Meditation for breakup recovery
September 17, 2012
During a breakup you have to deal with a host of intense and taxing emotions. As a result you're likely to experience considerable amounts of stress. Being in a state of stress negatively influences your emotions and it has been shown that stress will negatively impact your immune system1. You can alleviate the increased psychological burden of stress with good nutrition, working out and meditation. Which makes meditation a great tool for breakup recovery.
Now most guys I know don't meditate, and many of them wouldn't even contemplate it. In fact, I used to be one of those guys. The arguments that ended up convincing me, weren't related to spirituality. They were related to health.
Meditation has been shown to reduce anxiety2, increase positive emotions and strengthen your immune system3. Those are scientifically proven effects, which I chose not to ignore. There is an indisputable health benefit to meditation, which is why I advocate incorporating it into your breakup recovery routines.
Another benefit to meditation is that it increases your capacity for introspection. This will aid you in understanding your breakup and healing a broken heart. The sheer act of sitting quietly with your feelings without suppressing them or running away from them will prove to yourself that you are strong and that you will survive.
-- Update --
I recommend everyone that reads this check out Sam Harris' post on the topic of meditation. There are some links in there to guided meditations as well: