Heartbreak: Can Heartbreak Actually Affect Your Health?

Heartbreak Meaning?

Heartbreak is an unforgettable tale of joy that results in intense emotional and sometimes physical stress or pain. It is a part of life that undoubtedly generates a feeling of pain or suffering for a certain period of time.

Some people take it as a lesson while some people see it as a blessing. 



Heartbreak is a painful process but did you know it can have some grave effects on health?

‘Heartbreak can be defined as a scar on your heart, but it is more like a bruise.’

Heartbreak is a bitter truth that allows you to come out of your comfort zone, cross your self-esteem, and explore yourself.

There is no mass number of people who die because of heartbreak, but the increased risk of dying in the first six months after losing their partner was found 40% higher than the average. 


Does it happen to everyone?

The study to know the answer to the question, whether people actually die because of heartbreak, was first initiated in the British Medical Journal in the year 1969. 

In this case study, people, such as 4,500 widowers, 55 years or older, were diagnosed for the period of nine years. 

More recent studies that include few special compelling cases were conducted at John Hopkins University, published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found from the different case studies that a person’s risk of death due to a heart attack (heartbreak) significantly increases following a loved one's death.

Another case study was conducted just after this in which researchers tracked 1.5 million people aged between 35 and 84 and came to know that the risk of dying because of heart attack (heartbreak) was increased by 20% to 35% in the six months from losing the spouse.

Heartbreak and death appear to be linked with a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline, GH, and cortisol.

During one of the studies of Johns Hopkins on ‘Broken Heart Syndrome,’ he came to know that such people who died due to heart attack after losing their partner had no history of heart disease and showed signs of imminent heart failure but without traditional symptoms.

Another common thing noticed was that they all received the news about their partners losing just before being admitted to the hospital. To know more, blood tests were performed and showed that their levels of the stress hormone were found several times higher than usual. 

The doctors also said that the hormonal deluge was creating problems in their heart’s ability to pump. Researchers say that heartbreaking symptoms are appetite change, lack of motivation or weight gain, overeating, headaches, weight loss, stomach pain, and a general sense of being unwell.

Anxiety, depression, withdrawal from friends, family, and usual activities are some of the most common reactions of heartbreak.


What Can You Do For Heartbreak?

‘Everything heals with time’. Unfortunately, the only cure for heartbreak and emotional pain is to give time to yourself. In a way, you can say that it is very important to become selfish and think about exploring your self-esteem and dimensions of interest.

The feeling of losing your loved ones can be one of the worst feelings in the world. As you wait for your feelings to settle down, know that there are various ways to find comfort, including focusing on yourself and surrounding yourself with your support system.


Also Read: 08 Best Ways To Prevent Heart Diseases

Below is the list of fulfilling ways to feed a broken heart:-

Cool yourself with comfort food

Childhood favorite foods with whatever you can find may help you in nourishing your mood. Try to have foods that you used to love having in your childhood, the fragrance of such food items reminds you of memory when you were a child. Research shows that these triggered memories of happier times that can actually increase your mood also helps soothe some of the hurt.

From deserts to the main course, there is not a single way to have comfort food. It is important to honor your health and provide comfort. Search for the ways to modify your favorite food items that not only nourish your body but your mood as well.


Use chocolate to enhance your mood.

In 2006, a study found that emotions change after eating chocolates were explained every day. Thirty-seven healthy women ate chocolate bars and apples and noted their subjective state after 5, 30, 60, and 90 minutes. The result was both chocolates and apples reduced the hunger, elevated mood, and activation level, but the effect of chocolate seems to be stronger.

Eating chocolates was also followed by joy, and, in some women by guilt, such women experience less intense positive emotions. Dark chocolates have been considered more antioxidants and much less sugar than white chocolate, milk chocolate, or truffles.


Productive habits: Cooking

At the time of heartbreak, inculcating productive habits is the best way to cure yourself; cooking is one of them. The sensory, immersive experience may help to divert you from the heartbreak and focus on senses that you are avoiding due to stress and mental pain.

Cooking can provide you a sense of accomplishment and immediate self-satisfaction, which is always a plus point in order to enhance your self-esteem.

Cooking keeps you busy, helps you to do something productive, and is good for your mental health. The cooked food will help you improve your physical health. Therefore, it helps you to improve both emotionally and physically. It is that habit that will remain with you throughout your entire life, and you can use it anytime once you learn about it.


Have delicious food and improve your health

Heartbreak affects a person emotionally and sometimes physically, hence it is important to focus on your physical health as well because what you intake, that’s what you make.

Eating healthy food improves your physical health that automatically cherishes your mood because the better your body feels, the better you will feel. 

Food items, such as sushi, contain vitamins, energy, and mood-boosting, helps your body get all the vitamins. There are some foods that are rich in nutrients and improves your mental health and reduces depression, such as Mediterranean diets.




References:-

https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2012/10/03/more-die-of-heartbreak-more-often-than-you-might-think/#6894492217b0
https://www.healthline.com/health/what-does-heartbreak-do-to-your-health#treating-heartbreak
https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/foods-for-a-broken-heart#11
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=16546294






Tags: Broken heart symptoms, Psychological effects of heartbreak, Effects of heartbreak on the brain

Maria Brown

Graduate in biotechnology, Maria Brown has a huge appreciation for books and writing. Apart from talking about classic literature with people around (which is her favourite thing to do), she provides editorial assistance to the team. Maria always has something to talk about on any topic because of her vast knowledge on a plethora of subjects.

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