Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”
― Jamie Anderson
Many of us have experienced some form of grief this year. We have all felt its weight in one way or the other. It could be the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship, or a thing. If you have not experienced grief, you more than likely know someone who has or is currently dealing with it.
Going through a grief and loss process can be incredibly isolating, and there is no timetable for how long it takes to heal from grief. There are, however, some useful strategies that are beneficial in the healing process. Below, I am sharing some practical ways to get you started. If you know someone struggling with grief, these strategies can help you understand how to support them.
If you have watched any of my past videos or read my blogs, you know sleep is one topic I discuss often. When we lose someone or something, one of the central aspects of our self-care that suffers is sleep. We worry constantly ruminating on the loss, and before we know it, our sleep schedule is severely impacted. To manage grief and loss, make sure you are sleeping well – seven to nine hours at least. If you are having trouble falling asleep, talk to your primary care provider. When you sleep well, you can experience full daytime alertness, decrease irritability, and improve mood.
Psychotherapy is another useful strategy for coping with grief and loss. Talking to a Licensed Mental Health Professional will help provide the emotional support you need during your time of loss and beyond. Therapy gives you that unbiased support and gets you on the right path to healing.
SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS & LOVED ONES
Spending quality time with our social ties helps to improve our psychological wellbeing. The emotional support from loved ones increases your sense of belonging and enables you to feel loved and supported.
Reading books about healing, positive affirmations, self-improvement, and empowerment, can help you get through the complicated process of grief and loss. Here is a list of books below to get you started.
I Declare by Joel Osteen https://amzn.to/2WLYDsB
Dangerous Prayers by Craig Groeschel https://amzn.to/3hgLrW8
The Awakened Woman by Dr. Tererai Trent https://amzn.to/3rublue
When Women Pray by TD Jakes https://amzn.to/3pqywDI
I wish you complete healing. Please comment below and let me know if any of these strategies work for you. Best Wishes!