Helping Yourself Heal
The loss of a parent, of a child, of a friend, of a partner, or of a family member, are all losses that can invoke feelings of grief. Helping yourself heal from grief and loss will be very important, impacting how you come out the other side of the process.
Learning how to cope, open up, rely on others, and accept will be the end goal. In your own time and in your way, healing will follow.
Understand the Reality of Grief
The reality of grief is unpredictable and your way of dealing with it will differ from the next person. This will help to reduce the pressure that usually follows the grieving process.
Talk About Your Feelings of Grief
Your feelings matter. It may be helpful if you openly talk about your grief when the time’s right, as this will help digest and accept the situation.
Prepare For Different Emotions
The grieving process can bring up many different emotions. Preparing yourself, as best you can, is essential. You’re going to feel angry, hopeless, frustrated, sad, regretful, perhaps, out of control. By preparing some coping strategies, you’ll be ready to work through your emotions.
Listen to Your Body and Mind
Both grief and loss can be an exhausting experience. This is the time to think about your health and wellbeing. Listen to your body and mind, if you need to cry, for example, then do so, but remember when you’re hungry to eat. Being able to notice your behaviours will help you heal in the long term.
Both personal and professional support will be waiting for you throughout the grieving process. When you feel ready, accepting support will be helpful. Whether that’s a listening ear or a counselling session, processing your emotions and opening up will become easier as the process develops. It is crucial to be in touch with your feelings, which will be possible through professional support.
Find a Coping Strategy
Coping strategies will be essential to get through the initial stages of grief and loss. Helping yourself heal will be by finding a healthy and proactive ways of coping, whether that’s exercise, meditation, self-care, self-development or helping others. A positive distraction will benefit you day-to-day.
Treasure Your Memories and Love
It’s important to remember those you’ve lost. This is also the case when it comes to different types of loss, such as a breakup. Although hurt and sadness may be attached, it’s important to treasure the memories and love that have occurred for your mental health. Remembering is extremely helpful through bereavement, primarily through the later stages of grief.
Allow Yourself to Accept and to Move on
The time will come where you begin to accept your loss. You must allow yourself to move on. You’ll never forget and/or honour. Yet to heal from grief and loss will mean to rebuild. Remember, taking care of yourself as you grieve is the number one priority.
At Kenna and Turner we are here to support you and those around you.