Heartbreak is a universal experience that comes with intense emotional anguish and distress.
When many people associate a broken heart with the end of a romantic relationship, young Ghanaian on-air personality Abena Ampofo emphasizes that healing a broken heart takes time.
She stresses that sometimes a broken heart can give you the feeling that your world will never be the same.
But there are things you can do to support yourself through the healing process and protect your emotional wellbeing.
“The first is to accept the fact that it is over and there is nothing you can do and remember that if the person thoroughly loves you there will be no breakup and never to be loved again and don’t try to explain yourself that will make the pain worst,” she said.
“The best thing you can also do for yourself is to give yourself the permission to feel all of your sadness, anger, loneliness, or guilt.
“Always look good and put some smile on that make when you step out that takes some pains off you and send it to your ex.
“Sometimes by doing that, you unconsciously give those around you permission to feel their own grief, too, and you won’t feel like you’re alone in it anymore. You just might find that a friend’s gone through similar pain and some pointers for you.
“When you’re in the midst of heartbreak, it is easy to forget to take care of your personal needs. But grieving is not an emotional experience, it also depletes you physically. Indeed, research has shown that physical and emotional pain travels along the same pathway in the brain.
“Deep breathing, meditation, and exercise can be great ways to preserve your energy. But don’t beat yourself up over it either. Simply making an effort to eat and stay hydrated can go a long way. Take it slow, one day at a time," she emphasised.
Abena Ampofo also advises being clear about whether you prefer to be alone, with the support of close friends, or with a wide circle of people accessible through social networks.
“Research has found that spending just two hours a week outdoors can improve your mental and physical health. If you can get out to some beautiful scenery, great. But even regular walks around the neighborhood can help.
“Knowing that others have gone through a similar experience and come out on the other side can or may help you feel less alone.
“Reading a book or listening to programs about particular loss can also provide you with validation and be a supportive way for you to process your emotions."
Watch her brief video below: