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10 Awful Things That Happen To Your Body When You Break Up

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Breaking up with your significant other impacts more than just your social life, as it can cause significant stress on your body. Our bodies have several responses to help us deal with this stress. However, there are also negative consequences of these responses.

Here are 10 of the terrible reactions your body has to a breakup:

1. You feel physical pain

“Love hurts” is more than some metaphorical song lyric. Did you know that a study determined that acetaminophen (the main ingredient in pain killers like Tylenol) actually reduces the pain of a break up? This is because a broken heart can cause physical pain.

In a different study, participants devastated from breakups looked at a series of photos, including pictures of their exes. As the scientists scanned their brain responses, they discovered that the brain’s physical pain receptors lit up when they saw the photos of their former partner. So if someone tells you the pain of your break up is “all in your head,” they’re right, but literally.

2. You lose your hair

Many people wonder why they lose so much hair after a breakup. But just like in any stressful situation, the body tries to fix the issue. In this case, the stress can trigger an auto-immune condition which attacks your hair follicles or increases the production of androgen, which causes female pattern baldness. The good news is that as you recover from the heart-break, your hair should grow back.

3. You have an existential crisis

When you break up with your partner, it can be challenging to remember who you are without them. While in a relationship, it’s common to change beliefs, appearance, activities, plans, etc. as a result of living life with another person. These changes may be slight but because of these changes, it can be challenging for you to have a clear sense of self since you are no longer the person you were in the relationship, but neither are you the person you were before the relationship.

4. You gain or lose weight

A common reaction to the stress of a breakup is to either eat everything or nothing. When you’re stressed, more adrenaline enters your system, raising cortisol levels. Cortisol, a stress hormone, functions to help the body use sugar and fat. The abnormal level of cortisol can cause your body to misread feelings of hunger as a need to eat more sugar and fatty foods or to not eat at all.

5. You get headaches

Not only does cortisol entice you to eat more or make you lose your appetite, it also makes your muscles swollen and sore. The stress caused by the break up makes your body enter fight or flight mode and sends more blood to your muscles. But since you aren’t releasing that additional power, it makes your muscles ache and causes headaches.

6. You get sick

Maybe our heroine in “Sense and Sensibility” was actually onto something. Stress and loneliness actually have the power to weaken your immune system. Because your body is handling the stress, it doesn’t focus as much effort on fighting off germs entering your body. So a broken heart can actually make you physically ill.

7. You get depression

Any loss creates deep feelings of sadness. But break ups are an especial trigger for depression, because the grief is mixed with feelings of humiliation and lowered self-esteem.

8. You experience withdrawals

Scientists have discovered that love really is a drug. While in a relationship, your brain becomes accustomed to the “high” from daily love experiences that are similar to the effects of drugs. So when you lose the relationship, you also lose those stimuli. Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that your body experiences withdrawals similar to a body’s response to being cut off from drugs. In fact, your cravings for your significant other can be very real. Once your body becomes used to not getting a fix from love, you will go back to normal.

9. Your heart can break

Believe it or not, your heart can literally break when you lose your significant other. As a result of a break up, part of your heart can enlarge, preventing it from pumping well. This is commonly referred to as “broken heart syndrome.” If you have shortness of breath or intense chest pain, see a doctor.

10. You can die

It may sound dramatic, or like something out of a soap opera but scientists say it actually is possible to die of a broken heart. Researchers say that the loss of a loved one is traumatic on the body and the influx of stress hormones can cause heart spasms. These spasms are potentially life threatening and you should see a doctor if you are experiencing them.

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Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday

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An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.

Why stay at an exotic resort

Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
Here are some of the best resorts from around the world for you to consider:

Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
This famous resort has made many feel they have entered Paradise. The gentle ocean breeze
floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa tucked away from the other guests
staying at the resort. This is perfect for encouraging you to relax, either by your private pool
or in the clear blue waters of Petite Anse Bay. Perfect for a romantic stay, there is a Spa for
pampering and the chance for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.

Some enjoy simply sitting on their balcony, gazing at the ocean between reading their book,
sketching or checking out international bookmakers and betting sites for the chance of a
flutter. If you want another type of adrenaline kick, check out the resorts excellent kayaking
and snorkelling facilities, which are recommended by nearly all who try it.

Anantara Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand

The ultimate tropical getaway, the Anantara Resort is an award-winning site modelled on a
traditional Thai village and is just three hours drive south of Bangkok. The location is where
Thai royalty and aristocrats have been holidaying for almost one-hundred years. Today, you
can visit historical attractions alongside theme parks and shops as well as vineyards and golf
courses.

The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
meandering pathways through exotic foliage, with many rooms overlooking the shoreline.
Each day, chefs prepare freshly caught local seafood alongside Thai specialities. The resort
also has an award-winning spa located within a lagoon-inspired oasis offering you the perfect
opportunity to relax.

Kurumba, Maldives

Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
superb hospitality and contemporary facilities. There are seven speciality restaurants offering
cuisine from Italy to the Middle East as well as Thila, a restaurant which extends out over the
water which offers gourmet breakfasts and seafood dinners.

You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
package as part of your stay, or just enjoy a private pool when staying at one of the spacious
villages. There are also deluxe beachfront bungalows offering direct beach access and views
of the crystal-clear waters.

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Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross

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Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.

Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.

Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines

These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.

This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.

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Taking Care of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – The itel, Lagos Food Bank Example

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Waking up to a special meal or choice gift is the best feeling ever. Hundreds of children in Mushin, mainland Lagos, had a filling taste of this feeling for the October 1 st celebrations. It’s an experience they will remember for a long time.

Being one of the most responsible corporate citizens around, celebrating Independence Day was always going to be on the radar for itel Mobile. To make this possible and memorable, the brand got to work in earnest. The focus of the work was picking the best way to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of the most populous black nation on earth.

The efforts soon paid off through an impact-driven partnership with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. With the arrangement, both partners considered a couple of activities capable of affecting communities positively and bringing smiles to people’s faces in Lagos. At the end of the exercise, taking care of children, the leaders of tomorrow, in the commercial city secured the highest votes.

With the decision, itel Mobile set about making this happen. Not surprisingly, the decision was
influenced by giving children the means to excel and prepare them for leadership and nation-building, for them to enjoy better life. For the good of their immediate family, community and the Nigerian society.

Idiko, Mushin, a suburb of mainland Lagos, was chosen as the benefiting community. And the partners strategically reached out to the beneficiaries, children and families, with gifts of love, care, happiness and support made possible by the itel Love Always On CSR initiative.

Over 1,000 families benefited from the gesture as well as 600 children, and each one of them received food packages to celebrate Nigeria’s 60 th Independence Day commemoration.

Speaking on the event and itel’s Love Always On CSR Initiative, Oke Umurhohwo, itel’s Marketing Manager said, ‘We wanted to mark this year’s Independence Day celebrations differently, and that is why we did something so momentous for our children. Children are the backbone of any longstanding community, and as such, we are proud to be able to give back and support them on their journey as leaders of tomorrow and for a better life.’

To meet the demands of the memorable event, 30 volunteers joined the customer-centric brand and the Lagos-based NGO to share smiles, and to convey just how important it is to love and take care of today’s children who will ultimately become leaders of tomorrow.

With the thoughtful activity, there are insights for everyone, from the government to citizens, on partnerships that are capable of making life better for children. Indeed, itel Mobile and the Lagos Food Bank Initiative have offered a great template on bringing this to reality.

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