Women's Health (South Africa) - - HEALTH -

No more fran­tic tex­ting, but the thought of your ex still makes your heart ache. That pain you feel is not just a fig­ment of your imag­i­na­tion. You feel both types of pain in the same re­gion of the brain, so as far as the brain is con­cerned, the emo­tional pain you feel af­ter a break-up is equiv­a­lent to the phys­i­cal pain of get­ting hit with a brick. Your nat­u­ral in­stinct is to go into hid­ing and heal – but it’s a trap, don’t do it. A Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia study found that spend­ing time with close friends dur­ing tough times causes the brain to re­lease nat­u­ral opi­oids – the body’s painkillers – which also boost your mood.

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