Unrequited Love Can Be Dangerous, Especially around Valentine's Day: How to Handle It Properly

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Unrequited love can feel like agony and lead to serious feelings of depression and more -- especially around Valentine's Day. Here is what people should do to free themselves from unrequited love and move on from the potentially dangerous heartbreak.

While Valentine's Day is a welcome occasion for those in love, it is a particularly tough time for those whose love is unrequited.

Unrequited love -- loving or desiring someone who does not love or desire you in return -- is often the sorrowful subject of fairy tales and romance novels. As virtually everyone knows from first-hand experience at some point in their life, it also exists in real life -- and can sometimes have devastating consequences.

"People can die from a broken heart," says Professor Alex Gardner, a clinical psychologist in Glasgow. "You get into a state of despair and hopelessness."

The condition of "lovesickness," accepted as a natural state of mind for thousands of years before the 18th century, according to Frank Tallis, a clinical psychologist in London, has some experts calling for greater awareness of this real "illness."

In some cases, unrequited love can cause debilitating heartache, extreme fatigue, insomnia and depression. In the most serious cases, health experts say, unrequited love can even drive a person to suicide.

As for solutions, time is the greatest healer when it comes to healing a broken heart; though it may feel like agony at first, the more time that goes by the easier the experience a person will have dealing with unrequited love.

When a person feels ready, it is important to talk to someone (a close friend or family member, a therapist, a spiritual figure, etc.) about how they are feeling. This will help them to remember previous interests, open their mind to meeting someone else, and help get some joy out of life again.

"It is also necessary for people to allow themselves to let go of the negative feelings they have regarding the experience," according to Hale Dwoskin, New York Times bestselling author of The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace and Emotional Well-being and CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates. There are likely a lot of these negative feelings to let go of, from grief and anger to low self-esteem and hopelessness. The Sedona Method is a simple, incredibly effective and widely proven tool -- it has even been scientifically validated by researchers at Harvard Medical School -- that can help people with this process of letting go.

The Sedona Method consists of a series of questions you ask yourself that lead your awareness to what you are feeling in the moment and gently guide you into the experience of letting go. Hundreds of thousands of people have already used the Method successfully to:

-Experience dramatic shifts in self-esteem and self-confidence

-Enjoy deep feelings of inner peace that bring more joy and happiness to everyday life

-Experience freedom from long-standing emotional challenges (such as those churned up by unrequited love)

-Effortlessly find the courage to take massive action toward being, doing and having the most exciting things life has to offer

Best of all, The Sedona Method is a process people can use anytime, anyplace to improve emotional aspects of life, including moving on from unrequited love.

Right now everyone can get the free Insiders Guide to The Sedona Method email course sampler by inputting just their name and email in the sidebar on the right at http://www.sedona.com/lp-unrequited-love.aspx .

For more insights on the topic of unrequited love and related topics, Hale Dwoskin, New York Times Best-Selling author of The Sedona Method, and CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates, is available for interviews. Sedona Training Associates is an organization that teaches courses based on the emotional releasing techniques originated by Hale Dwoskin's mentor, Lester Levenson. Dwoskin is an international speaker and featured faculty member at Esalen and the Omega Institute. He is also a featured speaker in the made-for-TV movie, "The Secret." For over a quarter century, he has regularly been teaching The Sedona Method techniques to individuals and corporations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Visit http://www.sedona.com.

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