Updated: Sep 2
by guest writer Camille Johnson, at bereaver.com
Anytime someone suffers a loss, their body naturally responds with grief. Essentially, grief is the emotional state you go through when you lose someone or something that played a vital role in your life. It can come from the death of a loved one, a divorce or a break-up, declining health for you or a loved one, losing a job, or any other occurrences.
Grief can even come when you experience something new in your life, such as moving to a new city or undergoing another type of significant life change. If you’re currently grieving, there are some practical steps to take for coping and helping yourself heal. Cary Integrative Health has listed a few of them below.
Understanding How Grief Can Affect You
Just as you can experience grief in many different areas of your life, each person has unique experiences while grieving and copes in their own ways. For instance, some people deal with intense sadness, anger, anxiety, confusion, fear, loneliness, numbness, and many other feelings. You may live everyday life preoccupied with thoughts of your lost person or thing, or even live in disbelief and have trouble concentrating.
Even physical sensations are associated with grief, including nausea, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, etc. And it’s common to exhibit various behaviors, such as restlessness, insomnia, irritability, crying spells, and apathy in your daily routine. Most experts categorize grief in five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
All of the above reactions are normal during the grieving process. Still, all people do not experience all of the responses in the same order, and some people will experience some reactions more intensely than others.
Improving Your Home’s Atmosphere
Once you learn about what to expect from grief, consider how you can change your living environment for the better. There are many ways to modify your home to promote healthy coping.
For example, you could add air-purifying house plants and change your air filters to improve indoor air quality. You could take time to declutter and clean each space to reduce stress and help you feel accomplished. And you can make sure your refrigerator has plenty of nutritious foods and filtered water.
Expressing Your Thoughts and Emotions
One common mistake to avoid as you grieve is holding your thoughts and emotions inside. Often, it can be challenging to define what you are going through, which can get challenging to express to others.
However, getting your feelings out to others will help you progress through your grief healthfully. Along with talking to people you trust, look for creative outlets like music, writing, or art.
Keeping a Routine
It can be challenging to maintain structure while you grieve, but having a routine you can rely on will help you think about what is in front of you and prevent you from getting behind on life responsibilities. As soon as possible, try to reestablish your routine and develop a simple schedule that allows you to complete your daily tasks.
Getting Professional Help
Grief is not something to navigate on your own. Make sure you connect to mental health professionals who can help you develop healthy coping techniques.
And look to integrative health services from providers like Cary Integrative Health. Our practitioners assist with care, experience, and professionalism in various fields, including mental health counseling, massage therapy, functional medicine, and more.
Grief can occur in many different areas of life and come in various forms. Take time to learn how grief impacts your health, wellbeing, and energy, and take practical steps like those above to cope healthily. There may be no shortcuts through your suffering, but intentionally setting healthy goals can help you find joy and hope again.
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