3 tips to overcome depression after a breakup

Published on: 18 May 2022, 17:14 pm IST

Well, a heartbreak always hurts. However, if you’re dealing with depression after a breakup, here's how to bear the loss.

Devina Kaur
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These tips may help you get over the pain of a heartbreak. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
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Depression is a very complex condition that can affect anyone. There are multiple triggers for depression, such as major life events, chemical imbalances, and hormonal changes. These symptoms can be brought on by stressful situations like breakups or losing a loved one. Depression after a breakup or a heartbreak is inevitable. It may cause feelings of hopelessness, numbness, lack of interest in things that used to be enjoyable, and feelings of guilt. Although these symptoms make it hard to function in day-to-day life, there are ways to improve your mood and manage these symptoms while making certain not to worsen the problem.

A breakup may be one of the most difficult experiences that a person can overcome. Commonly, people experience feelings of sadness and loneliness after a breakup. According to studies conducted by the National Mental Health Association (NMHA), one in four adults will experience a major depressive episode at some point in their lives.

Although these symptoms of depression may make it very hard to get through the day, it is possible to take steps to improve your mood.

Below are three brilliant ways that you can cope with depression after a breakup:

1. Connect with friends and family

When a person feels depressed, they feel reluctant to socialize or even go outside. However, it is important to learn to communicate with others and let them know how you feel. Talking about the breakup can help improve your mood. So, do reach out and confide in a loved one or a close friend. If you do not have anyone to talk to, consider joining a support group or reaching out to a professional for help.

If you’re dealing with depression after a breakup, give that love to somebody who deserves it more! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Engage in activities

If you’re going through an episode of depression after a breakup, it is normal for you to lose interest in your favorite activities or hobbies. However, you must find ways to regularly engage in fun and positive things. Doing so will help boost your mood and give you something productive that you can look forward to. You might not be able to put in too much effort at first, start small by going out with a friend once a week. As time goes on, try doing new activities that might interest you.

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Pursue your hobbies. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Set goals

It is important to set small, attainable goals. You should not become overwhelmed by your goals but rather feel encouraged and stay focused on the positive aspects of your life. If you do not have an immediate goal, decide to make one. For example, you could write down three things that you can look forward to doing next week or make a list of five things that you want to do in the next month. These small tasks can help release the feelings of depression and you’ll feel better.

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You can achieve all your goals if you’re smart about your plans. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

By following these tips, you can overcome depression after a breakup. You also have to know that it might be difficult to do initially, but you need to be patient with yourself and allow yourself time to recover. Although you may still have these symptoms for a while, you will definitely feel better.

Here’s a thing to remember if you’re dealing with depression:

Depression is an unpleasant experience, but it is not always a permanent condition. As long as you know that depression can be temporary and that there are tips for getting back on track, you will be able to overcome the consequences of the breakup with ease. Your emotions are neither right or wrong, they simply exist. Treat yourself as you would treat a friend going through the same life changing event and give yourself time to heal.

Devina Kaur Devina Kaur

Devina Kaur is an inspirational speaker, radio host, and producer. She is also the author of the self-help book called "Too Fat Too Loud Too Ambitious".