Why Taking Care of Your Body Is Important When You’re Grieving

water bottleI remember after Mike died, I always had a water bottle with me. I drank more water than I ever had in my life. Looking back on it, I think it was a coping mechanism that I wasn’t even consciously aware of.
Since then I’ve learned that when you’re grieving it not only exhausts you mentally and physically, but it can lead to chronic stress, trouble sleeping, anxiety, loss of appetite, and even general aches and pains. I felt all of it.
In response, I slept as much as possible, exercised daily, and ate healthy. (I wasn’t hungry so I figured if I had to eat I might as well eat healthy.) And I drank a lot of water!!
I always knew hydration was good for you, as it reduces fatigue, improves endurance, and lowers your heart rate. But I didn’t realize how important it was when I was going through a hard time. That’s why I like to put water bottles in all of our bags for a boost!

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