Tips For Grief

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Overcoming grief takes time.

When you are faced with tragedy, the inevitable grief period that follows can be emotionally draining. Any number of events in life may lead to experiencing grief, such as going through a breakup, losing a job, seeing a longtime friendship come to an end or the death of a loved one. With such a variety of grief-triggering events with which to contend, learning how to handle the process is vital for your health and happiness.

  1. Get Support

    • Don't feel as if you must go through the grieving process alone; isolating yourself from others will not help you recover any faster, and may actually hinder your progress instead. Discuss your feelings with close friends of family members and ask them to help you get through the tough times. Schedule regular appointments with a grief counselor or therapist. Join a support group focused specifically on assisting those going through grief. If you have a religious belief, allow yourself to draw comfort from it.

    Stay Busy

    • Your grief only worsens if you allow yourself to remain idle. Busy yourself with activities and hobbies that keep your mind off your troubles. If your old hobbies aren't appealing to you, find new ones or throw yourself into learning something that always has interested you. You may not have much desire to keep yourself occupied at first, but in time you will discover the benefits. Staying active helps you feel useful and reminds you that life after tragedy is worth living.

    Don't Force It

    • Grieving is a natural process that everyone goes through in their own way, and no set time frame exists or getting past it. Don't heap recovery expectations on yourself. When you are truly ready to move on, it will happen on its own. Accept that your feelings of grief are normal and that gradual progress is better than immediate progress. If your grief goes away suddenly, that's a sign of denial, and your feelings are likely to return even stronger.

    Physical Health

    • Do not underestimate the importance of taking care of yourself physically during times of grief. Although the feelings of grief are primarily emotional, they often have a way of impairing your body as well as mind. An effective way of conquering grief is to ensure your physical health is intact. Get appropriate amounts of sleep every night, exercise regularly and follow proper nutrition guidelines. Never resort to alcohol or drugs to help you cope with grief. The connection between mind and body is strong, and the better you are physically, the less likely you are to experience emotional setbacks in your recovery.

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