Coping with GriefPosted in: Grief
Grief comes in many forms, but most commonly, the loss of a loved one. After losing someone so near and dear to you, it is normal to experience a range of emotions, from anything like depression to guilt, anger, and anxiety. It is okay to feel. The most important thing you can do is to express your emotions in a healthy way. Here are some helpful options:
- Write a feelings journal: Processing emotions on paper can be cathartic and provide relief. Feel free to use colors, drawings, scribbles, etc.
- Talk to a close family member or friend: Even though it’s hard to start the conversation, you will find that simply talking about your grief is comforting, especially with the people who love you.
- Write a personalized letter: This can be a way to release any unsaid thoughts or troubles to your loved one. You can also write a letter talking to them as if they were still here. Let yourself write whatever you need to to help you grieve.
- Create an art project in their memory: Art is a beautiful way to express feeling. A painting, wall mural, figurine, or crafted item can be a testament to the person you love, and cement their personality in something real. Let your feelings out in creativity.
- Meditate: Mindfulness is a coping strategy to clear the mind, and to help promote the expression of feeling. There are many free apps to help you start meditation.
You might be tempted to go to alternative sources to help with your grief, like drugs and alcohol, but they are not the answer. Instead of allowing for the healthy expression of feeling, both drugs and alcohols numb pain. The numbness will start to feel comfortable, and feel like the only way to cope. That numbing feeling can be easily addictive, and turn into a dependence on drugs. Be wary of your mental health, and choose the right path to keep yourself healthy.