Relationships and Health Problems
So many of us are or have been involved in a bad relationship and stayed in it just for convenience. Its hard to break free of habits, and ever more difficult to break free of someone who we once cared for. Unfortunately the best thing is to let go, cut losses and move on. The first step to getting out of an unhealthy relationship is to recognize that it exists and that it’s affecting your health and well being on both a physical and mental level.There are many reasons why you should do this for your mental and physical health such as fatigue, weight gain and depression.
Arguing often or being constantly stressed about a relationship can cause you to feel fatigued. It may also cause you to be stressed so much that you can’t sleep and become exhausted. Exhaustion unfortunately is directly linked to being more irritable which in turn will cause your relationship even more harm and stress.
Being in a bad relationship that often causes you to be fatigued and stressed can lead weight gain as well. The stress of a bad relationship can cause you to overeat. This especially applies to women in particular. During stressful times we tend to eat unhealthy food like ice cream and chocolate. These foods have high sugar content. The reason why we crave them during stressful times is that they release a happy feel good chemical response known as endorphins. This works only for a short time and then the feelings come back. At that point we want to eat more, however these sweets are high in calories. It only takes 3500 calories to gain 1lb of fat.
Along with overeating, you may not be burning calories because you feel fatigued and this will cause your energy levels to drop due to your stress and/or depression. Depression is the feeling of worthlessness, the thoughts (sometimes caused by your partner) that you’re unworthy, unloved, or even unattractive can cause you to fall into a downward spiral of sadness. This can make you feel like you don’t what to do anything at all and cause you to start feeling bad about yourself and your physical appearance and even more depressed because of your bad relationship.