So when you're going through a bad break-up, it's time to hit the reset button. Get your health back on track with these handy tips. You also won't feel guilty after a late-night trip to Messina.
Spend quality time with your close mates
If you've just come out of a long-term relationship where most of your time was probably spent with your significant other, you might find yourself feeling lonely. Now's the time to reconnect with close mates who can both lend you an ear and provide a good distraction.
Time to sort out your nutrition
Strong research has shown just how vital nutrition is to not to just physical wellbeing, but your mental state as well. Findings from a US study found that participants following a high fibre diet while avoiding unhealthy foods were 11 per cent less likely to experience depression.
The one thing we neglect in a situation like this is our diet. It's time to get your food on point. Stick to wholesome options, while avoiding greasy foods.
Join a social run club
What's better than meeting new people? Meeting new people while also getting in shape and working on your fitness. During the tough times, it's important to be social. And fortunately, there are some great social run clubs floating around that offer an environment to meet kind, welcoming, and fun people that love a run, and don’t mind a bum tap. Free run clubs like 440 will even do it during the dark, so if you're down on confidence, you won't be too concerned with people staring at you.
The research backs it up. A study published in The Journal of American Osteopathic Association showed that group exercise could help lower stress levels by 26 per cent compared to those who flew solo.
Get in shape
Apart from getting a great revenge rig, countless studies have identified the significance of exercise in getting you in the right headspace. Research conducted by Michigan State University found that physical activity is effective in managing moderate depression and anxiety. Plus, having a great body will help your confidence when you're ready to put yourself out there.
Time to take control of your zen. Eliminate stress while taking a moment to find calmness in your life. Vedic meditation is a great option because it only requires 20 minutes. And if you needed more reason to take up the hobby, a recent paper published in the journal of Psychological Medicine found that taking regular yoga classes could see a 50 per cent improvement in depressive symptoms.
So remember: reset, rebuild, and then reprogram. The above will help at a time when its most needed.
Don’t be afraid to try new things and make sure you're talking to your friends about how you feel. The best medicine is communication and understanding from your valued networks and sources.
Dust yourself off and don’t be afraid to try again.
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