Losing someone we love could be the hardest thing to deal with in life. It is like losing a part of ourselves and never becoming complete again no matter what. However we try, this emptiness that was brought by losing this important person in our lives will never be filled. Grief can suck your energy and leave you floundering.
Grief can not only be caused by a loved one’s death, including pets. It can also be caused by loss of job, a heartbreak or breakup of relationships, or realizing that your dreams will not come to pass.
How do you deal with it? How can it suck out all your energy and how can you re-energize yourself to get back up?
How Grief Can Suck Your Energy And How To Re-Energize Yourself
What grief does to your body
When you mourn, your body or well-being is affected.
You are either unable to sleep or you do nothing but sleep. You are deprived or you get uneasy sleep at night. You might also oversleep. The person grieving may experience nightmares from memories or fears of what could happen. Either way, your sleep cycle becomes irregular.
Grief can also lower a person’s immune system. This means that you become sickly or prone to disease because your body is not strong enough to fight it. Also, any pre-existing illness is aggravated.
Your digestive system is also affected. Like in a person under stress, churning stomach is common. Hyper acidity may happen because of stress and lacking appetite to eat. For some people however, they eat their emotions so they eat more than they normally do. The person would feel nauseous and may have irregular bowel movement.
The respiratory and cardiovascular is affected as the person would experience irregular heartbeat, tightness in the chest, and difficulty in breathing; usually, when grief triggers.
When you’re down and grieving, you have low energy and you get tired easily. It’s as if you feel a heaviness in your body; making it hard to move around and impossible to function normally. You also constantly feel your body ache although most of the time, you’re not certain from which part.
Migraine can be a common complaint as well as grief makes you overthink. The headache may also come from not having enough sleep or not being able to eat decently due to lack of appetite.
Your body may be made of different parts but it is one. So what the little pinky finger feels, the whole body can feel. If you are in emotional pain because of grief, this pain is manifested in the physical.
How to re-energize yourself
Grief may just be one emotion, but it is a powerful one that can suck your energy and leave you knocked down for days. For some people, even months or years!
Grief can weaken you but it must not be a permanent situation. Allow yourself to feel pain, let your body feel normal. But don’t let grief paralyze you from moving forward.
Never underestimate the power of prayer in times of grief. Be vulnerable before God. Pour out your emotions to Him. Let yourself be opened to receive His grace and comfort.
Write down your feelings on a journal or a blog.
This could be an outlet for you to lessen the burden in your heart and if you want to share it, it will bless others who are going through the same thing.
Go out there.
Attend an art class if you’re into it. Practice yoga. Run. Bike. Hike. Surround yourself with nature. Go to the beach and let the breeze caress your skin and bring you comfort. Listen to the relaxing sounds of the waves. Or better yet, let the water wash away your grief in a way.
Volunteer to charities or organizations that make a difference in the world.
Channel your energy into something good. This will not only help you realize that there is more you can do for others, it will also remind you that there are people who has less than you have but are still fighting to live.
More importantly, know that no matter what, you need to take care of your body. Nourish it, try to get enough rest, and bask in other people’s love for you to fill up your energy again. After all, love is more powerful than any negative emotions.
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