One of the most challenging phases anyone can go through is the one that immediately follows a breakup, especially one with someone you were deeply attached to. It can become exceedingly difficult to focus at work or even eat after a tough breakup. If you have gone through an unexpected breakup, you may recall the long stretches of time where you just wanted to lay around in bed under your covers in the pitch dark. There are several episodes that can occur after a breakup, including denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. It’s very easy to bounce around these episodes in random progression, which can really make for an emotional roller coaster ride.
There are real scientific reasons that explain just why a breakup hits us so hard. As humans, we don’t handle rejection very well and we tend to want what we can’t have. If someone broke up with you, you may consider yourself to be so deeply flawed and worthless that you have a difficult time even leaving your room. Of course, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
After a breakup, you need to get out of your rut and back into a groove. One of the best ways to do this is to start exercising. By adopting a fit, healthy and active lifestyle, you will regain your mojo and confidence. Let’s take a look at how exercising can help you overcome a breakup and improve your outlook on life.
Exercise Will Boost Your Mood
My last breakup was excruciatingly painful. It hit me out of nowhere and really knocked the wind out of me. The last thing in the world I wanted to do was head to the gym for a workout. However, I’m incredibly fortunate to have some close workout friends who dragged me into the gym whether I wanted to or not. Even though I felt miserable when I arrived, I left feeling worlds better. When you engage in vigorous exercise, your brain releases endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine, all of which are chemicals that work collectively to help make you feel good. If you feel down or depressed after a breakup, you need to start engaging in at least 30 minutes of intense exercise every day. Studies have shown that, for people with mild depression, 30 minutes of vigorous exercise can be as effective as medication for improving mood.
Exercise Will Improve Your Mental Clarity
It’s easy and common to feel lost and confused after a brutal breakup. This can really impair your focus, productivity and overall mental clarity. This is exactly why you need to start exercising in general and especially after a breakup. While it may seem unusual, exercising sharpens our mental clarity by improving oxygen flow to the brain. One of the most fascinating findings of the last decade has been that an increase in oxygen is always accompanied by an improvement in mental sharpness. Several studies have also confirmed that regular exercise improves executive function, spatial tasks, reaction times and quantitative skills. Exercise will help you avoid feeling lost or confused after a breakup.
Look Better, Feel Better
When we look better, we feel better. Consistent exercise will help you look your very best. It will allow you to shed some pounds and fit into that sexy dress you’ve had your eyes on. Additionally, exercise forces you to sweat a lot, which helps flush out toxins from your body and improve the quality of your skin. Exercise also boosts oxygen and blood flow to the skin. This will give your complexion a beautiful, natural glow. When you look your best, your confidence will skyrocket and you’ll forget your ex ever even existed.
A tough breakup can leave anyone feeling down in the dumps. However, with vigorous exercise, you can completely turn your life around. Exercise will help you feel and look your very best, which will restore your mojo and confidence.
Samantha Peters is a freelance writer in the health and fitness niche, web content coordinator BabyChangingStation.com. Samantha exercises at least 30 minutes per day to reap these phenomenal health and wellness benefits.