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      This past week I lost a dear friend.

      I wondered about the effects of grief on the disabled body.

      Grief can cause various effects on the body including increased inflammation, joint pain, headaches, and digestive problems. It can also lower your immunity, making you more susceptible to illness. Grief also can contribute to cardiovascular problems, difficulty sleeping, and unhealthy coping mechanisms.

      How has grief affected your body? How do you deal with grief?

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      Leah Leilani

        I’m so sorry for your loss, Dani. I find that grief tends to make me tired, sort of the same as depression. My body feels like it has to work harder than usual to function and get through the day. It really does feel like a type of fatigue. It’s strange how mental health can effect us physically too but it does.

      • #18278

        Yes, I agree about being tired, somehow even though it feels all mental, maybe my brain tries to take the pressure off the mind and onto the pain or fatigue of the body.

      • #18283
        Tracy Myall

          Dani I’m sorry for your loss. Losing a close friend or relative is heartbreaking. It seems that there have been more deaths close to me this holiday season, and my Dad is very ill annd we don’t know when we will lose him. this has affected both my mind and body. I know that my depression has been rearing its head more so than in the last 7-8 months. And over this past week I have been tired all the time. I’m usually up by 4:30am, but by noon lately fatigue has set in and both my brain and body seem to shut down. I’m frustrated and not sure how to get past it, but I am working with my therapist to help me. I think when we are grieving we just need to be kinder to ourselves, and to give ourselves a little more slack on getting our normal duties accomplished💕

        • #18286

          I agree about being kinder to ourselves, I forget, especially living in a place that highlights hard work until you are exhausted but it doesn’t have to be that way. We get one body, and we must try and take care of it the best we can!

        • #18289
          Gabriel Dutra

            I’m so sorry for your loss Dani, it’s too painful when we lose someone we care about, I’ve been through this a lot in my life. Whatever grief is the end of a relationship, loss of a relative or even a job you like. This hurts a lot, our body feels our sadness from grief and brings many horrible symptoms. What can I say that our difficulties make us strong and that’s why we suffer, but then we get up and keep fighting.

            • #18291

              I whole heartedly agree with that last statement! We get up and keep fighting, thanks for sharing!

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