It’s tempting to sink into a sad funk after a breakup, but if you’re good to your body you’ll bounce back quicker.
Breakups are brutal, on both women and men! Being a detox expert, I’ve learned a thing or two about why some people come to me to lose weight or “detox.” One of the main scenarios is that they have gone through a breakup within the past year and simply don’t have the confidence they once had. Below are the time-tested methods to get you feeling better fast!
1. Exercise every day!
It’s a proven fact, that the simple act of moving the body will release endorphins that are linked to reducing depression and anxiety! While going through a breakup, it’s much more common to experience these down feelings. Side effect: it’s also a confidence-booster
2. Detox from your social media!
One of the worst things you can do is sit up night after night browsing your ex’s Facebook or Twitter account, looking for clues as to who he, or she may be seeing. Not only will that behavior dampen your spirits, but it’s a waste of time and your precious energy! Take a walk, call a friend and vent, journal about all the reasons you walked away from the relationship in the first place. Clean your space and de-clutter. Just stay off that darn computer!
3. Surround yourself with friends who will listen
Chances are, you’re going to want to talk about this breakup! A LOT! Be sure not to do it alone looking at yourself in the mirror. Go out with your friends twice per week during this time and spend time outdoors on the weekends. This will allow you to avoid nostalgic feelings, which have the tendency to crop up during the weekends as you remember the things you and your ex used to do together.
4. Get plenty of rest!
It’s true, getting adequate sleep is really important! I tell clients to aim for at least seven hours per night. During stressful times such as a breakup, you may need 8-9 hours to feel truly restored.
5. Take one day to juice in order to REALLY FEEL your feelings!
OK, this one is tough for many of you. The best way to get in touch with your feelings is to not suppress them in a container of chocolate double chunk ice cream! Take one day and juice until dinner! Make sure you stick to mostly vegetables, keeping in mind that a little green apple or lemon never hurt anyone. By allowing your feelings to come up and actually feeling them instead of stuffing them, you’ll be on your way to a speedy recovery from splitsville!
6. Cry it out!
You heard me…CRY! It’s called the “recovery theory” and it makes a lot of sense, too. Emotional tears may be a way of getting the body to shoot into recovery mode after a stressful event. It’s your bodies process to get back into balance.
- Yoga, yoga and yes…more yoga!
Yoga is one of the most powerful tools to utilize after a breakup! Not only are you getting a great workout on in a group setting (you’re around others), but you also have a chance to slow down and BREATHE! Breathing deeply has been proven to lower stress levels and reduce oxidative stress on a cellular level.
So yes, we’ve all wanted to crawl into bed, to eat our feelings, even to give in to that obsessive urge to figure out what our exes are up to. But…it’s not good for you to cave in this way. Your body wants to feel better, wants you to be extra gentle and kind during this time. This is the one way it’s okay to indulge.
If you want to feel better, try these tips, or maybe you know a friend who could use them. I hope you’ll pass along these secrets to feeling better fast and enjoy the healthy results!
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