5 Tips For Working Through Grief (And Caring For Yourself)

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Grief is something that practically everyone experiences at some time in their life. It’s a profound sense of unrecoverable loss – particularly when a person you love dies. 


Unfortunately, we don’t receive much instruction on how to process these feelings. When they occur, they hit like a ton of bricks. 


In this post, we take a look at some of the ways you can work through grief and take care of yourself at the same time. Check them out below. 


Accept Your Grief


Accepting grief can feel like a challenge. But if you want to progress through it, you have to allow yourself to feel the emotion. Once you experience the feelings, you are on the track to heal. 


Find Somebody You Know Who Can Be A Role Model


Grief, just like any other experience in life, isn’t something that you have to do alone. You can look at various role models and consider how they dealt with it. Role models often have specific strategies that you can borrow to make the process more productive. Nobody is saying that you need to avoid grief entirely. However, when you have the right model to follow, you can navigate uncharted waters better. Many people, for instance, talk to other grieving people or join support groups to discuss their experiences. 


Remember That Tomorrow Is Another Day

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During the midst of grief, we sometimes imagine that the pain will never leave us. We tell ourselves that we will always feel the way that we do now. 


However, as anyone who has been through grief and come out the other side will tell you, all things pass. Even if the emotions feel overwhelming right now, they will begin to naturally subside and regular life will continue. 


Allow Yourself To Have Some Fun


After funerals and burials, it’s good to remind yourself about why life is worth celebrating. Don’t deny yourself fun because you feel guilty. Instead, use it as a way to enjoy the memory of your loved one and continue with your life. 


Ask yourself honestly what your loved one would have wanted. Would they want you to avoid all fun for the rest of your life in honor of their memory? Of course not. They would want you to move on with your life and get things done. 


Be Methodical


The grieving process is a little bit like the loving process: it can be exhausting. Going through a period of mental distress can cause all sorts of knock-on effects that tire (and even harm) your body. 


When you are grieving, try to take a step back from your regular work and chores. Allow other people to take up the slack temporarily while you focus on your recovery. Pace yourself and rest regularly. Be kind to yourself and focus on exercise, diet and sleep quality. Put yourself in the best position physically to cope with the ordeal.


In summary, dealing with grief is a challenge, but something that we all must endure. Always remember that no matter how bad it gets, the suffering will eventually pass, and you will be able to move on with your life. 

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