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How to Get Over Heartache and Loss

By Genevieve Smith

If you’ve ever experienced heartbreak, you know it’s a kicker. Breakups are experienced in a way that activates our pain receptors, and yet we replay the memories over and over again as we try to navigate through life with the loss of an essential part of it. But breakups are not the only source of heartache; the loss of a beloved pet, parent or friend, whether through passing on to the other side or other circumstances, can wreak havoc on our emotional life and mental health. One woman is starting Heartbroken Anonymous to create a safe space for strangers to sink in to their sadness and let go. Though she’s located in Los Angeles, she hopes her project will grow. How can you bring some concepts inspired by the group into your life in the meantime?

Help After Heartbreak

Now, I’m speaking from experience here as a heartbroken person myself, but also taking note from some sparks of inspiration from the HA project. There are many individual ways to heal an aching heart. But sometimes, we miss the mark. Talking to family and friends to get you through it may seem instinctual, but sometimes a more neutral force is more helpful. In the case of a romantic breakup, those close to you tend to show care by defending you, reminding you of reasons they didn’t like your partner, and trying to help you erase that person through focusing on their negative traits. If you’re experiencing pangs of the heart post-breakup, you’re likely still in love, and, heck, you loved the person at some point, so in your eyes, they’re not all bad. And you’d like to talk about those things you loved, the things you are going to miss a bit.

Here’s a mixed bag of breakup tips (which can be modified for other forms of heartbreak!):

  • Try to find a more neutral person to speak to about your breakup, someone who wasn’t close to your relationship.
  • Recognize the good of the relationship along with the bad, and recognize that it’s possible that person is hurting too. You both have to deal with adjusting to the loss.  
  • Sounds cliche, but find a creative outlet. It truly helps turn something negative into something positive by bringing something new into the world, made entirely by you!  

Don’t be fooled, love is a drug. So go easy on yourself when you’re experiencing withdrawals. It may take a little nudging, but find what you need to process the life change. I can only speak from experience, but I’d like to think of pain as a tunnel that you must go through rather than try to circumnavigate. There is so much growth to be done, and you will find your resilience all the more beautiful on the other side.  

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