It is a common perception that grief is an internal state that can be characterized by sadness and feelings of guilt. However, grief can be a very physical manifestation as well. There are twelve systems in the human body, and because they are all interconnected, grief can affect a number of these systems. Common physical symptoms of grief can affect the cardiovascular system and breathing. It can also cause GI issues, such as nausea or diarrhea. Other symptoms include loss of concentration and even general aches and pains. Ways to alleviate these symptoms include getting a good night’s sleep and maintaining a good diet. It is also important to recognize when help is needed, so therapy or a general doctor’s visit is always a good option.
- You are most likely to experience a physical problem four to six months after a loss.
- Losing a loved one puts stress on your cardiovascular system, putting you at a greater risk for a heart attack.
- If your gastrointestinal system tends to react strongly to stress, you could experience nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or a loss of appetite.
“Grief can cause us to be more susceptible to colds, flu, and other infections. We tend to feel run down and do not have the ability to fight off illness.”