Self-Care Challenge (Day 255): Remembering

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Yesterday morning I spent some time remembering the tragic events that happened 15 years ago. As most people probably do, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing the moment I heard the news.

My heart goes out to the families that have suffered irreparable losses. I know there is nothing that can be said or done to soothe the pain and void that must certainly still linger. It’s important to remember those loved ones we have lost; it keeps them alive in our hearts.

But I’ve also learned that dwelling on these kinds of experiences does nothing to support our health. Grief, while a necessary part of the healing process, isn’t beneficial to experience over an over again. Re-experiencing traumatic events–sometimes referred to as rumination–can actually cause health problems as a result of prolonged anxiety and emotional stress.

Even so, taking a moment to remember is an act of self-care. It helps remind us to be thankful for the good things in life, and encourages us to make the most of each day we have.

 

Stacy Fisher-Gunn
Stacy Fisher-Gunn

I'm a Self-Care Coach, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Author, and Founder of Living Upp. This community is a reflection of my desire to create an inspiring gathering place for people who want to explore self-care and live up to their fullest potential.

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