Four Ways Grief Impacts Our Health

Grief can consume us with sorrow and sadness, impacting on both our mental and physical health in many ways. Symptoms such as, depression, are widely acknowledged but there are many other ways in which grief can impact our body. If you are going through grief it is important to know that experiencing these physical effects is normal.

Insomnia & fatigue Studies report that some of the most commonly reported complaints in those who have recently lost a spouse are problems sleeping and fatigue.

Loss of appetite The gut - brain connection is very powerful. For example, most of us have experienced butterflies in our stomach when feeling nervous. Therefore, it's not surprising that those experiencing grief often report digestive symptoms.

Cardiac health We know that grief is felt in the heart and research has found that grief can actually result in physical changes to the heart, which may result in chest pain and other cardiac symptoms.

Lowered immune function You may have noticed that those going through periods of intense stress or grief can often catch colds or the flu. Researchers have found that individuals who have recently lost a loved one actually have lower levels of white blood cells. This is thought to be due to changes in the balance of stress hormones such as cortisol.

Grief is normal and it allows us to release, let go and grow as individuals. It's vital to be supported and helped through the process. Our grief and growth formula is specially formulated to provide you with both comfort and build strength whilst you experience grief. The formula contains herbs, such as Passionflower, Lemon Balm and Self Heal, to support the heart, the nervous system and promote healing.

If you would like more personalised support you can book an appointment with us online at or by calling us on 08 9336 6880​. We also offer phone or online appointments if you're not able to come into the clinic.


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