Breakups are one of the worst things you can go through as a teenager, especially if it is sudden and very rough. Most of the time, you are stuck in an inescapable environment like school and you have to see your ex every day, especially when they are in your classes. This can be painful; especially if you have been cheated on and they are being very openly affectionate with the other person involved.
It can be very easy to get swallowed up in a void of despair and hatred, but here are four ways that you might help your mental health during a rough breakup.
#1 Drink plenty of water
When you have lost someone you love in any situation, it is going to hurt. When something hurts, we cry. It is a natural and healthy way that we release emotions that are being bottled up.
However, you do lose a lot of fluid when you cry, which can lead to headaches, drowsiness, concentration issues, and fatigue – all things that you do not need in your life right now. Make sure you drink plenty of water, as this can have many health benefits too.
#2 Eat healthily but do not diet.
Eat healthier foods to help boost dopamine and try new recipes, if you can, to help feel like your life is moving forward and away from the situation. But do not diet as this can have some serious problems with the way you see yourself and when you are in a state of distress it can be so easy to start obsessing over weight loss.
Dieting is a very unhealthy cycle to get into, especially crash dieting. So eat healthier to improve your mood and your hormones, not to improve what you look like on the outside. Of course, if you feel it is necessary, you go for it, but make sure you are doing it in the healthiest way you can. You can ask your doctor for advice on how to eat healthily or look up government guidelines.
#3 Sleep well.
Sleeping well increases brain function and concentration and helps you feel happier and rejuvenated. When you are going through a breakup, it is common to get a lot of tiring, repetitive thoughts. You need to try and move on from these to help your healing process, not your dwelling process. Things such as meditation or CBD oil (look at herbalhealthcbd.co.uk for more details) can help you get to sleep and see things with a clearer head.
#4 Distance yourself.
Do not shut yourself off from people completely, but prioritize. If you have a very close and supportive friendship group, they can help you. You need to trust them and rely on them as much as you would expect them to do the same in a similar situation.
In the event of it being a very close friend being a negative element in the breakup, and all of your friends are siding with her/him/them, you need to get away from them as soon as you can, as this can very quickly lead to bullying and other serious issues.