For the lovebirds who’ve wondered why a fizzled summer fling can literally hurt, the September issue of Women’s Health breaks down the physiological effects of a break-up.
According to the article “Your Body On . . . Heartbreak,” everything from hair to hormones can go haywire, making the end of even a casual relationship feel like a major trauma.
“Getting dumped ignites a series of reactions that ends up feeling like a full-body blow,” says the magazine. Stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline begin to simmer, clogging pores, slowing digestion, agitating your immune system and even causing hair to stop growing or fall out. You may feel overly emotional, as areas of the brain that control pleasure, longing and even physical pain buzz with activity. (That explains why it’s so easy to remember the good times, resort to Facebook stalking and feel an actual ache throughout your body.)
But the magazine affirms that eventually the reassessment and evaluation part of the brain kicks into gear. “Soon enough, it will have you thinking, Yes, it was for the best. You’ll grow new hair — and find new love.”