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Setting a Positive Course While Grieving

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Setting a Positive Course While Grieving


Grieving is a difficult process, and each person will experience it in a different way. This includes survivor’s grief, which often impacts those whose lives have changed after experiencing medical issues, such as a stroke. Grief can manifest while learning to live a completely different way of life — a life that may result in the loss of hobbies, friendships, and to a certain extent, freedom. So while many associate grief with the loss of a person or a place, many have to contend with grief when they lose who they once were.

As such, there’s no clear-cut path through grief, but you can do things to help make it a little easier. By setting healthy goals and taking small steps in the right direction, you can find some comfort and healing during this difficult time. Split Enz Hair Salon invites you to check out these tips for creating a healthy plan while managing your grief. Contact Harbor Hypnotherapy today to learn more.

Spend Time in Nature

Getting outside and taking in the fresh air can do wonders for your mind and body. Spend time hiking, walking, or simply sitting and taking in nature's beauty. Even a stroll around the block or down the street can help improve your mood. The beauty of the outdoors can help soothe your soul and provide some much-needed peace.

Connect With Loved Ones

Spending time with loved ones is a great way to connect and feel supported. Whether you stay in for a night of movies or go out for a walk and some laughs, spending time with those you love can help you heal. If you can't see them in person, connect with them online or on the phone. Thanks to apps like Zoom and FaceTime, connecting with a loved one face to face is as easy as turning on your smartphone or tablet.

Focus on the Little Things

Even in the darkest of times, there are things we can do to help ourselves feel just a little bit better. Sometimes, it's the small things that make the biggest difference. Something as simple as getting a haircut can help us to feel better both physically and emotionally. When we take care of our appearance, we send a message to ourselves that we're worth taking care of. And when we book an appointment at Split Enz Hair Salon, we're also sending a message that we deserve to be pampered and treated with kindness. In a world that can often feel cold and unforgiving, acts of self-care like this one can make all the difference.

Get Enough Sleep

When you’re grieving, it’s common to have trouble sleeping. However, getting enough sleep is crucial for your health and well-being. Whenever possible, go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, avoid caffeine and alcohol several hours before bed, and make your bedroom a calming place by decluttering and enhancing organization. Create a quiet, relaxing place to meditate before bedtime to help make it easier for you to drift off to sleep. If you continue to have sleepless nights, contact your doctor.

Head Back to School

Going back to school can help you while you're grieving in a number of ways. First, it can provide a much-needed distraction from your sorrow. When you're focused on learning new material or completing assignments, you can take your mind off of your loss for a little while. In addition, going back to school can give you a sense of purpose and routine. At a time when your life may feel chaotic and unpredictable, the structure of a school schedule can provide some stability. Finally, going back to school can help you build a support network of friends and mentors who can offer sympathy and advice.

Of course, going back to school may not be the right choice for everyone. Some people find that they need more time to grieve before they're ready to focus on academics. Others may not have the financial resources to return to school right away. Thankfully, there are many options available for those who want to continue their education. Many schools offer flexible scheduling and financial aid options that can make returning to school easier. So if you're considering going back to school after a loss, be sure to spend time looking at the options available and choose the path that's right for you.

Skip the Junk Food

A treat is okay sometimes; when you’re out with friends or enjoying a nice dinner at a restaurant, it’s okay to indulge. However, it's always best to stick to a nutritious diet. Eating junk food only makes you feel worse in the long run.

Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein in your diet. It’s also a good idea to swap out sodas and chips for fruits and nuts as snacks at home and at work. Even little changes can make a big difference. Before making any serious changes to your diet, be sure to consult your physician to ensure you’re eating what’s best for your body.

Avoid Overworking

You may try to immerse yourself in work following a loved one's death. Don't put in too many hours; this sets the stage for burnout, which can adversely affect your healing process. Overworking can also affect other areas of your life, from the ability to get good sleep to sticking to a healthy diet. Set boundaries, such as set work hours, and stick to them. If you have to, schedule free time, and acknowledge it's okay to take time for yourself. 

Find a New Hobby

Pursuing a new hobby can be a great way to take your mind off troubles and help you heal. A hobby is a fun and relaxing way to spend your free time. Activities may include painting, writing, cooking, or playing a musical instrument. Think about the things you truly enjoy and look forward to, and try to incorporate them into your day. If nothing else, a hobby can help you focus on other things, if only for a little while.

Get a Pet

Pets can provide companionship and unconditional love during difficult times. Before getting a new animal, research to find the best option to fit your lifestyle and personality. Adopting a pet is a huge responsibility, so make sure you’re ready and able to care for your new compassion before making that commitment. If you can't commit to a pet, consider volunteering at a local animal shelter.

Grieve and Stay Healthy

Everyone grieves differently, and it’s okay if it takes longer for you to find peace than it does others. Above all else, remember to look after yourself. Practice self-care, such as sleeping enough, eating right, and exercising. You may soon discover that life has started falling back into step, even though it may look a lot different than before.

