Effects of Bottled-Up Grief on Your Well-Being

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Having a loved one face a life-limiting illness can be emotionally devastating. Confronting the loss of someone dear also builds stress. Finding yourself in constant grieving through this period is common.

Most people do not understand the impact of bottled grief has on a person’s physical well-being. Because grieving affects people differently, maintaining your health need different approaches.

Grief support and counseling are not limited to adults. In Indiana, group supports also offer programs for children and teens who are prone to complications that grief and mourning bring.

Besides stress, grief support could help you avoid the following.

Cardiac Problems

Expert research has shown that grief can literally break your heart. An irregular heartbeat from stress can lead to blood clots, stroke, and heart failure. People who do not deal with their grief are also at risk of other heart-related complications. The risk of heart failure is higher for people above sixty years old.

For some patients, grief can topple them into severe diseases. Various hormones associated with grief take a toll on your heart.

Decreased Immunity

During times of intense grief, you might notice an increase in colds and flu. This is because your body’s immune system drops due to an imbalance in your hormones because of stress. In this period, you are especially prone to illness and more so in prolonged grieving.

Digestive Issues

People react differently when they mourn. While some will binge eat through the period, others suffer a loss of appetite. Both of these extremes affect your digestive tract. They might cause a rise of harmful microorganisms in the digestive tract. This leads to diarrhea or constipation.

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Grief is a natural process, but it does not have to affect your body’s health. Grief support includes counseling, sharing with other people and engaging in various activities. These aim to channel out your grief to improve your overall health.