Five Essentials for Coping with Grief

November 24, 2016 12:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Dealing with grief is a process and one that you should never have to go into alone or put off. For most people, avoiding their grief may seem like the least painful option, but in the long run you’ll end up harming yourself even more. Coping with grief is a slow and difficult process, but it’s not one you should ignore. Below are some essentials that I’ve found can help people begin the journey to healing:

  • Give yourself time to grieve: After a traumatic experience or loss, people think throwing themselves back into their regular routine is a good idea, but it can actually cause further damage. Imagine if a professional athlete, after a serious injury, got back in the game the next day; he would only end up reinjuring himself, maybe irreparably. It’s important to take some time after a loss to acknowledge your grief and give yourself time to heal.
  • Talk about it: Talking with someone you trust about your grief will help with the healing process. Not only does it help you to process your grief by explaining it to someone else, but you may also find hope by hearing from others who have gone through similar circumstances. If you don’t feel you have a friend or family member to talk to, reach out to a professional grief counselor in Montana.
  • Do something creative: Many people find that doing something creative is excellent for expressing their grief. Many studies show that focusing on something creative is healing for the mind and spirit. Look for something you enjoy. If you enjoy writing, try journaling about your experiences. If you like to paint, use that as a tool of expression. You don’t have to be a professional artist to use your creativity as a tool for healing.
  • Take care of yourself: I can’t stress enough the importance of taking care of yourself. Although jumping right back into a busy lifestyle is not a good idea, you should make a daily effort to care for yourself. Even daily rituals like showering, eating, exercising and the upkeep of your home may seem difficult, but make an effort to do these things every day. Neglecting your home and your health will only make things worse.
  • Get help: Everyone deals with grief differently, but it’s important to seek professional help when needed. If you feel helpless, depressed or are suffering from physical side effects such as sleeplessness or a loss of appetite, it’s important to seek help from a professional grief counselor in Montana. A professional will be able to help you find ways to effectively process your grief and move forward with the healing process.

Dealing with loss is a personal journey that is different for everyone, but no matter what your process looks like, it’s important to find people you trust to help you along the journey. Dealing with grief is not easy, but it is a necessary process. As a grief counselor in Montana, I’m here to help you along the way. To learn more about coping with grief, please contact Ellen Savage, MS, LCPC, DCC today.

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