Grieving is a difficult period to navigate. Losing a loved one can make it hard to concentrate, get up in the morning, and reach out to other people even when they are willing to help. However, it is important that you take care of yourself in a period of grieving. Here are some goals to have when grieving.
Reach Out to Others Whenever Possible
Grieving can feel like a lonely time. Everyone processes their grief differently. However, it is likely that other people who knew the person who recently passed away are also looking for someone to talk to, even just to reminisce about past memories. If you feel comfortable doing so, it is a good idea to reach out to other people when grieving. If you have no close relatives or friends who knew the deceased, consider reaching out to a grief counselor or someone from a faith-based organization.
Update Your Resume and Look for a New Job
After going through the grieving process, people often realize that it is a good time to make a change within their own lives. Life is short, and those who have recently experienced a death most understand how fragile life is. One way to make the most of your life is to consider a different career path. If it’s been a while since you’ve applied for a new job, you may want to consider updating your resume to ensure it’s engaging, eye-catching, and most importantly, accurate. Fortunately, you can find a free resume builder online that allows you to quickly create the sort of resume that will help you get your foot in the door.
Seek Support and Therapy
Sometimes, talking to trusted friends and family members is not enough to assist someone in the process of grieving or who is going through another mental health issue. In these cases, seeking out professional mental health support is a good idea. Everyone has different needs, but there is no shame in contacting a professional to provide additional support when you are grieving or going through a similar period of difficulty.
Practice Self-Care Every Day
It is imperative to engage in self-care when going through a difficult time in your life. Some ways to practice self-care include:
- Exercising, even if it means doing little things such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Cooking healthy meals to eat each day
- Taking time away to meditate, practice yoga, or reflect on the day
- Enjoying a television show without any distractions, as much as possible
Many people understandably find it difficult to incorporate self-care into their daily routine, especially when it comes to exercise. However, it is usually the little habits that matter the most. For example, if you go to lunch frequently at a place near your office, consider walking there rather than driving, if possible.
Grief is a difficult emotion, and it is important to not be too hard on yourself or follow any kind of timeline regarding your feelings. Grief has no timeline. These tips are some general guidelines to help you deal with grief and get back into healthy habits when self-care might be the last thing on your mind.
Camille created Bereaver.com after she went through the ups and downs of the bereavement process herself following the loss of her parents and husband. With the help of her friend who was also experiencing a loss of her own, she learned how to grieve the healthy way, and she wants to share that with others. There is no one way to grieve, but it is important to do it in a way that supports your physical and mental health throughout.