Taking Care of Yourself
This is not a luxury, but rather a necessity, especially while grieving.
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Laugh.… Laughter IS the best medicine. It makes you forget for a while and produces endorphins, the body’s way of producing pleasure.
- Get adequate rest…. food and nutrition. Keeping your body energized is an important stress-buster. You’ll feel better physically, and that will translate into how you feel emotionally.
- Choose relaxing activities…. like massage, yoga, or meditation. Ten minutes of quiet can help clear your mind. Stretching will give you a sense of peace, and a massage can leave you very relaxed.
- Make time…. to do something that gives you pleasure. Music, gardening, shopping, walking, seeing a film all provide the same effect.
- Join a support group…. Sharing with a group can help you talk through your stressful times. For some, just the support from others is all they need.
- Start a journal… Writing down your feelings can be very therapeutic. It’s a private venue where you can open up.
- Consider how your faith or spirituality…. can provide inspiration and enlightenment. Going to church may provide solace. Taking a walk on the the beach gives your life meaning.
- Buy/read books…. on change, stress-relievers or self-help.
- Seek and accept help…. When people offer assistance, accept it. They might offer a suggestion that worked for them that you may have overlooked.
Some stress and anxiety is normal, but when it starts to get worse, seek help. The power of time can motivate and clear your mind, making room for balance in your life.