After a breakup, loneliness can create serious health consequences for people.
Breakups are always challenging, especially hard for the people I talk to in the mature years of their life. Everyone experiences emotional distress occasionally, which can lead to physical and mental health problems. Emotional distress increases when coupled with the crushing effects of loneliness. In this post, we’re focusing on the health issues caused by loneliness after a relationship breakup.
Research has shown that increased stress levels are often directly linked to loneliness. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can adversely affect your health. It may express itself as a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. I was shocked to learn that loneliness can present the same risks for heart disease as smoking. Unbelievable right? That’s what I thought. According to studies by doctors at George Washington University of Medical and Health Sciences, Loneliness can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke by 30%.
Let’s look at depression, another common mental health issue associated with loneliness after a relationship break. Depression is not just a state of mind; some people we speak to suffer from loss of appetite, sleep issues, and a lack of interest in daily activities. These symptoms are disabling for many people. Data also indicates that depression may exacerbate physical health problems.
Breakups can also leave people feeling isolated, resulting in an increase in sedentary behavior. A lack of exercise increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, and stroke. The worst part is that everybody has a coping mechanism. Most coping mechanisms are unhealthy, such as alcohol or drug abuse, further contributing to physical health issues.
The list of adverse effects of loneliness is extensive. It can impact cognitive health, leading to memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.
Suzanne and I work with many people struggling to reconnect to a new love relationship after a breakup. It’s not just that they face loneliness each day, but it seems the longer they are single, the less they believe they can ever have love again. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Don’t struggle alone if you or someone you know needs help in this area. Reach out to friends or family for support. If you feel ready to turn your life around and attract the relationship you want, reach out to us. Remember, taking care of your emotional and physical well-being is vital. Don’t struggle alone; we are here for you.