Are you trying to cope with loss? Do you wonder if it’s possible for you to cope at all, or if your life is ruined?
Although you’re probably getting tired of hearing this, you’re not alone. You’re really not. I’ve recently suffered from loss myself and I know how devastating it can be.
You’re feeling like the sadness will never go away, aren’t you? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the grief, just know that there are many others out there who are going through the same thing.
The fact that you’re reading this guide on how to cope with loss is proof that there is hope for you. You’ve taken a positive step. I did similar research when I first decided to look for guidance.
Here are the steps you need to take
in order to cope with loss in a healthy way:
1. Whatever you do, don’t try to ignore the pain. Don’t try to numb it with the use of drugs or alcohol. You have to be brave. Trying to suppress your pain will only make it worse in the long run. The loved one you lost wouldn’t want you to resort to drugs or alcohol. The best thing you can do is face your grief and ACTIVELY deal with it.
2. Accept that you are not alone and that there are others out there who will help you. You are NEVER alone. There are support groups. There are hotlines you can call. Look for a grief support group in your area. You will meet others who have experienced a similar loss. You may want to consider contacting a Hospice Care organization, since many of them offer grief support.
3. Don’t be afraid to express your feelings in a creative way. Make a scrapbook of your loved one. Write about your feelings in a journal. Write poems. Create a blog chronicling everything that you’re going through. Get involved in an organization or cause that was important to him or her.
4. While you’re expressing your feelings and talking to others, don’t neglect your physical health. The body and mind are connected. When you are suffering from anxiety or depression, your body will go through a lot of fatigue. Even though you probably don’t feel like eating or exercising, you must force yourself to do so. In fact, many people find exercise to be very therapeutic during a time of loss.
5. Speaking of therapeutic activities, you should participate in some sort of therapy as often as possible. Meditation and yoga are great therapeutic activities. Light some incense and listen to relaxing music. You might want to give aromatherapy a try. There are some antidepressant qualities found in essential oils such as clary sage, rose, angelica, clove, and chamomile.
6. There are going to be “grief triggers” in the future. You need to prepare for them. Even if you start to cope with loss now, you will still experience overwhelming grief at times in the future. Some examples of grief triggers include his or her birthday, holidays, anniversaries, and so forth. Sometimes you will experience sadness just by looking at something that reminds you of your loved one. Just know that it’s okay to feel sad. You WILL experience these triggers, as does everyone who goes through what you are going.
7. Learn to accept that life is going to be different now. Moving forward doesn’t mean you have to forget about him or her. It simply means that the world is still moving, and that you’re moving with it. Even if it feels as if you can’t move forward, you will eventually have to, little by little.
These steps are what I went through. This is how I, along with many others, have dealt with loss. Once again, the most important that is for you to realize that you’re NOT alone in your grief.
Sometimes you may experience anxiety or panic attacks. Know that this is normal as well. However, you need to learn how to overcome the anxiety.
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