Helping Yourself Physically
When we loose a loved one we want to not only emotionally, but physically shut down. We stop living and doing the things that give our lives meaning and purpose. We often let our physical health slide, or fail to realize the physical toll that grief takes on the body. Remembering to take care of our physical needs and learning how to get back into life can help us move through grief rather than get stuck in the midst of it.
David A. Penny
The mind and body are connected. When you feel good physically, you’ll also feel better emotionally. Combat stress and fatigue by getting enough sleep, eating right, and exercising. Don’t use alcohol or drugs to numb the pain of grief or lift your mood artificially.
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Significant Health Risks
Because our physical bodies are closely tied into our mental and emotional states, grief has the power to affect you physically, mentally and socially. Without appropriate precautions and preventative measures, the complications of grief may pose significant health risks including:
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Increased risk of physical illness, such as heart disease, cancer or high blood pressure
- Significant sleep disturbances
- Long-term difficulty with daily living, relationships or work activities
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Alcohol or substance misuse
- Nicotine use, such as smoking
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