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How to Help Yourself in Times of Grief

The feeling after losing someone we love can be overwhelming, debilitating, and confusing, especially during the early phases of grief. Tasks that are simple at first sight, might be difficult to endure. Your energy may seem to be drained out and even life may appear to have stopped altogether.

What is there left to do? Well, taking care of yourself should be the first step you should take during this emotional journey. Here, we’ll share a few tips that could help you cope with your loss.

  1. Don’t run away from grief: Not acknowledging your emotions or pretending that they do not exist won’t make it hurt less. The experience of pain and sorrow is necessary for you to move past it and heal. 
  2. Allow yourself to grieve: It looks easy to stop manifesting or expressing your overwhelming emotions just because you are tired of doing so. However, not letting your feelings out periodically may cause them to accumulate and burst at the least expected or most inconvenient moment. Emotions are part of the process and should not be repressed. 
  3. Lean on friends and family: It does not matter how strong you think you are. Grieving is not a journey that a person can endure on their own – or, at least they should not – . You can count on the support, help, and understanding of your relatives and closest friends to make the experience easier.

These are the most important things you could do to step firmly onto this complicated journey. In the second part of this post, we will provide you with advice on how and how often you should express yourself.