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Is Your Grief Affecting Your Physical Health?


Grieving Process

Posted On: Jan 17, 2017

Is Your Grief Affecting Your Physical Health?

It's no surprise that grieving impacts your mental and emotional health. Shock, sadness, depression, and anger are all common after you lose someone. What you may not realize is that the profound sense of loss you feel can also negatively affect your physical health. Your grief can make you sick, and you may not even realize it. The physical symptoms of grief are identical to many other common issues, so putting two and two together is often difficult. Familiarizing yourself with all the ways, pain takes a toll on your physical being can help you recognize the signs and ultimately treat them.

A Headache to Go with the Heartache

Headaches happen. They're universal. They're so ubiquitous and occur for such a variety of reasons that we hardly even think of them before popping a Tylenol and going on our way. Persistent pains, cluster headaches, stress headaches, and migraines that pop up around periods of grief and sadness are more than likely related to those feelings. The stress that surrounds a loss can play a part, as well, but grieving is the main culprit – it's just easy to blame these headaches on something else.

No Appetite and No Desire for Food

It's ironic that during a time when one of the universal traditions involves the making and bringing of food, you rarely have an appetite for any of it. Bereavement typically erases your appetite in spite of the casseroles, cakes, and pies that pour into your home. Not only that, you have no taste for food, either. You're not hungry and you have no desire to eat ever again. Nothing looks good, nothing tastes good, and you don't have the energy to eat, anyway.

Fatigue Takes Hold

The very act of feeling grief takes up an extraordinary amount of energy. As you work your way through the process, fatigue can weigh down your body and your mind. The very air feels thick. You're always exhausted, even if you're not precisely sleepy. In fact, exhausted as you are, as much time as you spend lying down, you may not feel sleepy at all because...

Sleepless Nights Are the Norm

Insomnia is another symptom of grieving, and it often happens in conjunction with extreme fatigue. As tired as you are, sleep remains elusive. You spend nights wide awake, remembering special moments or dwelling over painful times. Naturally, not getting enough sleep leads to a whole host of additional health problems.

Don't neglect your physical health as you grieve. Sadness can make you sick if you don't take care of yourself.