Tis the Season for Self Care

Woman resting on the grass in a field.

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, something that many welcome with joy and anticipation. But for some people, this is the start of a very difficult time. Between now and the end of the year, we will use the platform of our bi-weekly blog to help those who are grieving (and the people who love them) navigate through the season.

We do this every year, and we hope to provide valuable tips and information. One of the most important things to keep in mind, if you are among those who are suffering from a loss, is to remember that you are NOT alone and there are resources and others who can help.

In this initial blog, we focus on something that can be challenging, which is to honestly acknowledge your feelings. This is a first step in easing some of the pain. There is no right or wrong way to feel, but it is essential that you recognize and accept your emotions.  This alone may help you share your thoughts and feelings with supportive friends and family. Let them know how you would like to talk about the loss of your loved one. Clear communication will help eliminate uncomfortable situations and promote understanding.

Self-care is paramount. The holidays can feel like a physical and emotional horserace. Trying to keep up with activities and the pressure of being “fine” to others around you. Take care of yourself by getting enough rest, exercise, and healthy food. Partake in only those activities that bring you joy, say no to those that will cause you stress and anxiety.

If your grief feels overwhelming, please don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist or counselor can provide support and guidance, even if it is just to navigate the holiday season.

As you journey through, remember that there is no right or wrong way. Do what is best for you, but don’t shut others out. Friends and family want you to be able to experience some of the joy that the holidays bring. By listening to them and ensuring they listen to you, you will be on your way to letting the memories of your loved one bring you the joy you may be missing.

Next time, we will give you some tips and tricks that may make things a bit easier for you, a family member or friend who is grieving from loss.