Strange things grief does to your body

Physical symptoms of a pain often misread as just emotional

Stars Insider

15/09/22 | StarsInsider

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Grief is often misinterpreted as solely an emotional pain that lives in our minds, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The powerful experience of grief is a complex, multifaceted, and often uncontrollable reaction our minds and bodies have to a kind of trauma that feels impossible to wrap our heads around, like the loss of a loved one. It targets our mental and emotional state, of course, but the physical aspect is just as intense.

Though physical symptoms aren't guaranteed to come with all experiences of grief, some kinds of grief are so intense that they actually feel more physical than anything else. There are a number of symptoms linked with grief that can all be explained by your body's physiological response to such intense emotional stress.

Intrigued? Click through to see all the varied and unexpected things grief can do to your body.

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