2 Steps to Feeling Better Faster
These days, in a COVID19 quarantine culture, grief can feel like a head-on collision or like the slow, silent constriction of emotional and physical retreat.
We may experience grief for many reasons: the profound loss of a loved one, loss of income, loss of housing, loss of family routine, or loss of a marriage. The temptation is to numb our pain by zoning-out in various ways: television, work, or substances. The list is endless.
Did you know that when we are grieving our cortisol levels rise significantly causing a host of physical problems? The physical result can range from sleep disorders, elevated stress, weight gain, and brain fog, just to name a few.
Here’s a link to a short article on WebMD with more details on the effects of grief on our bodies. https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/ss/slideshow-grief-health-effects
I was in a head-on collision with grief in 2007. I tragically lost my husband to suicide, give birth to my second daughter, Sophia, and lost my mother to breast cancer all in five months and one week. I was deeply thankful for my new baby and really struggling to survive emotionally and physically as a newly widowed mom with a toddler and newborn.
In my book, 180 Your Life from Tragedy to Triumph: A Woman’s Grief Guide, I share 8 Life-Changing Steps that helped my family and me eventually thrive after loss.
We all experience different forms of grief. What many do not know is that grief is an opportunity to grow in amazing, unexpected ways. My goal is to share clinically-proven strategies that can allow grief to transform you into your most powerful, compassionate self, living your most purposeful life.
From the “Train Your Body” section for 180 Your Life:
“When grief is overwhelming and there are no words for the pain, I suggest that you simply start the process of moving your body.
Two significant discoveries for me were that (1) what I ate and (2) adding exercise with a finish line helped me take major leaps forward in my grief journey. (emphasis mine for this blog post).
It took many years before I finally realized that my state of mind was influenced not only by things and people around me but also by how I treated my body.”
Did you know that simply taking a walk can burn off excess adrenaline caused by stress, help your mind calm down, and process grief from a more creative and calm perspective? That’s one powerful stroll!
Choosing to be healthy will look different for every person. You are not alone.
Achieving success in the physical realm is a great step in claiming your life as it is today.
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Onward, Brave Ones!
Author, 180 Your Life
Founder, Widow Strong