We are all likely to experience a breakup at some point in our life. They come with horrible periods of sadness and it’s something you have to deal with in life. But a breakup does have its benefits.
Look at Brad Pitt, who received a huge cheer upon his handsome return to the limelight at the 2017 Golden Globes, after his divorce with Angelina Jolie. He’s dedicated to a healthy lifestyle, full of healthy food and exercise, which is, as The Daily Mail explain, how he got his ‘mojo back’.
2016 wasn’t the best year for celebrity romance, with other break ups including: Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson.
There’s actually quite a few ways a breakup can benefit you, both physically and mentally which can has positive impacts on your appearance.
No More Relationship Stress
You no longer has to deal with any sort of negativity, apprehension or anxiety from your relationship. This exposure to stress causes premature ageing, damaging the mind.
The stress hormone (cortisol) damage cells in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory.
Stress also damages telomeres, which shorten naturally over time, but stress accelerates the process, causing us to age prematurely.
You Will Become Happier (eventually)
It may not seem so at first, but after the initial sadness that comes with a breakup, you’ll be able to look at things in perspective and afterwards feel stronger and happier.
A study published in the Journal of Personal Relationships found that every participant reported positive life changes after a breakup (via Elite Daily). All of which contributed to a participant’s happiness.
Studies show that happiness itself leads to better health, and you’re more likely to make positive lifestyle changes when happier.
Ever gone to sleep angry or fretting in some way about your partner? You won’t have to deal with that anymore. Plus you have no one to disturb your sleep. Couples who share a bed have 50 percent more disrupted sleep than couples who sleep apart (BBC news via Bustle.)
A good night’s sleep is essential for keeping your mind sharp and complexion glowing and your appearance healthy in general.
More Time To Invest In Yourself
Relationships consume a lot of time, use all this time to invest in yourself. You can start that gym routine you’ve never had time for, take a more active approach to what you eat (without having to compromise to your partner’s tastes) and do all the activities you wanted to do but couldn’t when you were in a relationship.
In a survey conducted by YourTango, 35% of people said they were motivated to hit the gym and start a new diet post-breakup. Only seven percent of participants said they actually gained weight. (via Bustle)
A relationship can compromise your ability to achieve the goals you’ve always dreamed of. Maybe there was a conflict of interest with your partner, or maybe you just didn’t have the time in a relationship. But now you can focus on achieving what you’ve always wanted to.
Working towards achieving what you’ve always wanted to will make you happier, provide motivation, and inspire you to take positive changes in your life.
Everything Gets Better…
If you’re currently going through a breakup, know that everything gets better. They can be devastating and cause grief so intense you think you’ll never get over it.
A breakup can give you the time to reconsider your goals, invest in yourself and escape the day-to-day stress you had to deal with in a relationship. It’s a difficult period but know that things do and will get better!