Trauma and the Physical Effects of Grief

Guilt, Shame, Self-Blame

An article from Harvard Health Letter titled “Grief can hurt — in more ways than one” describes how stress and grief contribute to physical health issues and exacerbate preexisting ones. The article also offers ways to mitigate these effects like staying in touch with loved ones and exercising.

We tend to think of grieving as an emotional experience, and it is — fraught with intense sadness, profound loss, and psychological pain. But grief has a physical side that sets us up for a number of health risks. “Most of these side effects are the result of emotional distress responses,” explains Dr. Maureen Malin, a geriatric psychiatrist with Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital.

It may seem impossible to think about maintaining good health when it’s difficult to simply get through each day. But Dr. Malin says it’s okay to just go through the motions at first (“fake it till you make it”).

Read the article here.

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Jillian Bietz

Jillian Bietz is a writer and editor who enjoys doing in-depth research and exploring a wide-range of topics including all facets of mental health and wellness. She is the editor for My Voice Can Speak.

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