Eating and exercising healthily are also vital. Taking care of our bodies can really make all the difference in the world. Trust me, that is the last thing I want to be doing right now is starting an exercise program again. But, exercise allows our brains to release natural endorphins that act as feel good chemicals, causing us to be naturally happier. Getting proper nutrition is also critical as our bodies need replenishment after the stressors of the day tear us down.
Meditation is another great practice to bring back mindfulness into our stressful lives. Practicing meditation even just 10-15 minutes per day is a great way to discipline your mind to focus on the now. I have also been doing a lot of reading about Buddhist practices, and meditation is a cornerstone of their philosophy. Also, living in the now has opened my mind and freed it of baggage from the past and impending future. “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”²
Lastly, seek out your friends. Rely on those who love you as you are like your friends and family. I cannot even begin to express the overwhelming gratefulness I have felt from the outpouring of love from my friends and family post breakup. I have nagged and cried and whined to dozens of people about my issues for years. And as annoying as I feel I am being, I receive love, support, and reassurance back. That is the sign of true love right there: someone that will tell you you are worthy when you feel it the least and not leave you alone until you believe it.