Breakups are the worst for, like, 700 reasons. Whether it was a long time coming or out of the blue, moving on can be rough. Going from seeing or talking to someone everyday to not seeing them at all can be confusing. You might feel lost or even dumb. Would it make you feel better if I told you that it isn’t actually your fault? Like, there are actual, scientific things that happens after you go through a breakup, and you can blame them on that silly little thing inside your head called your “brain.” Science is weird, right?
On a serious note, your brain is an incredible part of your body. It controls everything, and even though you might feel like you have a ~broken heart~ when you and your bae call it quits, it actually has all to do with the brain. You see, your brain actually reacts to things a lot stronger than you think it does. You can have actual physical reactions to traumatic events like breakups, and those reactions all come from the brain. It’s scary and upsetting, but also good to know all of the weird things that can happen to your brain after a breakup. This way, if you ever experience these things, you will be less inclined to freak TF out about what is happening to you, and more inclined to try and heal. So, take a look at these weird things that your brain will do after you experience a breakup, and remember to stay strong!
Your Sense Of Self Gets CloudyYou might feel "lost" after a breakup, and you can blame your brain for that. You actually can completely forget who you were before were in that relationship, which can cause a bit of an identity crisis. According to a 2010 study, a relationship can change the way you think about yourself. So, when that relationship ends, you don't really know how to think about yourself, which can be pretty frustrating. It's important to keep reminding yourself that you can and will survive without them, though! Image Source: iStock
Your IQ Goes DownUnfortunately, when you get rejected or experience heart break, your IQ might slip. According to a study, your IQ can drop up to 25 percent after a big rejection like a breakup or getting stood up on a date. So, try not to get broken up with before a big test, okay?! Image Source: iStock
You'll Want To Listen To Sad MusicI know you might want to try to stay away from those sad songs after a breakup...but your brain actually wants you to listen to them. According to a 2014 study, you actually get pleasure from connecting to these songs, which makes sad songs so appealing when you're crying your eyes out. Image Source: iStock
You Might Actually Feel PainTurns out when you go through something as traumatic as a breakup, your brain doesn't recognize a difference between physical and mental pain. AKA, your brain will start processing your pain the same way it would if you had a broken leg or arm. Nobody's quite sure why your brain does this, but it can trigger actual pain in your chest or even your head. Image Source: iStock
But Your Brain Releases PainkillersOn the bright side, since your brain thinks you were in some sort of accident, it releases opioids, which are sort of like natural painkillers that your body produces itself. So, even though you will be in pain, your brain will do its best to correct that, but trying to heal your pain. Isn't is awesome how much your brain loves you?! Image Source: iStock
You Get DepressedOf course, depression does happen during breakups. It makes sense to be sad after a breakup, but if you find yourself feeling down for months after you and your ex break up, you might actually be experiencing depression. If you have gone through a breakup and still wallow around for a long time, it might be time to see a therapist or a doctor to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Image Source: iStock
You Have A Shift In ThoughtsHave you ever had the urge to cut off all of your hair after going through a bad breakup? You're not alone. That is sort of your brain playing tricks on you. Your shift in behaviors can trigger irrational decisions. So, if you are going through a breakup, be sure to wait a little while before getting that tattoo or dying your hair purple. Your brain can really have trouble thinking clearly, so it's best to try and wait a few days before making decisions. Image Source: iStock
Have you ever experienced these weird things after a breakup? Tell us in the comments!