While there’s no right or wrong way to grieve, it’s good to know all the types and stages of grief in order to find a way to cope. Read on to see some tips you can use to power through grief and ensure your wellness.
1. Find Support
The road through grief is not one that you should walk all alone, so seek support from family and friends, and accept any that comes your way. With almost 750,000 hit-and-run accidents in 2015 alone, which made up 11.7% of all the accidents recorded that year, you can be sure that there are many people who have experienced grief to some degree. There will be at least one person or more in your circles who has gone through something similar to what you have, so reach out to them and accept those who reach out to you. Doing this will make it easier for you to get through this dark period.
2. Get Involved in an Activity
At this time, it’s also a good idea to get yourself involved in an activity that will occupy your time and mind positively. If there’s a hobby that you enjoy spending time on, it can help you fill your time productively and get your mind into a more positive space. Immerse yourself in the positive activities that you enjoy and you will end up improving your outlook in life and getting better in a short time.
3. Accept and Express Your Grief
Rather than stay in denial, it’s important to acknowledge your grief and accept it as this is the only way you will be able to move forward. Don’t be afraid to express your grief either, as this is the only way you will be able to move on to a better mental place over time. Cry as much as you need to, and you will soon be able to get by without breaking down. There’s no set length of time to heal from your grief, as is evidenced by the fact that around 12% of pet owners who were surveyed that have lost their pet in the last three years admitted that they were still grieving intensely.
4. Look for Role Models
Many people have been touched by grief, so it’s a good idea to look for role models who can help paint you take heart in your period of grief. Look for people who have suffered a loss like yours and look like they are working through it effectively and in a wholesome way. Follow in their footsteps to improve your own state of mind. If possible, reach out to them and ask them for advice and encouragement so you can learn more ways to effectively move past your grief. When you have someone you can look up to, you will be better able to heal yourself.
5. Celebrate the Life of the Departed
Finally, it’s advisable to celebrate the life of the dearly departed as the aim of healing your grief is not to forget about who you lost. Find a way to memorialize them and keep their memories alive. When you do this, you may feel better and take comfort from the fact that they will live on in your heart and memories forever. With the average adult in the United States spending about 34 minutes each day scrolling through Facebook, you may find it helps you heal to create a page in the memory of the departed. On this page, you can keep their memory alive by sharing pictures and quotes or things that they used to enjoy.
Use these tips to help you move through your grief in a positive way and you will find healing soon enough as better days lie ahead.