Don’t let that emo­tional hang­over get the bet­ter of you

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - Su­san Jose

Heart­bro­ken in­di­vid­u­als of­ten get unsolicited ad­vice, es­pe­cially on how to pre­vent or cure emo­tional hang­over — find­ing it dif­fi­cult to move on. In a re­cent study by New York Univer­sity, USA, the re­searchers sug­gested that the events that take place dur­ing a high emo­tional arousal state tend to form a bet­ter mem­ory as com­pared to neutral emo­tional states. And, emo­tions not only af­fect the mem­ory of the past events but they also tend to in­flu­ence the for­ma­tion of new mem­o­ries. Spot the symp­toms If a per­son is emo­tion­ally hung-over, he or she might feel emo­tion­ally ex­hausted. This might last from a few days to few weeks or even more.

Such peo­ple are stressed and usu­ally suf­fer from in­som­nia.

They tend to be emo­tion­ally in­ert — are per­sis­tently upset, dazed, with­drawn and ir­ri­ta­ble.

How can one fix it? Psychotherapist Neeta V Shetty sug­gests the fol­low­ing:

Take up some phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity or ex­er­cise, as it re­duces the cor­ti­sol level and raises the feel-good hor­mone oxy­tocin.

Learn the art of mind­ful­ness to be­come aware of your thoughts and ac­tions. Mind­ful med­i­ta­tions also help one calm down and re­wire the brain to­wards hap­pi­ness.

Spend­ing time in na­ture is also great stress buster.

So­cial­is­ing with friends or loved ones helps in heal­ing, as speak­ing to some­one close pro­vides a vent for emo­tions.

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