Everyone experiences grief at some point during his or her life and people deal with it in different ways. Some people can grieve for a reasonable amount of time and then gradually move on with their life. However, many people don’t get over things as easily as others and for them it can be difficult moving on. Rather than deal with the grief some choose to ignore the problem and look for ways around dealing with the pain instead of facing it head on. However, this is unhealthy. People need to express their feelings and work through the grieving process so they can return to their normal life.
Don’t be Too Hard on Yourself
Step 1: Give yourself time to grieve. Take some time off work, spend some time alone if needed or have a good cry while you think about the situation. This is a healthy way to deal with whatever has happened.
Step 2: Pamper yourself by doing something special for yourself. For example, go shopping, fishing or whatever makes you smile.
Step 3: Get back to your normal routine after giving yourself a reasonable amount of time to grieve and be alone.
Take Care of Yourself
Step 1: Eat three or four times a day or snack often if you’re not able to eat meals immediately after the incident occurs.
Step 2: Get plenty of rest because your body is going through a lot during this time and it needs proper rest and nourishment to heal.
Step 3: Continue with any exercise routine you have in place as soon as possible to help get organization back into your life.
Educate Yourself on the Grieving Process
Step 1: Learn as much as you can about grieving to find out which feelings are normal so you can compare what you are feeling to what is expected.
Step 2: Find out what signs to look for that may indicate you need help dealing with your grief.
Step 3: Learn how drugs (prescription or otherwise) and alcohol can interfere with the grieving process and how using them can make the situation worse in many cases.
Turn to Family and Friends for Support
Step 1: Talk about how you feel with other people. Don’t keep things bundled up inside or it will begin to eat away at you.
Step 2: Allow your family and close friends to support you during this time of need.
Step 3: Look for support groups if you don’t have family members you can turn to for help with your particular problem.
Seek Professional Help When Needed
Step 1: Seek professional help from a psychiatrist if you’re having trouble coping with your grief.
Step 2: Talk to your health care provider if you’re having trouble sleeping or dealing with serious depression. He or she may be able to provide temporary help.
Step 3: Talk to the school counselor if you’re a students in school or college.
Share your feelings with your partner and this can help you work through the grieving process together. Once you learn how to move on and get over the grief, you’ll have more energy, feel better and be able to enjoy life again.
Don’t shut yourself off from the rest of the world. Communicate with others and let them know how you feel. You can get through this!
American Hospice Foundation- Helping Yourself Through Grief
Help Guide.org- Coping with Grief and Loss