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How to Care for Yourself While Grieving The loss of someone or something important to you is among life’s greatest challenges. The pain is often crushing. You could go through a whole range of sudden, complex emotions, from disbelief to guilt to very deep sadness. The experience can also damage your physical health, making it a struggle to think straight or to even eat or sleep. These reactions are, of course, normal. But though there are no right or wrong ways to grieve, there is an approach that helps make everything easier. Self-care
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Grieving is just one more big reason you have to take care of yourself. This can of experience can easily deplete your physical and emotional energy stores. That’s why you need to look after your physical and emotional needs as you go through this difficult time.
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Acceptance You can try to hold back your grief, but you do that forever. Facing your pain is crucial to healing. If you shun feelings of loss and sadness, you only make yourself grieve longer. Unresolved grief can also bring complications, such as anxiety, depression, drug abuse and illness. Tangible or Creative Expression Your grief becomes easier to process when you express it in some creative or tangible form. Write about it in a journal, for example. If a loved one just died, write a letter saying everything you never had a chance to say; make a photo album that celebrates the person’s life; or be part of a cause or organization that your loved one was passionate about. Physical Health Always remember that the mind and body are connected. When you are physically healthy, you will be able to process your emotions better. Fight stress and fatigue by sleeping, eating and exercising enough. Avoid alcohol and drugs, which tend to numb your or lift your mood superficially. Hobbies and Interests There’s comfort in going back to your old routine, doing all the things you used to do and enjoying them again. The more you connect with other people, the less the pain becomes. However, don’t let anyone, including yourself, force you into feeling this or that. Your grief is an independent process, and no one can dictate when the right time is for moving on or letting go. Don’t be afraid to be judged or embarrassed by whatever feelings you have. Let yourself cry or not cry, be mad, or even laugh or smile at those small moments of joy. Preparation As you try to resolve your grief and pain, prepare for “triggers,” like anniversaries, holidays and other events that can cause memories and feelings to come flooding back. Most importantly, keep in mind that this is totally normal. Again, accept the pain and deal with it, but not without expressing it.