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Why and How to Practice Self-Care While Grieving

Published: July 25, 2022
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Losing a loved one is, by far, one of the most challenging things we will ever experience. It can not only leave us feeling sad and lost, but it can also make us question who we are without this person or what our life will look like in the future. Although these feelings are all normal, we need to take special measures to ensure we process our grief and heal from it in a healthy way. One way to do this after your loved one’s cremation services in Hallsville, TX is by practicing self-care.

What is Self-Care?

You have probably heard the term “self-care” a lot lately as it has become a trendy buzzword. While you may think of self-care as being a day at the spa, it goes much deeper than that. Self-care is about making sure your mental and physical wellness is addressed and cared for.

This can be difficult enough in just our normal everyday busy lives, but if you are suffering the loss of a loved one, this idea can just seem impossible. However, now is the time you need it the most.

By taking care of yourself physically and mentally, you will not only improve your cognitive health (which helps you think more clearly), you can help your brain create more feel-good hormones. While you may not actually feel joy, these hormones can help balance your emotional state.

How to Practice Self-Care

Luckily, practicing self-care isn’t difficult and doesn’t have to be over complicated. It does, however, make a conscious effort to ensure it gets done. If you need help, enlist a friend to be an accountability partner or keep a log of what you have done so you can stay on track.

You will want to address both physical and mental wellness. For physical, some things you can do are:

  • Go for walk, hike, or a jog
  • Ensure you are getting enough sleep
  • Join a friend for a yoga class
  • Eat healthy meals and snacks
  • Stay away from sugary drinks and alcohol
  • Stretch in the morning and/or before bed
  • Just get up and move- clean the house, rake leaves, mow the yard

For mental wellness there are many things you can do including:

  • Write in a journal daily
  • Meditate
  • Paint, draw, or other creative activity
  • Surround yourself in nature
  • Volunteer
  • Find a support group or counselor
  • Make a date with friends and go to a movie, dinner, park, etc.
  • Limit your time on social media
  • Be aware of what music you are listening to, what you are reading, watching on T.V, etc., and opt for more uplifting choices
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Final Thoughts

Although you may feel as if there is just no way to practice self-care while you are grieving as it is the furthest thing from your mind, it is so important to help you in this journey. Even if you can only do one thing each day, such as making time to journal or take a walk, that is a start.

While these things are not difficult in themselves, finding the motivation can be tough so don’t be afraid to find someone to help you and hold you accountable. After your loved one’s cremation services in Hallsville, TX, making sure to take care of yourself is not selfish, it’s a necessity for healing.

 
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