It doesn’t take an expert opinion to say that infidelity can make someone on an emotional rollercoaster. One can take as long as years to recover. Indeed new researches suggest that the emotional impact of cheating can have its another negative carryover on your physical health no exception.
According to a study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, the ways that cheating can harm our physical health are mainly in the risky behavior that ensue.
For some it may manifest in excessive alcohol consumption, smoking or even taking drugs.
For others it may put a self-improvement mask where extreme exercise or disorder eating pattern may show up.
Habits that are not considered healthy.
Fortunately, there’s a way to bounce back from cheating and not harming your physical health, but it all depend on how you see things.
The study shows that those who blamed their partners for the infidelity weren’t likely to practice health harming activities like alcohol, drugs or other self-sabotage. Meanwhile those who blamed themselves for the cheating were more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors even if they chose to carry on the relationship.
The researchers note that women particularly are guilty for placing the blame on themselves.
A previous study showed that women especially tend to experience more distress after being cheated on. The researchers suggest that could be because women typically place a higher importance on the relationship as a source of self-idenity. In result women that have been cheated on will have less clear minds and engage in risky behaviors because their reception of identity has been damaged.
While the study was mainly applied on college students, the researchers are hoping to continue the research on marital relationships to see if the findings will still be the same when other responsibilities like children and mortgage are added to equation.
When we mentioned above that there is a way to overcome cheating without engaging in activities that could hurt your health and further worsen your emotional state. We meant that you shouldn’t be taking responsibility for the choices and behaviors of others. Accepting this will make it easier for you to handle that pain the comes with infidelity and will allow you to have a clearer mind to decide what you should be doing next in your life.