3. It’s Depressing
And not just because it makes us feel sad as hell, but because we could very easily spiral into a depression. According to Psychology Today, a study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University found that “losses that involved lower self-esteem were twice as likely to trigger depression.” Sound familiar? All those questions in your head like, “Was it me?” “Could I have done something better?” “Where did I go wrong?” We always take a personal hit when we go through breakups, and we can’t help that. Breakups are personal.
HOW YOGA HELPS: Yoga can thwart depression earlier than later, by naturally increasing serotonin production. According to the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, “exercise increases brain serotonin function in the human brain” and “a comprehensive review of the relation between exercise and mood concluded that antidepressant and anxiolytic effects have been clearly demonstrated.” Or in English, exercises just like yoga raise our serotonin levels – which helps fight against depression.
4. You Would Want To Be Alone
Maybe you can’t even begin to think about leaving your bed. Maybe all you want to do is sit in the couch and cry and cry and cry. But isolating yourself can be a really scary place to be, especially as you fill your head with negative thoughts, when what you need is to get those dopamine levels up, stat. The best way to do this is by doing the things you love, activities that bring you joy. And we know what you’re thinking, “What joy??? How could I ever feel happy again when I’ve just lost the thing I love the most?”
HOW YOGA HELPS: It might seem like the last thing on your mind but dragging yourself to a room full of people in awkward poses will help you feel that you are, in fact, not alone, and that everyone is struggling with their own shit. Not to mention, where once your evenings were filled with texts, calls and dinners, it’s best to keep yourself busy by filling the void with something else – so why not something productive and meaningful that brings benefits to your body, mind and soul?
5. YOU’LL DOUBT YOURSELF
As we said earlier, our self-esteem takes a big hit when somebody literally rejects us and everything amazing about us and every good thing we stand for. Suddenly we don’t feel so confident anymore about ourselves. All these questions, fears and doubts flood our minds. Not to mention worries like, “Will I ever love again?” “What if I never meet the right person for me?” “Will I be #foreveralone?” are completely natural.
HOW YOGA HELPS: And that’s why on the mat is the perfect place to be. You don’t doubt yourself on the mat. You’re in control and you know exactly what your body can do or can’t do. You’ve done all these poses and asanas before. You know it like the back of hand. You’re so badass-ed you could even do it blindfolded. When you do something that comes naturally and so familiarly to you like your daily yoga practice, you can really appreciate yourself for what you have accomplished, and all that you will go on to accomplish. Even 15 minutes of yoga every day can give you the empowerment you need to remind yourself that you’re in control of your own destiny and you have the power to make things happen – even one day not too far from now, recovering from a broken heart.