6 Ways To Allow Yourself To Grieve

Loss is part of the human experience, and grief is a nature part of 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:

  1. Be accepting of your emotions. It is normal to have mixed emotions during grief and sometimes they may surprise you.
  2. Be kind to yourself. Don’t expect yourself to be 100% for at least 6 months after suffering a loss.
  3. 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.
  4. Take care of your physical body – focus on drinking water, eating, sleeping, exercising.
  5. Try something creative – writing, art, music. Grief can be difficult to put into words and sometimes a creative outlet helps.
  6. 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

Dr. Jennie Byrne, M.D., PhD.

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