It sounds silly, but getting your heart broken affects your health in many different ways. It starts as emotional pain and can even lead to physical suffering. This journey begins from the second you say your goodbyes. Your adrenal glands start producing adrenaline and cortisol. Your blood pressure also starts to sky- rocket. Your stress hormomes depend on how bad the break up was. The worse the breakup, the more stress hormones working.
Another reaction to a breakup is how your brains activity starts to increase greatly. According to abcnews , “It’s like clockwork: Your eyes hit that photo of the two of you and–boom!–awful stomach pit. You feel sick, yet you can’t look away. That’s because the moment you saw his face, blood started rushing to your brain’s pleasure center, the ventral tegmental area. These are all the good times talking. The command center for craving and longing also lights up. It demands attention–one reason you’re obsessed with driving by your ex’s house, stalking his Facebook page, or trying to replace him with some other satisfier.” Its scary how the brain makes us feel such strong, crazy emotions over a person.
According to Dr. Sinatra, heartbreak from a break up can actually do damage to your heart. It states, “The reason is that heartbreak is a stress that sets into motion your body’s natural “fight or flight” response. When your body enters into this response, the released adrenaline raises your blood pressure and increases your heart rate and breathing. If your body remains in this alarm mode for any length of time, you become prone to stress-producing conditions, ranging from aching neck muscles and headaches to ulcers, allergies, diminished sexual desire, and heart disease.
Heartbreak can be tough. But we need to understand that no relationship is worth physically harming your body through a terrible heartbreak. We should remember to remain strong so little damage is done to our fragile hearts.