Losing someone you love can feel like a very lonely experience. It's common to feel unusually tired, grumpy and generally out of sorts.
While it can be incredibly difficult to do, staying connected with loved ones and taking care of yourself in little ways everyday can really help you through the grieving process.
'Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it.' - Joan Didion
talking to others
Keeping a sense of connection with friends and family can make a huge difference as you go through this difficult time.
Although it may not feel like people necessarily understand how you're feeling it can still help to talk about it. Conversely, if you don't feel like talking simply let people know.
Friends & family will want to help but often won't know how and will look to you for advice. Think of a couple of things you'd like - say a frozen meal, or help running an errand - and give the people that care about you the opportunity to help.
Grief counseling and therapy is also a great way to help the healing process. Some therapists specialize in grief counseling so ask friends, family or your doctor for recommendations.
moving your body
Sometimes when you're grieving it can be difficult to get yourself dressed let alone out of the house. But doing something physical everyday can be incredibly good for your mind, body and spirit. Going for a walk in the fresh air, trying a restorative yoga class or even doing some gentle movement coupled with deep breathing at home is all good.
There are a wide range of healing practices that can help you through this time. Many of them focus on clearing energy in the body and helping bring the mind, body and spirit into balance. Acupuncture, aromatherapy, meditation, massage, reiki, reflexology are just a few of the many ancient techniques that are worth looking into. Ask friends and family for recommendations and if something doesn't work for you try something else until you find a practice that resonates.
DOING THINGS YOU LOVE
Try doing one thing a day you know makes you feel good no matter how small - a walk outside, a bath with a few drops of your favorite essential oil, going for a massage, a nice meal with a friend. Initially it may feel like there's nothing left you enjoy but know that slowly, overtime, this feeling will pass and you will experience happiness again.