Tips for Dealing with Grief
Unfortunately, loss is part of life and we all have to deal with some form of it sometime in our lives. But, that doesn’t mean it makes it any easier to cope with and understand the process of grieving. Whether you are going through the grieving process, or you know of someone else dealing with grief, here are a few tips to deal with the loss:
It’s a Process
When you are trying to cope with your loss, remind yourself that you will be going through phases, and that’s okay. The 5 stages of grief include denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance and there is a big likelihood that you will be experiencing many of these. Allow yourself to go through the stages in order to heal.
Get a Support System
The last thing that you could feel like doing when dealing with grief is socializing and being around others, but this could really help you cope. Even if it’s just one or two people that you know you can reach out to during this process. You could use your support system to talk to, or just have them help with chores and responsibilities that you might have.
Focus on Self-care
While dealing with grief, you can find yourself feeling weak and vulnerable. It’s extra important to practice self-care while you are in mourning. It could be small things like journaling, taking a hot bath, lighting a candle, washing your hair or even just stepping out to get some fresh air.
Stick to Your Pace
We tend to assume that there are certain time constraints when it comes to big events in our lives, but this is not the case. You are allowed to take as much time as you need to work through your grief, so don’t feel like you need to be ‘over it’ at a certain date.
Grief is a complicated process and many people feel overwhelmed and not sure how to approach it or even cope. As a licensed therapist, I’m trained in helping you deal with grief. Don’t be afraid to reach out.