Dealing with grief and loss after someone close to you passes is perhaps one of the most difficult things one has to endure in life. Studies indicate that bereavement is a catalyst for depression, chronic stress, and reduced life expectancy. With that being said, it’s important that you’re looking after your own needs during this tumultuous period. While that’s easier said than done, here are a few ways to help you deal with the loss of a loved one.
Stay Social, Keep Moving
While we’re not suggesting you throw lavish dinner parties and hit the bar scene on a weekly basis, it is important to keep yourself occupied so that social isolation doesn’t become an issue. In fact, instead of putting yourself in an environment where you’re likely to drink alcohol (that will only make you feel worse), get a group of friends together and exercise, whether that means hitting the gym or walking around your neighborhood. Studies suggest that three days of physical activity per week can be more effective than medication when it comes to relieving depression, so lace up those sneakers and get moving. And if there’s ever been a better time to join a group (self-help or otherwise), volunteer, or start a new activity it’s now.
Create a Place of Peace
While you don’t want to get so cozed up that you never leave the house (we’re talking about social isolation again), you still want to make sure you have a peaceful environment where you can relax versus one of squalor and chaos. Keep your home clutter-free but not void of meaningful personal belongings that bring you joy. Incorporate relaxing spa-like elements such as a white noise machine, aromatherapy, and soothing music. If you’re feeling responsible enough, consider getting a pet to serve as a comfortable distraction—just remember that you’re making a lifelong commitment when you do so. Pets are not a temporary security blanket.
Maintain Your Health
We already talked about the importance of maintaining regular exercise, but your health is about more than moving alone. Depression can greatly affect one’s diet, whether that means making them apt to eat more (and not of quality) or discouraging an appetite altogether. Making cooking a self-care exercise. Take one day out of the week and prepare/freeze meals in advance in anticipation that you may have a rough day or two ahead. Meals are best when shared, so invite friends and loved ones over to eat with you as the company is as consoling as the food itself. Their comforting words for the loss of a loved one may just be what you need to hear.
Book a mediumship reading
Is dealing with loss more than you bargained for? Looking for closure or wish to have unanswered questions resolved? Book a mediumship reading with one of our expert Keen advisors. Take a look at the best questions to ask a medium so that you get the most out of your session.