During times of stress or loss, we can be at increased risk for injuries and setbacks. One goal of Body Aware Grieving is to avoid creating new problems while we learn to recover from any current difficulties.
There are many ways problems can become multiplied when we are upset. During strong emotions, it is harder to think clearly and move with care which can lead to avoidable accidents, especially while driving. Stress can also weaken our immune system which leaves us more prone to becoming sick. Upsetting times also tend to increase challenges with various forms of addiction like drug, alcohol, or eating disorders. It is not our intention to judge anyone’s behavior or choices, we only care about increasing our ability to sustain and improve health.
There are many circumstances when we need to take especially good care of ourselves. After experiencing trauma, hearing bad news, the first days, weeks, or months following a death of a loved one, romantic break up other major life changes. Other problems can be more chronic and long-term like a financial struggle, caregiving for a friend or family member, dealing with poor health, depression, or struggling with physical changes due to aging.
The following Injury Reduction Techniques are intended for any situation when physical and/or mental function is impaired. Please see which ones most suit your current needs and situation. Feel free to ask any questions or make comments in the section below!
Ways to evaluate one’s current situation and begin to organize effective care.
Body Aware Grieving Basic Self-Care Questions
System for evaluating one’s current level of physical, mental and emotional function.
Learn to reduce frustrations by adding a moment of pleasure to accepting what one can not change.
Choosing to separate important parts of the day with short, refreshing breaks.
Creating balance with the difficult times in life by savoring enjoyable ones.
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Margo Rose has been a fitness trainer for over 15 years and specializes in practical ways to manage loss, stress, or disappointment. Margo Rose’s book, Body Aware Grieving, A Fitness Trainer’s Guide to Caring for Your Health During Sad Times is available on Amazon.