Causes: Grief is usually caused by the death of someone close to you, or losing someone you love due to divorce or a broken relationship.
Effect: Grief typically has four stages; Denial, Anger, Despair and Acceptance. In the Denial Stage, people usually feel numb with shock. The loss may not seem real to them. In the Anger Stage they are furious and resentful that the person they love has been snatched away. This is followed by Despair, when the person may feel acutely depressed and hopeless. Eventually they reach the stage of Acceptance, when they start to enjoy life again and adapt to living without the person. It may take some people many years to reach the stage of acceptance.
Grief also causes many physical symptoms. Nightmares, loss of appetite, sleep problems, breathlessness, uncontrollable crying, palpitations, anxiety attacks and fatigue are all common symptoms people have when they are grieving.
Solutions: Give yourself time to get over the loss, at your own pace.
You may find that talking helps a great deal.
Avoid using drugs or alcohol to numb the pain.
Take gentle exercise and eat a nutritious diet.
Enlist the company and support of friends and family.
Recall happy memories.
Keep a diary.