How Can You Cope with Grief and Loss?
Dealing with grief and loss is often not a linear journey. People will often have their ups and downs as they go through it. However, trying out some coping mechanisms could help you alleviate your symptoms and help you process your feelings.
A helpful coping mechanism that you could try is mindful meditation. In a study done on bereaved participants, the results showed that there was a significant improvement in their emotion regulation and executive control.
Exercising is a good way to also take care of your mental health during your bereavement period. Studies have shown that exercise can help reduce negative moods, depression, and anxiety.
Exercise can have a generally positive impact on everyone, especially when it comes to mental health. It can help people deal with social withdrawal and improve their self-esteem.
Get enough sleep
As we mentioned earlier, people can often have trouble sleeping when they experience grief. Your body is dealing with huge emotion and physical toll, so it would be wise to try to sleep.
You can try to set a sleeping schedule and try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you find it hard to get a restful sleep at night, you could try to limit or avoid alcohol and caffeine in the evening.
Connect with people
While it may be easy for you to withdraw yourself from the world, you may need the help of other people. If you want to speak about how you feel, do not be afraid to reach out to a friend or family member.
When Should I Seek Professional Help?
People with chronic grief may need to get professional help. Professional help, such as grief counseling, could help a person learn how to better understand and cope with their loss. Seeking professional help would always be ideal if you feel like it is hard to bear with your grief.
However, getting professional help if you have normal grief can also still be very beneficial. It would be very wise to seek professional help if you have suicidal thoughts and/or tendencies, feeling hopeless after your loss, feeling guilt, etc.
Coping with grief and loss is a difficult process that many people have to go through in life. Luckily, there are coping mechanisms that you can try and professional help that you can seek to help you manage your symptoms and process your loss.
Remember, coping with grief and loss does not have to be a solo effort; do not be afraid to seek help.
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