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Why the Grief Cycle should be broken.

Updated: Mar 2, 2022

To grieve after a loss is natural. To be downcast and stressed after a loss is normal.

If it is normal, why should it be broken?

It should be broken because it stresses the body in the short term and and leads to health complications in the long term.

What is stress? Stress refers to any reaction to a physical, mental or emotional stimulus that upsets the body's natural balance. Stress is unavoidable in life and can be either acute or long term.

Long term stress is dangerous because it causes the nervous system to release negative hormones. These hormones could make the heart beat faster, cause headaches, cause us to lose appetite, get constipated, and lots of other negative effects which are not beneficial.

Some things to do when stressed.

  • Know your limits. Accept the things you cannot change and change the things within your control.

  • When troubled, talk to someone you trust.

  • Get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet.

  • Make time for fun and relaxation.

  • Let the past go, you cannot change it.

Things not to do when stressed.

  • Using tranquilizers and chemical substances.

  • Blocking reality and refusing acceptance.

  • Withdrawing from social life to live in isolation.

  • Blaming oneself for what went wrong even when it was beyond you.

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