Breaking up can be incredibly painful experience. Particularly if it was unexpected or you had been working really hard to help the relationship survive. It can be a very useful act of self care to book a time with a counselor to talk through recovery process. There are some very practical things that can be done that will help you recover an awful lot faster. Additionally this is a time when you can uncover important insights that can help you in future relationships.
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Breaking up is hard to do
Breaking up with someone you love/loved is emotionally similar to having your arm ripped off. It can feel like the end of the world – alternatively you may feel numb or dazed. Commonly your whole body tends to go on high alert flooding your system with stress hormones.
Common symptoms include:
- Hypervigilance – loud noises scare you
- Can’t eat
- Can’t stop eating (normally junk food)
- Risk taking
- Self Medicating drugs, alcohol, sex
- Numb – no feelings
- Hugely emotional/thoughts of self hatred/blame
- Can’t concentrate
- Weight loss
- Tired all the time
- Feeling depressed/angry/suicidal
Getting some counselling support will help you get through this time a lot faster and can be a powerful learning experience that equips you for your future.