Healthy Grieving Tips
I have had a lot of loss in my life over the past few months, and it really hasn’t been easy. Loss isn’t always something we feel comfortable talking about for fear of judgement, and people seeing you when you are vulnerable. Grief is a normal response to loosing someone and it is a process we must go through.
Here are 5 healthy grieving tips that will help you on your journey to feeling like you again:
1. It’s okay to not be okay-
Everyone has suffered from loss, but grief is personal and doesn’t always show up the same every time we experience loss. While grieving, it is normal to experience sadness, anger, guilt, numbness, loneliness, loss of sleep and poor appetite etc. Remember it’s okay to not be okay, and vulnerability is not weakness it makes you human. Below Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross talks about the stages of grief that people will go through.
2. Take Time For Yourself-
Often we try to suppress grief and don’t give into the emotions that come up. Recognize these emotions and do things to help nurture yourself so you can get back to feeling like “you” again! It is very important to regularly check in with how you are feeling, you may have said yes to that party, but maybe what you really need at the time is to curl up at home with a good book or just have a good cry.
3. De-stressing Exercises-
Grief can be stressful, exhausting and depressing. Yoga, Meditation, and Yoga Nidra are all great exercises to help you de-stress, heal and sleep better. When you are well rested and less stressed you will heal faster.
4. See your Naturopathic Doctor-
Stress is hard on your body; it’s great to check in with your Naturopath to see if there are any foods or supplements you can take to support your body in this time of stress. Body and mind are very much connected in the healing process.
5. Talk to a Life Coach-
Often family and friends can be great support, but a coach will provide unbiased input that can help change your perspective and really help you take steps to move forward with all the change in your life.
Things may seem difficult right now, but healing will happen and you will feel better in time. It took a while to get here, but I’m finally feeling like myself again and I have to say that it feels as if I am experiencing some things that were so familiar before for the first time again, and it is truly magical. You can get there, be patient, focus on the above tips, take things day by day, and you will be back to feeling good again!
I wish you the best on your healing journey.
Kirstin Jarosiewicz is a Life Coach and offers appointments at Local Health Integrative Clinic on Mondays and Tuesdays. To learn more about Kirstin or to book your next appointment click here.