time when you aren't thinking clearly.
Written On Your Face
You may be trying to put on a brave face to convince your friends and family that you're doing okay, but you can't fool everyone.
Researchers have found that there are micro expressions that people give off, even if they are trying to cover up their sadness. It takes time before this goes back to normal.
In a relationship, you are one part of a unit that helps define who you are. When that other part decides to leave, suddenly, you have lost more than just a person in your life, you have lost much of what made you, you.
To get over the loss, you are forced to fill in the void. Some people make healthy decisions, others, not so much. But no matter what, you grow into a different person than you once were.
However, these aren't the most serious consequences following a breakup...