Tips for Coping

Tips for Coping

Get support. Now is the time to turn to others and not try to grieve alone. Lean on family and friends; draw comfort from your faith; join a support group; talk to a mental health professional with experience in grief counselling. Knowing that you are not alone can help to dispel much of your anxiety.

Take care of yourself. Grieving is hard work. It is exhausting. It’s more important than ever to take care of your physical and emotional needs. Eat healthy foods, get enough sleep and exercise. Pamper yourself with your favourite activities such as reading, listening to music, hobbies, etc.

Allow yourself to feel. Grief is something you need to go through. You may avoid for a while but to heal and move on with your life, you need to feel your pain. Avoiding painful emotions only prolongs the process and can pop up as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and various health problems.

Plan ahead for grief “triggers.” The first year is always the hardest when anniversaries, holidays and milestones can reawaken memories and feelings. Have a coping strategy in place ahead of time can soften the emotional impact.

Maintain or create rituals. Rituals provide comfort and a sense of normalcy in a crazy time. Use a journal to write about your loss; write a letter saying the things you need to say; meditate, make a scrapbook or photo album celebrating the person’s life.

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