Saturday, June 19, 2004

Coping with the loss of a loved one: Emotional Health

I liked this particular extract because it applies not only to coping with grief and loss but to the daily stresses of life ....

Handling the Stress of Grief

How do you cope with the stress in your life? Although there are numerous ways, some are more effective than others. In some cases, the way we cope with a situation may be as harmful as the stress caused by the situation itself.

There are many ways in which you can effectively and healthfully cope with the stress in your life. What coping strategies are you currently using?

Ask yourself

Do you feel that you have a supportive family around you?
Are you actively engaged in a hobby?
Do you belong to a social or activity group that meets once a month?
Do you practice some form of "deep relaxation" (yoga, meditation, imagery, etc.)?
Do you do something that you really enjoy that is "just for you" during the course of an average week?
Do you keep a journal?

Try avoiding or limiting:

The amount of cigarettes you smoke during the course of an average day.
The amount you consume of any form of medication or chemical substance (including alcohol) to help you sleep.
The amount you consume of any form of medication or chemical substance (including alcohol) to reduce your anxiety or just to calm you down.
Bringing home work that was meant to be done at your place of employment.

Ways to Nurture Yourself:

Taking bubble baths
Reading a good book
Journaling (try our online version)
Watching a movie
Calling a friend
Drawing

Q&A:
"When will I stop crying?"
Although it may not seem like it at times, eventually the tears will end. There may be times when hearing a favorite song, smelling a remembered fragrance, or doing something you used to enjoy together will bring a moment of sadness and tears.

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