When you’re repressing your emotions, a lot of energy is going into keeping those feelings down in your subconscious. You get more tired the longer this drags on, as you never really get a break when your grief is frozen and repressed. This fatigue can be worsened by sleep issues, which may occur when you’re struggling with grief, leading to a lot of exhaustion piling on top of each other.
You’ve probably already noticed that you have a shorter temper and lower emotional resilience when you’re tired. So it tracks that this fatigue will cause you to be sad and irritated while decreasing positive thinking.
· False Memories
The last thing you need when you’re dealing with frozen grief are more bad memories – and that may happen when you’re repressing your emotions. Research has shown that emotional repression may lead to the development of false or fake memories, which may exacerbate your grief or lead to further repression. When your memories don’t seem to be shared by anyone else, that can make you irritated at those people, or it can make you sad because you wonder if the subject of your grief is being forgotten.
Final Thoughts On Some Ways Frozen Grief Can Make You Sad And Irritated
Everyone experiences and processes grief differently, and there is no rush to overcome grief as quickly as possible. It would be best to see whose grief passes the fastest if you weren’t “competing” with other people. Grief is not a race, and it is okay if you need to take longer than average or use unorthodox (healthy) methods to overcome it.
But there is no denying that once grief becomes frozen, it is a problem. While it can take a while to process grief, it should not reach a point where that grief becomes stuck, unable to change, or give you space to progress. This is counterproductive and will keep you in your grief for a long time. Thus, it may cause many different health problems from a physical and mental standpoint.
If you are experiencing frozen grief, you should seriously consider its effects on your life. Long-term experiences of chronic grief can become a permanent part of your life if you never get to address it. If you need help dealing with frozen grief, therapy is a standard course of action to treat it. Don’t feel ashamed if you need to seek help; everyone needs aid sometimes!