Grief is an emotional suffering, when you lose a near and dear one. Grief can be rooted due to subtle losses like loss of health, miscarriage, divorce, loss of employment, death of pet, loss of friendship, and more.
Symptoms of grief
- Shock & disbelief – Hard to expect and have trouble in believing that the loss actually happened.
- Sadness – Feeling of yearning, despair, loneliness, and emptiness.
- Guilt – Feel guilty about having said something inappropriate in the past or not taking care properly of the deceased loved one.
- Anger – It is natural to feel angry with yourself or blame yourself for the loss.
- Fear – You start feeling insecure, helpless, and anxious about facing life alone.
- Physical symptoms – grief involves nausea, fatigue, weight loss/gain, vulnerable immunity, pains, and insomnia.
Grief management tips
Sorrow can make you withdraw from the crowd and you start enjoying your own company. Thus, grief management activities need to be established to gain balance in life and move forward smoothly.
Communicate with family & friends
Sharing your loss lessens the burden of grief. This does not meet that you need to discuss the loss every time you communicate with family or friends. The aim is not to detach oneself.
If spiritual activities mean something to you, then embrace them. Going to church, praying at home or meditating can offer consolation. If your faith gets affected due to the loss, then it is better to talk to the padre or clergy man.
Let resistance go
The situation will not change, but you can control your resistance with the past and create awareness of current state. You could resort to books about grief to help you cope with the situation.
Mental and physical relaxation techniques will help to balance the depression due to grief.
A thought determines how a person feels and does, so a change towards positive and rational thinking needs to be embraced. Evaluate the real situation and evade the irrational negative thoughts.
Stress and grief would have damaged your sleep quality. So, make sure that you follow a strict sleep routine. Go to bed on time daily, even on weekends. Never carry electronics in your bedroom or watch news.
Soft music is can help a lot. Close the blinds to avoid distractions. A warm glass of milk and shower before bed helps to relax and your body gets prepared to go to sleep. Training your body to recognize that bed is for sleeping will take some time but go easy.
Due to loss of a loved one, your interest in food is lost but eating healthy throughout life is necessary to keep many health issues at bay. Eat balanced food and avoid drinking intoxicating beverages as much as possible.