Guest blogger Camille Johnson of The Bereaver shares a few steps to help you stay healthy, physically and mentally when grieving.
Small Steps You Can Take Toward Healthful Healing
It can be hard to know how to move forward when you’re suffering from grief. There is no one way you should cope with death and loss. Everyone has different means of dealing with their emotions and processing them in a healthy manner. The following tips from Beauty At All Ages can help you feel better while offering comfort in a difficult time.
Start a Journal
Keeping a journal can be therapeutic in times of grief. It can become an outlet for your feelings, good or bad. Journaling is also helpful when you are trying to process your emotions and thoughts about what happened.
Get Enough Sleep
Everyone needs their rest, but this is especially true if you’re not getting enough sleep. Make sure to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. If you typically get less than that, it may be time to make a change. Consider avoiding caffeine after lunchtime and sticking to a bedtime routine.
Put Your Phone Down
While we all rely on our phones and computers for countless things, too much screen time can interfere with sleep patterns and cause anxiety. Also, it might be causing nighttime restlessness. It’s best to shut down everything an hour before you plan to go to bed.
While grief can cause cravings for sweets and carbohydrates, it’s best to eat healthily. Prioritize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Check out Pinterest or other food blogs for meal inspiration.
Keep a Fitness Routine
While it can be challenging to maintain your usual fitness routine, keeping up with your activity of choice can help you feel better. Take a walk, swim laps, go for a bike ride or practice yoga. It’s also an excellent way to manage emotions, stay active, and keep up your strength.
Spend Time With Loved Ones
Spending time with loved ones can be a great way to get out of your head and feel better. Plan some activities for the entire family, or just let yourself be with the people you care about most. You’ll be surprised by how much it can relieve stress and improve your mood.
Make Your Bedroom More Pleasant
Your bedroom should be a place where you feel comfortable when it’s time to rest. Make sure your room is set up with things that make you happy, like lots of throw pillows or anything else that helps you feel at ease. Consider lighting a scented candle or adding flowers to your room.
While it’s difficult to meditate when dealing with grief, sitting quietly for just a few minutes can be very therapeutic. Losing someone you loved can feel like a never-ending nightmare, and meditation may help you feel more grounded. Give it a try and see how you feel.
Make Time For Yourself
Many people throw themselves into their jobs after suffering a loss, but it’s essential to make sure you’re not overworking yourself. Take time for yourself daily, even if that means taking a bath, reading your favorite book, or watching your favorite movie.
Grieving is a Process
It’s vital to stay healthy following a loss. Take time for self-care and maintain your wellbeing through nourishing foods, sleep, and exercise. For more wellness tips, visit Beauty At All Ages.