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How to Reduce the Stress of Grieving

While the loss and sadness that result is a state of being, few realize that it takes a terrible physical toll to mourn. This is born of the fact that many who suffer from divorce or the death of a loved one often experience symptoms of colds or flu, or have severe headaches or stomach disorders.

For over 40 years I have taught that for every thought and emotion we have there is a corresponding physical manifestation of that thought or emotion at the cellular level. In terms of mourning, thoughts of continued stress without living late, poor eating habits, and inability to sleep often lead to compromised immune systems and eventually some types of illness.

What can be done to overcome and reduce the emotional and physical stress associated with mourning? Here are seven approaches to consider in dealing with your losses or helping others you support.

1. Everyone needs a physical booth for emotional stimulation. This is due to anxiety and sad tension utilizing muscle tissue. Therefore, as difficult as it is, it is useful to incorporate some type of training into your personal care plan. Walk, do yoga, find ways to improve your heart rate. Depression will be minimized, endorphin increases your mood, and you will regain your energy and endurance.

I know you've heard all the exercises before, but there's nothing wrong with minimizing the importance of this media for stress reduction in the long hall. A 10-minute ride is all you need, and if you add a friend to it, all the better. We need each other.

2. Make sure you take time off every day. You may find yourself tired from a bit of sleep (which is quite normal) or people trying to keep company or go out all day. Stay alone for a short period of time. Find a quiet place in your home, lift your feet, and scan your body for tense areas. When you detect it - visualize your breath full of light - through a tense area. A sense of relief. Remember: do this every day.

3. Fake it until you make it. Caroline Myss, medical intuitive says, "Most people suffer not because of what others do to them, but because of what they do to themselves." You always have the option of having your mind control your mind - and your level of stress. Use the slogan as "fake until you make it" as a reminder that you can periodically act-as-you-want-and-be a persistent painful thought for the thoughts of the deceased and what you learned from knowing him. The mental switch affects the physical mood.

4. Instead, don't make the mistake of walking away from your pain full time. You will put more pressure on your life. The ups and downs are necessary and natural for sadness. You can take advice to stay busy. Being sad and dealing with pain is a better advice. Then try diverting or resting.

5. Try water or massage therapy. Sunbathing in a hot tub can bring the relief you need for tension and anxiety. Or put the scented soap in the bath and rest in warm water. At the very least, allow your bath to provide some daily release. Also, at the right time try the massage. Massage and touch control natural chemicals in the body that affect mood. You will feel the energy change.

6. Nutrition helps you manage stress. If you don't like to eat, try drinking liquid food. Replace spring water for another cup of coffee. There are three things that will guarantee more stress in your life - lack of food, water, or love. Once you have systematically met these needs, take the energy you will have, and bring it to honor the one you love.

7. Use your breathing as the first line of defense against stress. Regularly throughout the day pay attention to your breathing. This can be done anywhere. Intentionally take a few deep breaths and repeat "Slow" or select any phrase you like that helps you relax.

8. Make a "to do" list every day. List where you are going, what you are responsible for, and include your rest period and one positive thing you will do for yourself. Start a project that will be your ongoing work in progress and list it as part of your "to do" list. This could be a collage, scrapbook, diary, or treasure chest aimed at your loved one or something for your children. Structures will help you reduce stress, but don't become a slave to it. Rearrange during the day if you feel you need to.

9. All of the above have focused on you. This final suggestion is about what you can do for others by taking yourself beyond yourself. Dr. Dean Ornish, the only person who has shown that heart disease can be reversed, said it best: "Love promotes survival. Both nurturing and nurturing are life affirming. What brings you out of yourself promotes healing - measurable - independent of other known factors such as diet and exercise. "

As your sadness wears on, take yourself away from yourself, continue to love and think outside the box. It will nourish your spirit, which in turn requires your body and mind.

In the end, it takes care and discipline to manage stress levels when mourning. You need to create a routine to take care of yourself and make the necessary changes. You can't do it all at once. Be persistent and committed to your goals. Not allowing a failure or two causes you to abandon your stress reduction program. Be a part of your new life forever.


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