Coping with Breakup Depression

Posted by on Wednesday | January 9, 2013

Coping with Breakup Depression

What could be more devastating than breaking up with the one you love? Aside from the loss of the relationship, the shared dreams and commitments that have turned into failures and disappointments are also painful. You’ll go through cycles of sadness, pain, and unrequited feelings as you relive your happy memories. This might cause your serotonin and dopamine levels to drop and trigger depression. As if the breakup is not difficult enough, going through depression would make things a lot harder.

To avoid these triggers from developing into full-blown depression, consider the following tips to help refresh your way of thinking after a much-dreaded breakup:

  • Share your time and feelings with the important people in your life. Having emotional and social support systems could make you feel stable and thus prevent depression.
  • Don’t fight your feelings; cry and release them all. Keeping the feelings of sadness, pain, anger, resentment, disappointment, fear, and all things negative will just slow down your healing process.
  • Accept that it may be over for you and your partner, but it is not the end of your life. Remember that if something good has come to an end, something even better could come along.

It is normal for people to hit rock bottom and feel terribly sad and hopeless at a certain point, but it doesn’t mean that you have to stay that way forever. At the end of the day, only you could help yourself stand up and see through a new and enlightened perspective.

 

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