A broken heart is never fun, can be tough to cope with and difficult to mend, but sadly, happens all the time. There can even be physical symptoms of heartbreak. Chances are you’re either going through it now or have gone through it in the past. You know those scars. They might even still be fresh. And, whether good or bad, you likely came out different on the other side. Still, very few would wish a broken heart on their worst enemy; it’s something no one wants to experience. So, what can we learn from it and how can we grow? Here are 25 True Facts About Having Your Heart Broken.
Breakups can trigger depression.
Because breakups directly affect a person’s self-esteem and can be humiliating, it has a greater likelihood of causing depression than if you had heartbreak from the death of a loved one. Researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University came to this conclusion after studying 7,000 male and female twins during stressful life events.
They're harder on women.
According to a study published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, for women, recovery after a breakup was greatly hindered if not entirely stalled. As the number of splits increased, the mental health of women down-spiraled. The study included 2,137 men and 2,303 women under age 65.
You might lose weight.
The heartbreak diet is real. People do lose weight after breakups. Of course, loss of appetite due to stress is a key factor. According to a study by Forza Supplements, women on average lose five pounds when someone breaks up with them. But the breakup has to happen to them rather than the other way around.
You might gain weight.
Depending on your personality and how you handle stress, you might also gain weight. It’s no secret; stress eaters will immediately run to a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, pizza, and a bucket-load of snacks for comfort, and this instinct will be in overdrive after a breakup. So, be careful not to overdo it. You’ll just regret it later.
Women turn to wine, not ice cream.
While romantic comedies love to show women shoving ice cream in their faces after a breakup, a survey of 1,300 people by YourTango.com found the number one comfort women turned to was wine, followed closely by chocolate.