Hey Sorting family! Sorry I have not been posting regularly. I was going through a healing process following the passing of some of my family members. Now that I am finally prepared to return to blogging, I decided to write a post about how I have been coping with my loss. Hopefully, some of these things can help you if you are coping with the loss of a loved one.
1. Focusing on hobbies
It can be extremely difficult to cope with the passing of a loved one. You may feel consumed by their death. Thinking of your loss may take every waking moment of your life if you do not find healthy ways to cope. Focusing on activities you enjoy may help you with the bereavement process.
My follow blogger, Kiara over at Kiara’s Corner has a wonderful post that has 50 journaling Ideas to get you started with your own journal. You can read Kiara’s post HERE. Journaling can be a great way to express yourself or process difficult thoughts. It can help you cope with stress and deal with anxiety. I compiled a list of beautiful journals HERE.
3. Trying new things
Although some people cope by doing activities they have always loved in times of uncertainty, other people may cope by trying something outside of their comfort zone. You can try a new recipe, exploring a new area, or try picking up a new activity. Trying something new can really help take your mind off of some of the negative emotions.
4. Do something to honor their memory
If there is something your loved one was passionate about, you can honor their memory by working on a task in the area of their passion. This can allow you to feel closer to them. If your loved one really cared about a certain charity, you can try to do volunteer work with that organization.
5. Remembering that everyone grieves differently
There is a lot of pressure to grieve in the same way that the people around you grieve. Sometimes it is important to remember that we all grieve differently. Having a different way of grieving can be very healthy. There is not a set amount of time you should have to grieve. Do not be afraid to cry if you feel the urge to. You do not have to stuff your feelings down, it is okay to cry. Even though it is okay to cry, know that not everyone does. Grieve in the way that feels natural to you.
6. Starting a new self care routine
This can be a great time to focus on self-care. It may be helpful to add meditation to your daily schedule. You can also try spending time gardening. Having an at home spa day and implementing some of the self-care products I covered in my self-care product article HERE can be therapeutic.
7. Look for support
There are many places you can find support. Spending time with loved ones may be helpful in this time. It is also nice to be around people who also loved the person you lost. If you feel as though the grief is unbearable, it may also be helpful to seek support from a licensed mental health counsellor. There are also grief group therapy sessions and grief support groups.
8. Do not forget to have good health practices
When you lose someone it is very easy to neglect your own health. Having bad health practices may actually lead to you feeling worse. Please make sure you are eating healthy amounts of food, maintaining a healthy schedule, and taking care of your hygiene. I have an article covering some hygiene mistakes you may be making HERE.
9. Rewatch shows or reread books that bring you comfort
It can be very comforting to watch a show or read a book that you already associate with positive emotions. This can be very uplifting when you are feeling down. I like to rewatch “Gossip Girl” on Netflix. It is really calming for me to watch shows where I already know the outcome and what happens to my favorite characters.
I really hope that some of these tips for coping with the loss of a loved one are helpful to you and I hope you experience a healthy healing process.