Experiencing a breakup
Most of us will face a difficult breakup in our lives. Grieving is natural, and in most cases, the pain heals over time and we move on with the lessons we’ve learned. But sometimes, breakups can trigger or worsen larger mental health concerns that, unaddressed, can have serious consequences on our health and well-being.
How can you protect your emotional health during relationship issues and breakups? What are the warning signs that you or a loved one aren’t coping well with a breakup? Learn the answers to these questions and more below.
How to get over a breakup
The end of a relationship can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t see it coming. This online resource center from Headspace can help navigate relationship breakups.
An overview of breakup depression
A breakup can trigger prolonged and severe emotional distress. Verywell Mind gives an overview of post-breakup depression, the warning signs, how to get help and feel better.
100 people tell real breakup stories
There’s a reason 10 million people have watched The Cut’s compilation of 100 people talking about their worst breakup. Because sharing and hearing stories make us feel less alone.
Dr. Antonio Pascual-Leone speaks about a 3-step process that could help you wrap things up and “finish the feeling”. Antonio is a clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Windsor, where he trains psychotherapists and is director of the Emotion Change Lab.
It’s so easy to get stuck in the mixed emotions of sadness, anger and regret. Here are some actions you can take to help you or someone you know get “unstuck.”
Headspace shares quick video breathing and meditation exercises to help you calm your mind and body so you can focus on next steps.
Talking about it helps, either with someone you trust or by reaching out to a mental health professional (who are all trained to help guide you through tough experiences like breakups). GoodTherapy explains how therapy can help when a relationship ends.
These resources can help you find professional support online, on the phone or in person. And if you or a friend are having thoughts of suicide, reach out immediately for a free, confidential chat with a trained counselor anytime.