Bounce Back from a Broken Heart.

Most of us at some point have experienced heartbreak. You might experience a rollercoaster of emotions. These emotions could include feelings of anger, bitterness,sadness, anxiety or even depression. Ultimately going through heartbreak may impact negatively on your overall wellbeing. Because the emotional responses to a breakup can vary so greatly, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if what you are feeling is a natural response to the end of a relationship or something more serious.

More serious symptoms that may indicate depression include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
  • Losing or gaining weight; appetite changes
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Loss of pleasure and interest
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feeling sad, empty, or worthlessness
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Listlessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Grief and sadness are normal reactions after a stressful life event. Research has found that breakups can influence people in a number of profound ways. Following the end of a relationship, people report experiences such as distress, loneliness, and a loss of self-esteem.

Give yourself time to grieve the loss of the relationship. Healthy responses include a period of sadness, crying, frustration, and regret. It is a period of adjustment, so you need to give yourself some time to cope and heal before you are able to move on. While upsetting, these feelings usually start to lessen with time as you recover from the breakup. Try not to slip into a space where you isolate yourself and become consumed by depression and anxiety.

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14 – 18 February: Sexual Health Awareness Week

16 February: Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day

14 – 21 February: Teen Suicide Prevention Week

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