Navigating Grief During the Holidays!
Do you have a hard time during the holidays when it comes to grief?
Navigating the holidays while grieving the loss of loved ones, is an emotional journey that many find challenging.
As celebrations amplify the absence of loved ones, it becomes crucial to feel emotions and helpful to have healthy coping mechanisms in place.
Finding effective ways to navigate around it, can provide comfort during these trying times.
The holiday season can be particularly challenging, as it is filled with memories and grief triggers such as songs, smells, sounds, decorations, and traditions.
It’s so important to allow yourself the space to feel and process these emotions as part of the healing process.
Here are some practical and healthy coping mechanisms to help you navigate grief during the holidays:
⛄ Allow yourself to cry and feel the sadness, it’s healthy to let it out.
🎄 Write your thoughts and memories and what you’re grateful for in a journal; it can be therapeutic.
⛄ Spend time connecting with supportive friends and family.
🎄 Create a list of positive memories of your loved one to celebrate their life.
⛄ Share stories about the person who’s no longer with you; talking can be healing.
🎄 Create a holiday tradition or ritual to honor and remember people.
⛄ Seek a trusted therapist to navigate your grief.
🎄 Spend time with your furry family, enjoying the comfort they provide.
⛄ Maintain a balanced diet to keep up your energy and to support your physical and emotional well-being.
🎄 Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated, tears can dehydrate.
⛄ Take a short nature walk to enjoy and breathe in the fresh air, or do some gentle exercises, to boost your mood.
🎄 Practice meditation to find moments of calm and reflection.
⛄ Engage in online activities that don’t require too much concentration, like Words with Friends, Sudoku or online jigsaw puzzles.
🎄 Find the humor in movies to lift your spirit, or take a Laughter Yoga class.
⛄ Join a grief support group that will provide a sense of community.
🎄 If you have the strength, consider volunteering because helping others can bring a sense of purpose and connection.
⛄ Continue your daily routines, because they are mindless.
🎄 Cook something that you’re loved one either loved to cook, or loved to eat, so you can feel connected to them.
Planned Holiday Events!
Sometimes when you are feeling grief during the holidays, there are planned events.
Thepsychologygroup.com says to set boundaries with holiday events. “You can participate and not participate in whatever feels right for you. While there may be pressure to attend a holiday party, family gathering, holiday show—remember to check in with your wants and needs to identify your readiness”.
It goes on to say that “It may be helpful to commit to something that sounds fun while reminding yourself that you don’t have to stay the entire time. It is also okay to opt-out of certain things altogether. Finding a balance between engaging and not pushing yourself is important.”
As you navigate the holiday season with the challenges of grief thrown into the mix, remember that healing is a personal journey.
Again, embrace support from those around you.
By acknowledging and feeling emotions, practicing self-care, and honoring the memory of someone you dearly loved, you can create a meaningful healing process.
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