Dealing With Grief
When you lose someone you love, it rocks your world. It’s a terrible experience and it is normal to have confusion.
When you are bereaved, your world is turned upside down; you lose interest in life and doing the simplest things can become an uphill task. There is no doubt that grief is a dark place to be and you will need all the help you can get to deal with it and eventually become balanced again.
These five things you can do to help you cope with and manage your grief:
1. Don’t Hold Back Your Tears
Cry, whenever you feel like it. Tears provide a release and help to clear out the build up of pain and emotional tension that you will have in your grieving period.
2. Take Care of Yourself
Get rest whenever you feel you need it and you need to take care of yourself; eat regularly, exercise, take a break from work and any other tasks that you need to. Do those things that calm you and give you pleasure; take walks, , journal, pray and meditate.
Make the time and commitment to care for yourself
3. Get Support
Talk to people who love and support you about your feelings. Take comfort in those who want to be there for you, especially those you trust and are comfortable with.
Ask for help when you need it, no matter how little or big the request is. Don’t try to do everything on your own, you need help and support.
If you feel you need professional help, don’t hesitate to seek it.
4. Practice Thankfulness
This might seem like a challenge with the situation you’re in but there is always something to be thankful for. In times of grief, the attendant pain and loss have a tendency to overwhelm things and give a perspective that there is nothing else to hope and live for. This is why it is important to be deliberate about being thankful for the blessings that we have.
Consciously recount and express thanksgiving for the little and big blessings in your life. Gratitude has healing and rejuvenating power.
5. Take Things Slow
You’re not on a time-table for when you need to come out of your grief; if you grief as you need to personally, you will come out better for it.
Take your time, do your best, open up to help from others and as you go at your own pace, your healing process will unfold.
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