Grieving is a difficult process, and each person will experience it in a different way. This includes survivor’s grief, which often impacts those whose lives have changed after experiencing medical issues, such as a stroke. Grief can manifest while learning to live a completely different way of life — a life that may result in the loss of hobbies, friendships, and to a certain extent, freedom. So while many associate grief with the loss of a person or a place, many have to contend with grief when they lose who they once were.

As such, there’s no clear-cut path through grief, but you can do things to help make it a little easier. By setting healthy goals and taking small steps in the right direction, you can find some comfort and healing during this difficult time. Split Enz Hair Salon invites you to check out these tips for creating a healthy plan while managing your grief. Contact Harbor Hypnotherapy today to learn more.

Spend Time in Nature

Getting outside and taking in the fresh air can do wonders for your mind and body. Spend time hiking, walking, or simply sitting and taking in nature's beauty. Even a stroll around the block or down the street can help improve your mood. The beauty of the outdoors can help soothe your soul and provide some much-needed peace.

Connect With Loved Ones

Spending time with loved ones is a great way to connect and feel supported. Whether you stay in for a night of movies or go out for a walk and some laughs, spending time with those you love can help you heal. If you can't see them in person, connect with them online or on the phone. Thanks to apps like Zoom and FaceTime, connecting with a loved one face to face is as easy as turning on your smartphone or tablet.

Focus on the Little Things

Even in the darkest of times, there are things we can do to help ourselves feel just a little bit better. Sometimes, it's the small things that make the biggest difference. Something as simple as getting a haircut can help us to feel better both physically and emotionally. When we take care of our appearance, we send a message to ourselves that we're worth taking care of. And when we book an appointment at Split Enz Hair Salon, we're also sending a message that we deserve to be pampered and treated with kindness. In a world that can often feel cold and unforgiving, acts of self-care like this one can make all the difference.

Get Enough Sleep

When you’re grieving, it’s common to have trouble sleeping. However, getting enough sleep is crucial for your health and well-being. Whenever possible, go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, avoid caffeine and alcohol several hours before bed, and make your bedroom a calming place by decluttering and enhancing organization. Create a quiet, relaxing place to meditate before bedtime to help make it easier for you to drift off to sleep. If you continue to have sleepless nights, contact your doctor.

Head Back to School

Going back to school can help you while you're grieving in a number of ways. First, it can provide a much-needed distraction from your sorrow. When you're focused on learning new material or completing assignments, you can take your mind off of your loss for a little while. In addition, going back to school can give you a sense of purpose and routine. At a time when your life may feel chaotic and unpredictable, the structure of a school schedule can provide some stability. Finally, going back to school can help you build a support network of friends and mentors who can offer sympathy and advice.

Of course, going back to school may not be the right choice for everyone. Some people find that they need more time to grieve before they're ready to focus on academics. Others may not have the financial resources to return to school right away. Thankfully, there are many options available for those who want to continue their education. Many schools offer flexible scheduling and financial aid options that can make returning to school easier. So if you're considering going back to school after a loss, be sure to spend time looking at the options available and choose the path that's right for you.

Skip the Junk Food

A treat is okay sometimes; when you’re out with friends or enjoying a nice dinner at a restaurant, it’s okay to indulge. However, it's always best to stick to a nutritious diet. Eating junk food only makes you feel worse in the long run.

Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein in your diet. It’s also a good idea to swap out sodas and chips for fruits and nuts as snacks at home and at work. Even little changes can make a big difference. Before making any serious changes to your diet, be sure to consult your physician to ensure you’re eating what’s best for your body.

Avoid Overworking

You may try to immerse yourself in work following a loved one's death. Don't put in too many hours; this sets the stage for burnout, which can adversely affect your healing process. Overworking can also affect other areas of your life, from the ability to get good sleep to sticking to a healthy diet. Set boundaries, such as set work hours, and stick to them. If you have to, schedule free time, and acknowledge it's okay to take time for yourself. 

Find a New Hobby

Pursuing a new hobby can be a great way to take your mind off troubles and help you heal. A hobby is a fun and relaxing way to spend your free time. Activities may include painting, writing, cooking, or playing a musical instrument. Think about the things you truly enjoy and look forward to, and try to incorporate them into your day. If nothing else, a hobby can help you focus on other things, if only for a little while.

Get a Pet

Pets can provide companionship and unconditional love during difficult times. Before getting a new animal, research to find the best option to fit your lifestyle and personality. Adopting a pet is a huge responsibility, so make sure you’re ready and able to care for your new compassion before making that commitment. If you can't commit to a pet, consider volunteering at a local animal shelter.

Grieve and Stay Healthy

Everyone grieves differently, and it’s okay if it takes longer for you to find peace than it does others. Above all else, remember to look after yourself. Practice self-care, such as sleeping enough, eating right, and exercising. You may soon discover that life has started falling back into step, even though it may look a lot different than before.


Article written by Lucille Rossetti

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