Health for widowsCategory
Physically, Mentally and Spiritually a widow’s health is at risk because of the grief journey she is on.
Recently there has been a major change in how the Psychiatric Association will treat grief. Below are two recent articles on the issue of whether grief is a mental illness or a normal part of life and death. I’m including the links to the full articles so you can read and make up your own mind … Continue Reading
As widows we don’t have the benefit of growing old with someone to support and care for us. As we age bathing, dressing, shopping, driving, housekeeping etc. may become difficult to do. After the age of sixty-five, we start to feel ourselves aging with all our aches and pains. Those of us that end up … Continue Reading
Stedman was written a book called “Identity” and it’s a great book on taking control of who you are and on how to define your identity and path in life. I strongly recommend his book as it puts the power back into your hands and will help you achieve our goals.
The best way to deal with stress is to “feel” it. Many of us think that if we let ourselves experience our feelings, we will shatter. But in my own life and in my time with other widows I have discovered that none of that is true. Our feelings won’t break us and no matter … Continue Reading
Article by Joyce Marie Sheldon – author and inspirational speaker I know the role of the caregiver – I lived it 24/7. There were times when the well-meaning advice of others was difficult to receive because I was in the midst of an incredible journey. I so very much wanted to do it “right.” It was … Continue Reading
I sometimes wonder if doctors are not a little too quick to medicate for natural grief and I found this article by Gordon Parker, Professor of Psychiaty at University of NSW about the difference between grief and depression. Below is part of his article and a link to the full article: The new Diagnostic and … Continue Reading
If you have chronic insomnia that is happening more than a couple of times a week and is negatively impacting your health you may have to get some help. One of the first steps is to keep a sleep diary: Record the time you go to sleep. The amount of time it takes to fall … Continue Reading
Over the last several years I have read many books on health and one of my favorites is “Older & Wiser” by Richard M. Restak, M.D. Here are a few factors for healthy aging from Richard Restak: Education Curiosity Energy Keeping Busy Regular Physical Activity Acceptance of unavoidable limitations Seeking out diversity and Novelty Keeping … Continue Reading
For some widows, depression starts as a reaction to the loss of their spouse and the feeling of being trapped by grief. Loss is an unavoidable part of this life and it’s an enormous struggle to sort through the grief and heal. One of the most critical facts is that there is a difference between … Continue Reading
Widows are no different than anyone else when it comes to the New Year and wanting to get healthy. In fact they probably want it more then most. We have traveled a hard journey and are now looking to feel better both mentally and physically. I’m going to list some vitamins to help us widows … Continue Reading