How to cope: Dealing with loss
Everyone has to deal with loss at some point in their life; whether it be loss of a family member, friend, or beloved pet, loss is something that is difficult to deal with no matter how old you are or what the circumstances may be. It may feel like you need to stay strong all of the time, but you don’t. Here are some tips that can help you get through the grieving process in this difficult time.
It’s alright to cry.
You don’t always have to be so strong. Not for yourself and not for anyone else. Crying helps you relieve the emotions that have been built up. It allows you to feel everything you have been holding inside, and usually it you feel better after. So whether you’re by yourself or with others, let your emotions out.
One of the best things you can do in this time is talk. Talk about the good things, talk about the bad things. Things you remember, things you miss, things you’re feeling. Just talk. Let it all out. It is incredibly unhealthy to keep things bottled up, especially while going through a difficult time in your life.
Keep up with your health.
Don’t forget to eat, drink, and sleep. These are some of the easiest things to do when you’re struggling, yet they’re the most important. You need to keep up with maintaining your body’s health even when you’re not feeling up to it, so whether you feel hunger, thirst, or tired, keeping fueling your body with what it needs. You will feel so much better when your body is happy.
Stay above the influence.
When you’re at your lowest point is when you’re most susceptible to give in to negative influences. It’s incredibly important to stay above those influences, especially when you are so down, because it is that much easier to get hooked on bad things when you’re in this negative state.
Follow your schedule.
Even in hard times it’s important to keep up with whatever schedule you had been following in days past. It will give you time to put those negative feelings behind you while you are engrossed in whatever you usually do. Distractions are healthy, they help you move on and stay positive.
Lick your wounds.
It’s okay to allow yourself time to heal; it could be a few days, months, or even years. Keep in mind that you won’t forget those you have lost and they will always be a part of you, even after you’ve moved on.
It’s hard surviving the loss of loved ones, but if you stay strong and keep yourself moving you will feel better soon enough. Find the coping methods that suit you best and keep at them. You’ll feel better in no time.
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