The Physical Effects Of Grief


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Grief is an intense feeling of sadness. You can experience grief from the loss of a relationship, the death of a loved one, or divorce. Certain life stressors can reignite past feelings of grief. The important thing to remember is that there’s no wrong way to grieve. Everyone grieves in the way that they need to in order to cope and move on. Many people don’t associate grief with physical effects. However, grief impacts more than just your mental and emotional state. In fact, it can have an immense impact on your physical body. Here are some of the ways in which grief can manifest physically within you.


1. Lowered Immunity

It’s not uncommon for those who are experiencing heavy grief to come down with the flu or a cold. In adults, grief can lower the immune system. As a result, you can become more susceptible to illnesses or diseases. As hard as it may be, eating right, drinking plenty of fluids, and getting light exercise can help you ward off illnesses.


2. Body Aches and Pains

Aches and pains are one of the most common physical symptoms of grief. Grief can cause pain in the joints, in the neck and back, as well as give you headaches. The pain is caused by an overwhelming around of stress hormones flooding your body.


3. Sleep Problems

Another very common symptom of grief is feeling fatigued or having issues with sleeping too much or too little. When you’re feeling overwhelmingly sad or anxious, it’s very common to either sleep too much or avoid sleep altogether. Fortunately, this is usually a temporary side effect. However, it can become a common occurrence. Which is why it’s important to talk to your doctor if you’re having issues with sleeping.


Managing Grief

Establishing a healthy, daily routine can help you effectively manage your grief in a positive manner. Regular exercise can help with aches and pains, boost your mood, and help to alleviate sleeping issues. Nourishing your body when it’s hungry with healthy foods will help prevent digestive issues.


One of the most important things to remember when you’re grieving is to remember that you are not alone. You don’t have to carry this weight by yourself. Reach out to friends and family and let them know that you need a little extra support. There is strength in vulnerability.


If you’re struggling to manage your grief and need a little extra support, please don’t hesitate to reach out and give us a call. We can help you talk through your grief and work out a daily plan to help you manage your responsibilities while you heal. You never have to be alone.