Recently I read an article that outlines the impact of stress on a body. General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS), is very real and more common than we realize. I immediately noticed the similarity to grief responses. No doubt, grief and loss will create stress on individuals.
ALARM REACTION STAGE: The heart rate and blood pressure will increase; there is a sense of "fight or flight", facing the stress point or trying to escape. There may even be a sudden burst... of energy and adrenalin.
This can be evident by the loss of concentration or focus. The slightest things may produce sudden bursts of anger or frustrations.
This stage can be evident with the constant loss of energy, excessive tiredness, feeling unable to cope, and even depression.
Grief may cause stress on us physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
We may grieve changes in our life situations and normal environments. Change is hard because it shakes our "familiar" status and forces us to adjust. That is stressful on anyone.
If you can relate to these symptoms...do not despair....there is hope. Putting words to these feelings will help organize them so they can be expressed. When grief is expressed, it becomes MOURNING, a very healthy step in the grief journey.
Find a safe person to talk with about your feelings, or write them in a journal. Getting the feelings out through words or actions will lower the stress being held inside.
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Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
"JESUS: The CRUCIFIED CAREGIVER"