Even during times of grief, it’s important to be taking care of yourself. Self-care is key to help ease the suffering of the mind, body and spirit and what that self-care is, looks different for everyone. Here, we’ll be sharing some of our tips that we’ve found work for those dealing with the grieving process. We hope some of these will work for you, too.
First, we’d like to acknowledge that self-care doesn’t have to be physical. It can be mental and emotional, too. It’s important to give yourself the love and respect you deserve by talking kindly to yourself and knowing that grief takes time. Feel what you need to feel and know there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Here are a few of our favorite tips to support mental health:
1. Find activities
Is it baking, art, reading, praying, music? Whatever it may be, find it and make it a priority during your day. It’s something you will look forward to and will bring peace of mind. Pushing your grief deep down and not addressing it won’t allow you to heal. Don’t busy yourself too much trying to bury your grief, but rather find a healthy outlet for your emotions. It could be writing and journaling, exercise, or gardening. Whatever it might be, find something that gives you the opportunity to release those emotions, holds you accountable, makes you smile, and stick with it.
2. Talk it out
It’s important to talk to others about how you’re feeling, but it doesn’t always have to be about grief. Just knowing you have someone to talk to feels wonderful. Reach out to families or friends, ask them to lunch or just to come over to your house, it’s important to not be alone or feel alone during this time. They may not reach out to you because they don’t know how during your time of grief, so having you take that first step can be very beneficial for everyone.
3. Laugh when you can
Laughter truly is medicine for the mind and the body. It is shown to release stress-reducing chemicals in the brain. Don’t feel guilty for having times of happiness and laughter. This doesn’t mean you love or miss the person any less. Watch a funny TV show or movie, go to a comedy show, hang out with friends that make you laugh, your mind will thank you.
Supporting yourself emotionally only goes so far. It’s also important to take care of yourself physically. Doing these simple things for yourself can help you feel refreshed, calm, and have a sense of control, while staying in a somewhat normal routine.
1. Give yourself sleep
Your body needs an ample amount of rest to heal. Give yourself the sleep you need to allow your body and mind to recover. 7-8 hours of sleep keeps you healthy, reduces stress, improves mood, and gives you mental clarity.
2. Eat healthy
Your mind is experiencing trauma. Replenish your body and mind with nutritious foods and plenty of water so that you can heal properly. Need inspiration? Cooking Therapy is Roupp Funeral Home’s collection of our favorite recipes that's easy to make at home. Cooking empowers individuals to express their grief in healthy, rational, and positive ways. So, not only will eating healthy be a great way to support your physical health, but cooking supports your mental health as well.
3. Move Your Body
Exercise is calming for both mind and body. Go for a walk, do yoga, bike, run, or even clean the house. Whatever form of movement you enjoy, do that. And if you’re local to Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, we’re hosting a free yoga event at Roupp Funeral Home. August 7th, 2022, join Roupp Funeral Home for Sunset Yoga on the Lawn.
Yoga is perfect for those during their time of grief as it’s powerful for both the mind and the body. It allows you to sit with grief and at the same time create a space where you feel connected to the present. Yoga helps us loosen the emotional and physical tightness in our bodies caused by grief. Which is why yoga for grief can be one of the best activities you can do for your mind and your body during this process.
We hope our tips have brought you some sort of comfort during this incredibly difficult time. And if you need more support, there’s many local and virtual Grief Support groups such as GriefShare.
GriefShare is a group led by caring people who have experienced grief and have successfully rebuilt their lives. To learn more about how you can be part of this community, head over to our GriefShare page. Click here.
For more information about grief support, please reach out to us at 570-966-2402 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.