Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
Grief and loss can take a terrible toll on the body. We stop eating, we eat too much, we eat empty calories instead of nourishing our bodies. We can’t sleep, we don’t want to get out of bed, all we do is sleep. We can’t bear to leave the house, much less go to the gym, take the dog for a walk or go for a run.
Learn to deal with the physical impact of grief and begin to heal your body after a devastating loss. We share ideas on how to move, nourish and rejuvenate your body even on your hardest days.
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I started practicing yoga consistently about a year before my son, Sam, died. I had tried yoga in the past but as a form of exercise and a way to stretch. In the months preceding and following Sam’s death, yoga became something else entirely. It gave me permission to spend time focusing on simple things […]
Body is something you need in order to stay on this planet and you only get one. And no matter which one you get, it will not be satisfactory. It will not be beautiful enough, it will be not be fast enough …
Be gentle. Be kind. Be honest. Be true. Be real. Be you. Natalie Terry
Jan Haag teaches journalism and creative writing at Sacramento City College where she is the chair of the journalism department and advises student publications. She is the author of Companion Spirit, a collection of poems about her husband’s death at the age of 48, published by Amherst Writers & Artists Press. She leads writing groups in Sacramento where the topic of grief and loss often arises.
Just about seven years ago, as I was ending a bad marriage, helping my teenage girls find their way, trying to heal me and us and, simultaneously, dreading all the work I needed to do as a woman, a mom, a daughter, a partner and a professional, I fell into a writing group.