5 Ways To Overcome Grief

5 Ways to Overcome Grief

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts are my own and no other.  There are no affiliate links included.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

Have you just experienced a major loss – perhaps the death of a loved one or the loss of you home and possessions through a disaster? In such situations, it’s common to feel depressed and empty. Here are just a few ways in which you can pull yourself through this dark stage in your life and overcome grief.

Allow yourself time to feel sad

Don’t feel you have to bottle up your feelings of sadness. It’s important that you find a release for these feelings, otherwise they’ll build up and lead to a potentially destructive outburst when you can no longer keep these feelings contained. Take a break from responsibilities that require you to act positive for other people – book the day off work and get someone to babysit the kids so that you can have a good cry (you’ll feel so much better after). Of course, you don’t want wallow in these feelings of sadness for too long, but you should allow yourself some time.

Take up new challenges

Once you’ve given yourself suitable time to mourn, consider taking up new challenges. Major loss can often take away goals that we were working towards – by taking up new goals you can develop a sense of purpose that can help you to move forward. A lot of people suffering from the grief of a spouse or child find it beneficial to take on an emotional support animal to give them back a sense of responsibility and companionship. You can find good emotional support animal information online. Other goals could include taking on a physical challenge such as doing a run or climbing a mountain, or learning a new skill such as an instrument or a new language. All of this can serve as a healthy distraction.

Stay social

It’s important not to isolate yourself. Loss often results in feelings of loneliness and shutting yourself away will increase these feelings. Make an effort to socialize and share your feelings with other people. If you feel you have no-one to talk to, you can always look into counselling. There are also a number of support groups where you may be able to meet people going through similar feelings of grief, helping you to share your experiences with people that understand them.

Maintain a routine

When we suffer a major loss, it’s easy to lose all sense of structure. Keeping up a routine can stop everything from losing purpose. Whilst dealing with a loss can be a huge change, keeping up a routine will keep a sense of consistency that makes it easier for our brain to cope with the loss.

Get enough sleep

You may find it hard to get a good night’s sleep when all you can think about is the loss in your life. Find ways of helping you to get to sleep at night. A hot bath can be a great way to relax and get your body ready for sleep. You may also want to consider using sleep inducing scents such as lavender and jasmine or consuming sleep-inducing foods and drinks such as walnuts and chamomile tea. Avoid relying on unhealthy sleep-inducers such as alcohol. For those struggling with serious insomnia following loss, there are sleep supplements that you may be able to find at your local pharmacist.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts are my own and no other.  There are no affiliate links included.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

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