Broken Heart

How To Heal After a Broken Heart

If you have the capacity to love, then you also have the capacity to be hurt. In fact, anytime you open yourself up to love, you risk getting a broken heart. 

Heartbreak can hit suddenly and with a lot of force. It is possible to experience heartbreak and then find healing afterward.
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The Toll of Heartbreak


Physical

If your heart is broken, it is not uncommon to experience these physical symptoms; changes to your appetite, insomnia, fatigue, brain fog, stomach aches or body aches. This is not an exhaustive list and if any of these should last longer than 2 weeks then you need to reach out to a medical professional.

Emotional

A broken heart is emotionally draining. It will be difficult to remain focused on tasks whether big or small as you will likely experience racing thoughts or obsessive thoughts about your situation. It is also very common to struggle with episodes of depression and anxiety when dealing with the pain of a broken heart.

Spiritual

Your spirit gets wounded when your heart is broken. In the midst of this devastating pain you might question a lot about life, love and maybe even your worth. You may be asking what the universe or God is trying to tell you. It's common to want to seek comfort through something that is bigger than a cliche' statement or a self-help book.

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Heartbreak and the Body

There’s no need to be embarrassed or ashamed of your heartbreak. The painful situations that caused it were real and legitimate, and so are the emotions you do battle with. But you’re not alone – and healing your heart is possible.

It begins with knowing the source of your pain. Then you can make a practical plan with people you trust to care for the needs that have been unmet since your heartbreak. This spiritual, physical, and emotional self-care will be instrumental in helping you move forward and heal.

TheHopeLine is here to help you sort through it. Our Hope Coaches can talk you through your broken heart so that you can get to the root of the problem. If you need spiritual support, there are people who can pray for your heart to strengthen and heal.
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Every Heart Is Unique

It can be hard to put into words what a broken heart feels like.  Our friend Entity explained it like this.

“Heartbreak is the overwhelming distress you feel after a [romantic relationship or friendship] ends. . . It can make someone feel depressed or like they don’t have the energy for their normal routine. And in serious cases, it can even make someone feel like they don’t want to live anymore at all.”

The emotional intensity of your heartbreak can vary from day to day. But some days and seasons are more overwhelming than others. If you experience any of the following, you should get support and help to lessen the strain of your heartbreak:

• Depression, anxiety, or signs of other mental illness
• Feeling such pain that you harm yourself (or think about doing so)
• Thoughts or plans of suicide
• Isolation from friends, family, or activities you once loved

This list of feelings is by no means exhaustive. The way you experience a broken heart depends on the type of pain you’re feeling. If a breakup has left you feeling despair, you may have different emotional struggles from someone who is brokenhearted from grieving after a loss.
Spiritual Practice
When your heart has been broken, your whole world feels like it crashes down on you, crushing your heart and soul.  It's important to remember that God's love never fails.

Take comfort in what the Bible says in Psalm 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." 

Pray to God, who promises to never leave you or forsake you, and ask Him to heal your broken heart.

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