Grief is the first natural response to the loss of a loved one. That loved one could be a spouse, child, parent, friend, relative and even a pet. Grief could be acute or persistent depending upon the severity of loss, the emotional quotient of a person, and the way it affects their lives.
Whatever the nature of grief, it affects both the body and mind and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical issues. When people are grieving, the sorrow leads to a lot of stress and many suffer from loss of appetite and sleep.
This impacts their energy levels, affects the way they can cope with grief and handle funeral matters. Following a healthy diet can help you maintain energy levels and goes a long way in helping you cope with your grief.
Tips For A Healthy Diet Plan
A well-balanced diet that includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins will boost your energy and help combat some waves of sadness and yearning.
- Plan your diet in advance and shop for natural ingredients like leafy vegetables, sprouts, nuts, mood elevating spices etc. This also helps you move away from the grief environment and feel refreshed by interacting with the outer world.
- Cooking your own food has therapeutic value. It is best to cook dishes you enjoy as it helps you focus on preparing food and de-focus from your grief.
- Avoid high fat, feel-good foods and latch on to decaf beverages and fresh fruit juices etc.
While you may not immediately notice the difference, healthy food choices, sufficient sleep and a certain amount of exercise can help you better cope with your grief.
Comment below if you have other ways to make healthy choices while going through the grieving process.