Loss is part of the human experience, and grief is a natural part of the loss. However, in our optimistic, cheerful American culture, sometimes it can feel like grieving is unacceptable. Here are some ways you can allow yourself to grieve:
- Be accepting of your emotions. It is normal to have mixed emotions during grief and sometimes they may surprise you.
- Be kind to yourself. Don’t expect yourself to be 100% for at least 6 months after suffering a loss.
- Surround yourself with supportive people, but make sure you are able to get time alone. Some people need a great deal of time alone to grieve.
- Take care of your physical body – focus on drinking water, eating, sleeping, exercising.
- Try something creative – writing, art, music. Grief can be difficult to put into words and sometimes a creative outlet helps.
- Seek professional help – some counselors specialize in grief therapy. Also if you think your grief is excessive or if you are having any thoughts of suicide make sure to reach out for help.
I hope this information is helpful. If you think you or a loved one is suffering from excessive grief, we are here to help! Please call us at 919-636-5240 for a consultation.
Live mentally healthy,
Dr. Jennie Byrne