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

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Dr. Jennie Byrne, M.D., PhD. With over 15 years of medical expertise, Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience treating mental health conditions in adults, including dementia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression. After practicing in New York City for 12 years, Dr. Byrne relocated to North Carolina in 2008; she currently cares for patients in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Dr. Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then received her doctorate from New York University Department of Neurophysiology. She also has a doctorate of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Byrne went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne has performed extensive research on attention, memory, and depression. As a board-certified adult psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne focuses on the needs of each patient to pro

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