After a traumatic event or loss, you may feel lost, permanently exhausted and without hope, as anyone would. These symptoms of grief end up taking a massive toll on your mind, soul and body too. With that in mind, we would like to introduce you to some valuable tips that may guide you through alleviating grief through self-care. Loving Ashes understands that grief is a natural, varied process and merely hope to loosen the bonds around you in this trying time. Below, we have listed some low-effort suggestions and tips on how to implement them to get you through this gloomy phase, and one step closer to another summer skyline.
Sleep is a nourishing resource that should replenish your body and help it heal. When a person is very ill or injured, they are often prescribed bedrest as part of their recovery. Similarly, grief is pain, and you will absolutely need to rest well to aid your recovery. Try your best to wake up and go to sleep around the same time every day to encourage your body to keep to its natural circadian rhythm. In the mornings, try exposing yourself to sunlight. This tip naturally invigorates your body, and biologically aligns your brain into a daily cycle. At night, another trick is to avoid bright screens and blue light (like that of a mobile phone or laptop) as this confuses your body clock and activates your brain until late at night. These tips and tricks not only make you feel better but assist your sleep schedule and your overall health.
As with sleeping, eating regularly will maintain a stability in your body that ultimately helps you stay healthy. Your mind and soul are hurting and your body is suffering as a result, which is why our tips and tricks are focusing mostly on your physical health. As far as possible, try to eat three substantial meals a day, and feed your body lots of brightly coloured vegetables and plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated during an emotionally stressful time is paramount, as dehydration headaches and fatigue drag one’s mood right down.
If you can, let your friends and family know what you need from them. We know it may be difficult to figure out what you feel or need but communicating with your support group will help them help you. If all you can manage is “I am not sure what I am feeling”, that is a start! When you build up to confiding in someone, it will relieve pent-up stress within you and that is, in itself, self-care.
We know that every grief guide includes tips to exercise, but we suggest moving your body for the sake of both mental and physical health. Going out for a walk, taking your dog to a nearby park, going out to look at the flowers in your garden, heading to the gym – these are all equally awesome steps in our eyes. The movement will not only contribute to your physical health but will work your body and help you fall asleep in the evenings. Alleviating grief through self-care and exercise doesn’t mean pumping iron until you pass out – it means moving your body and experiencing the world with open eyes. Do your best and let that be enough for you.
The first person to get left behind after loss or trauma is you. Remember that you are worthy of continuing down your path, and your mental health and physical health will need some tender loving care. Hopefully you can try some of these tips and tricks, thus alleviating grief through self-care, even a little. You’ve got this.