Managing grief after a loved one has died can be difficult, but there are plenty of healthy coping mechanisms you can use to help navigate through your grieving process.
Over a series of blogs titled ‘How to cope with Grief’, we will be exploring a range of helpful ways you can process your own experience of grief and look after yourself during this period.
In this blog, we will explore the benefits of fitness and exercise for mental health and the grieving process.
Fitness promotes physical and mental well-being
Research has demonstrated that consistent physical activity and exercise can have beneficial effects on both the psychological and physical aspects of grieving.
According to the NHS, regular physical activity reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 40%, and all-cause mortality by 30%. But what has this got to do with coping with grief?
Well, when grieving, symptoms of depression and anxiety are common emotional responses. Poor mental well-being can lower the immune system and result in stress responses in the body such as frequent illness or drastic changes in weight.
When you exercise, more oxygen is released into your bloodstream, which can help to maintain a normal and healthy brain function, reduce feelings of fatigue, and boost energy levels.
A healthy body and brain will equip you with the right tools to better manage and process your emotions and keep a level head through what can be a very overwhelming time.