What Feeling Sad *Really* Does To Your Body

Being sad is pretty damn horrible, right?

And for that reason, nobody likes to be in a bad mood. But what are these bad moods ACTUALLY doing to our health?

As expected, there are some pretty unpleasant side effects. However, there are also a couple of surprisingly positive things about feeling down.

Thanks to the people at Bustle, we can give you the low-down on how our sad days are doing all kinds of crazy things to our bodies…

1) Your heart literally hurts


If your sadness is the result of grieving, you could be at higher-than-average risk of developing a disorder called cardiomyopathy. This is also known as ‘broken heart syndrome’.

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When this happens, your body may perceive your grief as stress (or you may actually be stressed out), which can weaken your immune system. It also makes it easier for your sympathetic nervous system to initiate your ‘fight or flight’ response, releasing the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Too much of these hormones can lead to high blood pressure and high blood sugar.

If you’re going though a particularly bad spot of cardiomyopathy, your heart could stop pumping blood as strongly as it’s meant to. This results in heart attack symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, arm pain and sweating.

2) Your facial recognition skills and memory recollection improve


According to Peter Hills – a researcher and cognitive psychologist from Anglia Ruskin University – upset people are better at facial recognition. This is because being sad results in elaborate thinking, making it easier to recognise faces.

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It can also help us remember things more easily. The University Of California At Berkeley’s Joseph P Forgus has said that sadness improves our attention to detail.

3) Your appetite changes


Experts have said that intense sadness results in high stress and a weakened immune system. With our immune system being located in our guts, it’s not surprising that this can alter our appetite.

When we’re upset, our bodies are put into in a state of repair. This means they have to work overtime until we’ve recovered – and our appetites can return.

We really hope you don’t feel sad anytime soon. But at least next time you do, you’ll know exactly what’s happening to you.